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5 Books That Every Leader Should Be Reading Now

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The beginning of a new year is always a good time to be reconsidering one's reading list.  With apologies to friends who have written terrific books on leadership and corporate social responsibility, the following are the five books (in alphabetical order) that I think leaders should be reading (or in some cases, re-reading) this year.  Some of them are new, some are more vintage, but all of them have lessons for leaders that are not only worthwhile, but increasing important in our highly competitive and chaotic world.

5 Corporate Social Responsibility Trends to Watch in 2019

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2018 proved to be an active year in Corporate Social Responsibility with issues related to sustainability, globalization, advocacy on social issues and multiple natural disasters in the forefront. Some of these issues and trends will continue into 2019, but leaders should expect to see the following noteworthy changes:

Common Impact Connections Newsletter: Holiday Edition

In this issue: a look to the year ahead, new podcast episodes, social sector spotlights, and cross-sector partnerships in action!
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Happy Holidays! As we close out 2018, the Common Impact team is reflecting on the significant impact we've made with our partners this past year. We are excited to see skills-based volunteerism continue to play an important role in building stronger communities and developing purpose-driven professionals across all sectors. While we are proud of what we have accomplished so far, we know there is more work to be done in 2019 and beyond to continue to drive meaningful community partnerships. 

Companies Now Required to Speak Out on ESG Issues: New Research

by John Howell, Editorial Director & VP of Content, 3BL Media
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As a journalist, I’ve always searched out cultural trends as I saw them developing, in a constant search for “what’s next.”
 
“What’s next” is, of course, of major importance to business. Looking ahead to map out strategy is critical to continued success. But which trends are the right ones with which to align future plans? Which ones will matter months, even years, down the line?
 

Passion vs. Purpose in Leadership: Which Do You Need Most?

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“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Oprah Winfrey

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finance Sector Discovers Social Purpose

by John Howell, Editorial Director & VP of Content, 3BL Media
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We may be heading into the cold, dark days of winter, but my inbox has been glowing red-hot with a blast of news about sustainable finance. Updates are coming from every area of the category, from giant global entities to funds offering niche investment products, and services aimed at millennials and women. The volume and the variety of this news demonstrate that ESG-driven metrics are now becoming widely accepted as material factors in mainstream investment decision-making.

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