124 episodes

Welcome the Finding Impact Podcast, hosted by Andy Narracott. On this podcast, you'll hear interviews with strategies, tactics and tips from guests who have out-sized knowledge or experience on a particular challenge facing social entrepreneurs. That's everything from raising capital and creating successful partnerships, to training a workforce and engaging with government. Also, customer service systems, assessing credit worthiness, revenue collection strategies, talent recruitment, reaching the next level of scale whilst maintaining quality, in-country manufacturing for your next product, prioritizing fundraising vs. competing demands, investing in staff and employee retention, and finally, strategy development. Join the community of social entrepreneurs helping each other to create a better world for our children.

The Finding Impact Podcast Andy Narracott

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Welcome the Finding Impact Podcast, hosted by Andy Narracott. On this podcast, you'll hear interviews with strategies, tactics and tips from guests who have out-sized knowledge or experience on a particular challenge facing social entrepreneurs. That's everything from raising capital and creating successful partnerships, to training a workforce and engaging with government. Also, customer service systems, assessing credit worthiness, revenue collection strategies, talent recruitment, reaching the next level of scale whilst maintaining quality, in-country manufacturing for your next product, prioritizing fundraising vs. competing demands, investing in staff and employee retention, and finally, strategy development. Join the community of social entrepreneurs helping each other to create a better world for our children.

    FIP 124: Using Design Thinking in the Needfinding Process with Elizabeth Knight

    FIP 124: Using Design Thinking in the Needfinding Process with Elizabeth Knight

    This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we find out how design thinking concepts can be used to improve the needfinding process and ideation. We talk with Elizabeth Knight, Founder of Purposeful, a new social enterprise empowering young people to create careers driven by purpose. Purposeful gives young people a structured way of finding their purpose.

    • 35 min
    FIP 123: How this young founder is bootstrapping his EdTech Startup, with Cyril Michino of Chaptr Global

    FIP 123: How this young founder is bootstrapping his EdTech Startup, with Cyril Michino of Chaptr Global

    This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we find out out how a young founder bootstrapped his startup and the lessons he learnt in wannapreneurship. We talk with Cyril Michino, co-founder of Chaptr Global who shares his experiences around the challenges faced by young founders and how he’s innovating around such challenges by adopting innovative revenue-sharing business models.

    • 40 min
    FIP 122: How to build processes and systems for scale, with Boston Nyer of BURN Manufacturing

    FIP 122: How to build processes and systems for scale, with Boston Nyer of BURN Manufacturing

    This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we are talking to Boston Nyer, co-founder of BURN. Boston's played a wide variety of roles during his 8 years at BURN, including COO, where he was tasked with setting up processes in their factory in Nairobi that makes more than one stove per minute. It's the largest of its kind on the continent.
    On this episode you will learn:
    An intro to his background, to BURN, and how BURN is structured. 1:48.  How BURN is split up by departments. 6:00. Four pillars: 1) Innovation (ie. new product development, piloting sales models, distribution schemes, etc.), 2) Operations (ie.manufacturing and supply chain), 3) Commercial (sales marketing), 4) Finance and Business support (Admin, IT, and HR).  Which of these four areas Boston realized he needed to formalize by establishing systems and procedures. 7:00.  How Boston would start making a procedure. 10:32. Start with and have the right vision on how you’re going to succeed on the market as well as operational side.  Find expertise externally if you do not have it internally. Find two or three experts who disagree with each other, and where they disagree is the spotlight of the area that you can play in.  Avoid the trap of making systems to make systems.  Start early and often. 21:50. How Boston introduces new processes to staff without too much pushback. 18:02. Skipfab? - Why, How, What How often he revisits procedures. 23:10. It’s continuous, although some things have more of a natural cycle, like launching a new product.  Create a forum for conversation of sharing of ideas which might or might not be winners. 25:10. How Boston gets people to follow processes. 27:37. Make them and refine them so that they are inherently obvious.  Bonus system to pay people for quality.  Resources that Boston would recommend: The Finding Impact podcast, conduct research via google, be self driven, go find external experts, d-rev Resources from this episode:
    BURN cookstoves https://burnstoves.com/ D-Rev http://d-rev.org/  Connect with Boston:
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/boston-nyer-9993831a/ 

    • 36 min
    FIP 121: Maintaining culture with growth through scale, with Paul Breloff of Shortlist

    FIP 121: Maintaining culture with growth through scale, with Paul Breloff of Shortlist

    This week we are talking about the challenges of maintaining culture as your social business scales, and tactics for how to adapt and scale your culture, with Paul Breloff of Shortlist. Paul's company, Shortlist, helps companies build and develop their teams through a new approach to hiring. Particularly, we’ll be talking about Paul’s experience as he grew Shortlist’s team across two continents and to nearly 100 people and lessons he’s learned from the entrepreneurs at companies Shortlist works with

    • 38 min
    FIP 120: Adapting managment and leadership styles for scale

    FIP 120: Adapting managment and leadership styles for scale

    This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we are talking about how founders of social enterprises can transition from being a product builder to company builder, with Glynis Rankin from Creative Metier. Glynis is the CEO of Creative Metier, a niche consultancy that works with social impact investors and their investees to support social enterprises and small and growing businesses in emerging markets through executive coaching, human capital resources, and organizational strengthening.
    On this podcast, you will learn:
    How founders shift their leadership and management styles as their social enterprise scales, by looking at issues such as delegation, role of culture and values, coaching styles, etc. The key difference between leadership and management roles in early stage social enterprises, where the core objectives of the leadership role are to set the strategic vision for the business, manage the interface between the business and the external environment, and inspire others to engage in it. Whereas, the management role is about the day-to-day activities to achieve the strategic business plan and deliver results. The importance of delegation and coaching as a necessary leadership style so that the founder can pass on responsibility of key business functions and driving the business to others within the organization, while the founder can focus on other key aspects of aligning the culture and values with the business vision and future growth. About examples of Creative Metier's programs to support small businesses and social enterprise founders in making the transition to a delegation and coaching style of leadership in line with their business objectives and values. And finally, Glynis shares excellent resources that are useful to social entrepreneurs and small business founders as they think about shifting their leadership styles and prepare to transition their business for growth and scale. The links for the resources are provided below.  
    Links to Resources:
    Creative Metier HBR Article - 5 Things Leaders Do That Stifle Innovation HBR Article – Creativity and the Role of the Leader HBR Article – Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey? Wired Magazine  
    Connect with Glynis:
    LinkedIn Twitter

    • 36 min
    FIP 119: Tips for young founders with Lamia Makkar who launched her first startup at age 13

    FIP 119: Tips for young founders with Lamia Makkar who launched her first startup at age 13

    This week on the Finding Impact Podcast, we’ve got Lemia Makkar and we're going to talk about Lamia's experience as a young founder, with the hope of inspiring and helping other young founders succeed at what they're doing. Lemia started her first non-profit Haiti: Hands On, at the age of 13, when at times she had to skip school to present to CEOs in Boardrooms in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where she lived. Fast forward 8 years later, to today, and Lamia has kindly come on to share her experience.

    • 39 min

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