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Mir is the Russian word for peace and world. Mir is also an Islamic word-meaning leader.
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About Mir Institute for Learning & Development

Mir Institute helps Leaders to initiate positive change in their lives, their communities, and their companies.

At Mir Institute our goal is to harness the individual power of leaders to inspire more ethical, sustainable and socially responsible corporate cultures. Simply put, we believe that corporations, through their leaders, have the power to do tremendous good in this world while ensuring corporate performance and profitability.

Why:

Globalization and capitalism have indisputable benefits while also presenting complex moral challenges for business leaders. Some of this moral complexity is attributable to the scope and nature of specific issues such as; the environment, the global economic crisis, human rights, the increasing gap in economic inequality, racism, religious conflicts, economic conflicts, emerging economies, the rising costs of education, the falling capacity of governments to meet the needs of their constituents, new media and technology, and the dissolution of moral values.

Managing moral challenges is considered to be a legitimate and crucial function of business leadership. However, leaders are faced with the difficult aspects of balancing the goals and objectives of an organization with the needs of the global stakeholders. The world in which we live today has become more complex and the issues leaders are confronted with cannot be solved easily with traditional leadership training methods. Leaders today must lead in an environment where stakeholders are diverse, feedback is instant, companies are down sizing and outsourcing, the concept of a secure job has gone away, employees are expected to be "career resilient" and conscious consumers have the power to determine sustainability.

How:

Traditional leadership development courses often focus on competency and performance. Skills such as planning, finance and analysis, communication, motivation, and project management have been emphasized. Although there is no disputing the values of these skills, corporate sustainability in today's global economy requires leaders to have additional skills such as:

  • Creating a corporate culture that fosters trust, community and commitment.
  • Building effective teams that are geographically dispersed and have different customs.
  • Heighten global awareness and insights.
  • Understanding the needs and complexity of all global stakeholders.

Mir Institute for leadership provides the framework for linking traditional leadership skills with the moral complexity needed to address employee well being, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Our goal is to provide leaders with the skill set to maximize the so-called triple bottom line: People, Planet and Profit. Our leadership courses and tools accomplish this through:

  1. Refinement of self-mastering skills; knowing who you are, how you think and how these behaviors influence decisions.
  2. Elevating perspectives so leaders can make sense of emerging trends before they happen, see inter-dependencies, and have a more complete understanding of people, their motivations and needs.
  3. Demonstrating the value of advanced change leadership skills through “conscious” thinking, reducing resistance, building commitment, and promoting high engagement of staff in order to lead organizational transformation.
  4. Gaining a better appreciation of divergent opinions and see value in all perspectives.
  5. Building bridges and global alliances with leaders from around the world to leverage expertise and experiences.

On a personal note, Mir Institute was named after Mir Meadows, Laurie Webb’s ranch in Northern California where programs are held. Laurie’s mother named Mir Meadows almost a decade ago. Given the meanings of “Mir” and its international origins, it made sense to expand the use of the name for Mir Institute. We hope you agree.

Mir - Mir is a title which is derived from the Arabic title Emir or Amir. It was adopted in many languages under Islamic influence and means leader of a group or tribe.

Mir - For Russians, the very name "Mir" holds meaning, feeling, and history. Mir translates into English as "world," "peace," and "village".

Our Framework

links traditional leadership skills with the moral aptitude needed to address employee well being, corporate responsibility and global sustainability.

Our Belief

is that corporate performance and sustainability is enabled through ethical leadership, employee satisfaction, and social responsibility.

Our Network

of industry leaders promote self and interpersonal awareness strategies for learning rather than a traditional training philosophy.
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