People Appreciate Thank-You Notes a Lot More Than You Think


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Companies in India spent 75.36 billion rupees on CSR this year – The CSR Journal


Companies in India spent INR 75.36 billion on corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities in 2017-18, a 47% rise compared to 2014-15, says a survey. “This is a significant rise, clearly demonstrating higher expenditure towards CSR activities from the mandated year, 2014,” said the KPMG India CSR Reporting Survey 2018.

The cumulative expenditure by top 100 companies from 2014-15 to 2017-18 is about INR 263.85 billion, the survey said. The average amount spent per company has gone up to INR 761 million as compared to INR 588 million during 2014-15, up 29%, it said.

The survey further said that the total unspent amount has reduced by INR 7.49 billion to INR 9.89 billion during 2017-18 from INR 17.38 billion in 2014-15. “This is the fourth year into the report and also government regulation to spend 2% on CSR. This year, the two outcomes which are showing progress due to the regulation are – governance around CSR and contribution of private sector in the development,” said Santhosh Jayaram, Partner and Head, Sustainability and CSR Advisory, KPMG in India.

“The governance around CSR has improved to a great extent. The functioning of the CSR committee has shown significant development as increasing number of top executives are involved and CSR is also a board room discussion. The CSR spend is increasing over years and more private companies are crossing the 2% threshold,” he added.

The number of companies that have spent less than 2% has also substantially come down by 37% to 33 companies in 2017-18 from 52 in 2014-15. State-wise, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka are the top five states from an expenditure perspective, the survey added.

Statistics
84 companies implemented their CSR projects through a combination of direct implementation, own foundation or implementing partners against only 57 companies which preferred this implementation modality during 2016-17, indicating an upward trend of 47%
Expenditure towards education has increased by over 75% over the last 4 years i.e. from INR 1249 Cr. (2014-15) to INR 2202 Cr. (2017-18)
Energy & Power sector has spent the highest amount towards CSR (INR 2464.96 Cr.) followed by BFSI (INR 1352.67 Cr.), Customer Products (INR 635.41 Cr.), IT Consulting & Software (INR 1100 Cr.) and Mining & Metal (INR 647.12 Cr.). Chemicals (INR 22.03 Cr.), Media & Entertainment (INR 25.4 Cr.), Services (INR 152.5 Cr.)
89% Indian origin companies have a stand-alone CSR committee during the current year compared to 79% during 2014-15. 100% non-Indian origin companies have a stand-alone CSR committee during the current year compared to 89% during 2014-15
30% of N100 companies were required to provide reason for unspent CSR funds as compared to 60% in 2014-15. Out of these 90% have given reason for unspent CSR funds as compared to 98% in 2014-15.
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A stoic tightrope: Generosity, curiosity and consistency


Kindness is invincible, provided it’s sincere — not ironic or an act. What can even the most vicious person do if you keep treating them with kindness and gently set him straight — if you get the chance — correcting him cheerfully at the exact moment that he’s trying to do you harm: “No, no, my friend. That isn’t what we’re here for. It isn’t me who’s harmed by that. It’s you.” And show him, gently and without pointing fingers, that it’s so. That bees don’t behave like this — or any other animals with a sense of community. Don’t do it sardonically or meanly, but affectionately — with no hatred in your heart. And not ex cathedra or to impress third parties, but speaking directly. Even if there are other people around.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 11.18

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That massive email – The Startup – Medium


And, if after all, it isn’t something that is best suited to being communicated via email, you could maybe try some alternatives:

Having a discussion in a private meeting room
Walking over to someone’s desk to ask them a question
Creating a Slack channel or group DM
Writing your thoughts in a shared document and soliciting comments
Going for a walk around the block to chat about it
Chatting about it over lunch
Just getting on with something using your best judgement
There’s plenty of alternatives that you could be doing rather than firing up Gmail.

So, in summary
Be a good email citizen. Otherwise this laptop gets it.

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That massive email – The Startup – Medium


And, if after all, it isn’t something that is best suited to being communicated via email, you could maybe try some alternatives:

Having a discussion in a private meeting room
Walking over to someone’s desk to ask them a question
Creating a Slack channel or group DM
Writing your thoughts in a shared document and soliciting comments
Going for a walk around the block to chat about it
Chatting about it over lunch
Just getting on with something using your best judgement
There’s plenty of alternatives that you could be doing rather than firing up Gmail.

So, in summary
Be a good email citizen. Otherwise this laptop gets it.

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Podcast: Becoming a Business Chameleon | Longitudes


How we do business today isn’t how we’ll do business even a year from now.

As a result of this whirlwind disruption, adaptability has become the most valuable currency in the world of business. Put another way: Successful leaders must think and act like a chameleon.

In this episode of Longitudes Radio, a trio of industry experts chat with the BBC’s Samantha Simmonds about the importance of adaptive leadership and explore the most consequential changes rippling up and down global supply chains.

Holly Tucker, co-founder of online marketplace Not on the High Street, joins business development guru Roger Flynn and UPS’S Richard Currie for an insightful conversation loaded with practical advice for those weighing how best to navigate the breakneck pace of international commerce.

As the experts point out, you can’t simply dump money into the latest technologies – the tech arms race comes with a price.

But there are opportunities as well, especially for small businesses that can plug into the e-commerce ecosystem and become major players seemingly overnight.

Come gather ’round people … for the times they are a-changin’.

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The Psychological Reason You Should Refuse To Apologize


The takeaway?
Apologize only when you mean it. The rest of the time, find better language to express what you truly mean.

When you want to make a good impression, you don’t walk into a room hunched over, eyes down. You stride in confidently, making eye contact and appearing in command.

It’s the same with language. By speaking unapologetically, you’ll find yourself more respected and more confident in yourself.

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Nietzsche on the Journey of Becoming and What It Means to Be a Free Spirit – Brain Pickings


“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life,”

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