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Sharath Jeevan OBE

Founder & Chair, Intrinsic Labs: Leaders as nurturers of purpose and impact

“(For leaders) it’s about being able to ask the right question at the right time… that’s classic talent nurturing behaviour… trying to help everyone on your team become the best versions of themselves. The trick is to help create the space for us all to reflect on what really motivates each one of us in our unique context, giving us all the courage and the tools to make small, incremental but powerful changes towards it.”

Sharath Jeevan is one of the worlds leading experts on ‘intrinsic motivation’ and is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Intrinsic Labs, which supports organisations to embed motivation principles in their work. He has previously held senior roles in companies such as eBay and Booz & Co, as well as in government and the social sector.

Sharath was the Founder and CEO of STiR Education, an international education NGO, established in 2012. STiR scaled from 12 schools in 2012, to 35,000 schools across India, Uganda and Indonesia in 2021, impacting over 200,000 teachers and 7 million children.

Sharath also founded Teaching Leaders, a leadership programme for inner-city schools in the UK, which was expanded to all eligible schools by the UK government and replicated in 8 US cities with the support of the Obama Administration.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, NPR, CNN, CNBC, The Hindustan Times and The Times of India. An accomplished speaker, Sharath has addressed large audiences at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Lego Ideas Festival in Denmark, TEDx Shiv Nadar Conference in Delhi and WISE Summit in Qatar.

Sharath holds degrees from Cambridge and Oxford Universities and from INSEAD. He was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contributions to the field, and served on the steering group of the Education Commission, the pre-eminent global body founded by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Sharaths first book Intrinsic: A Manifesto to Reignite Our Inner Drive” was published in multiple countries in September 2021.


Book: Intrinsic: A Manifesto to Reignite Our Inner Drive:

Ep 23. Sharath Jeevan OBE, Founder & Chair, Intrinsic Labs:

Leaders as nurturers of purpose and impact

Sharath Jeevan is one of the worlds leading experts on ‘intrinsic motivation’ and author of the book, Intrinsic: A Manifesto to Reignite Our Inner Drive.

Having recently founded the social purpose business, Intrinsic Labs, Sharath is on a mission to help leaders solve deep motivational challenges. In his book, Sharath lays out a framework and strategies for leaders to align their organisations and their teams around purpose, thereby tapping into that inner or intrinsic motivation that drives us all.

We explore the role of leaders in creating space for their teams to co-create solutions and to serve as nurturers of talent and impact. And we discuss the power of creating a Personal Mission Statement.

Recorded Aug 2021.

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