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Ron Elsdon

Thursday, 3/7/13, 8:00 am Pacific, 9:00 am Mountain, 10:00 am Central, 11:00 am EST, 12:00 pm Atlantic, 5:00 pm Zurich, 6:00 pm Istanbul, Dubai 8:00 pm


Business Behaving Well:  Social Responsibility, from Learning to Doing


Community prosperity is strongly linked to business success with business success dependent on vibrant communities.  Recent economic turmoil and growing economic inequality call into question a purely market oriented doctrine with a narrow business focus on only financial return.  There are alternatives that consist of socially responsible business practices, supported by enlightened public policy and thoughtful individual responsibility.  In this session Ron Elsdon will explore the need for such practices, and the implications for organizations, for leadership and for career professionals.  This will build on a recent book, Business Behaving Well:  Social Responsibility, from Learning to Doing, which provides a rationale and roadmap for organizations to incorporate socially responsible practices, building on real-world examples from contributing authors, and principles of social justice.


Bio


Ron Elsdon is founder and President of Elsdon, Inc.  Ron specializes in the workforce and career development fields, providing organizational consulting, individual career counseling and coaching, public speaking, publishing and lecturing.  He has more than 25 years of leadership experience at diverse organizations.  He has also been active in speaking, writing about, and promoting a range of social causes.  Ron is author of Affiliation in the Workplace: Value Creation in the New Organization (Praeger, 2003), editor of Building Workforce Strength: Creating Value through Workforce and Career Development (Praeger, 2010), and editor of Business Behaving Well: Social Responsibility, from Learning to Doing (Potomac Books, Inc., 2013).  He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, a Master’s degree in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University, and a first class honors degree in Chemical Engineering from Leeds University. 


Exercise that Listeners Can Do before the Interview


Ron Elsdon


Examine on-line information about two organizations, one that you respect and one that you have concerns about.  As you review this information reflect on the following questions:

  1. How does the organization’s leadership speak and act with respect to the following groups:
        •    Employees
        •    Senior leaders
        •    Investors
        •    Community members
        •    Suppliers
        •    Customers
        •    Partners
       
  2. What is missing from what the organizations’ leaders say and do?


If you have an opportunity, explore these questions with one or more people who work for the organizations.

 

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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin, with Careerwell Tele-Interivews. Our speaker today, Ron Elsdon, is founder and President of Elsdon, Inc.  With more than 25 years of leadership experience at diverse organizations, he has been active in speaking, writing about, and promoting a range of social causes.  Ron is author of Affiliation in the Workplace: Value Creation in the New Organization, editor of Building Workforce Strength: Creating Value through Workforce and Career Development, and editor of his newest book, published this year, Business Behaving Well: Social Responsibility, from Learning to Doing.  He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, a Master’s degree in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University, and a first class honors degree in Chemical Engineering from Leeds University. Welcome Ron!


 

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Interview Questions

 

  1. Are companies responsible for more than shareholder returns?  (Slides 1-4)  
  2. How has inequality changed in the U.S. and what is our perception about it?  (Slides 5 and 6)
  3. Why should we care about inequality?  (Slides 7-11)
  4. What is corporate social responsibility and why is it beneficial?  (Slides 12-15)
  5. Which constituencies are affected by corporate social responsibility?  What are the organization’s responsibilities to each group?  How does the organization benefit from each group?  What are the potential challenges and tensions with each group?(Slide 16)  
  6. What does it take for an organization to embrace socially responsible practices?  (Slides 17-18)
  7. What are some examples of social responsibility in policy and practice? (Slide 19)
  8. What does social responsibility mean for organizational and individual actions?  (Slides 20-23)
  9. What resource is available for understanding more about this topic?  (Slide 24)

Thank you Ron, Thank you listeners.  Upcoming speakers are:

 

This is Dr. Sally Gelardin, with Careerwell Tele-Interviews.

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