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Ethical Corporation

Once Again, Banks Violate Our Trust . . .

September 21, 2016 0 Comments
Once Again, Banks Violate Our Trust . . .

Leadership Owns This Scandal And just where was (is) the leadership at Wells Fargo in this ethical failure? What kind of culture would lead an employee to even consider falsifying emails, establishing unauthorized accounts, issuing unauthorized credit/debit cards, collecting fraudulent fees and impacting customers’ credit scores? How can customers ever trust Wells Fargo again. Full […]

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Parallel Universes and Leadership

March 16, 2016 0 Comments
Parallel Universes and Leadership

Three Parallel Universes: I’m speaking of Organizations (including businesses), Personal Lives and the Public Square. There seem to be a lot of parallels in those three universes. Of course, this should not be surprising since each comprises individuals from the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens. Now, I have no intention of turning this into a political […]

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A Scout Is Trustworthy . . .

January 13, 2016 0 Comments
A Scout Is Trustworthy . . .

I had the privilege of spending part of my youth in the Boy Scouts of America (way back before all the controversies surrounding that organization). I can still “rattle off” the Scout Law, Motto and Oath. They were committed to memory as well as spoken out loud very frequently. I learned some very useful things – […]

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Trust – Up, Down and Across the Organization

January 6, 2016 0 Comments
Trust – Up, Down and Across the Organization

The issue of trust in organizations came up several times during the last two months (of last year). I am working with a couple of new executives and so we had not been through the conversation at that point. And I was reminded of this again when I saw a list of the “Six T’s” […]

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The Black Box

December 9, 2015 0 Comments
The Black Box

Eons ago, when I was in engineering school, we had an exercise known as “The Black Box.” The idea is simple, the challenge wasn’t always so simple. Inside the box, hidden from our view, was an electronic circuit. There were two variations, a paper exercise where we were given the input and output wave forms […]

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Book Review: Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

December 4, 2015 0 Comments
Book Review: Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

I am grateful that I had Chapman’s book “on the shelf” (in the electronic reader) to read. I had just finished Jeffrey Pfeffer’s book, Leadership BS, and was pretty down based on what I had read. What a delight and contrast, to pick up Chapman’s and Sisodia’s book. It has renewed my faith in human […]

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Paul Tudor Jones II: Why we Need to Rethink Capitalism

April 23, 2015 0 Comments
Paul Tudor Jones II: Why we Need to Rethink Capitalism

In his TED Talk Paul Tudor Jones II said: “… we as a society have come to view our companies and corporations in a very narrow, almost monomaniacal fashion with regard to how we value them, and we have put so much emphasis on profits, on short-term quarterly earnings and share prices, at the exclusion […]

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What Leadership and Traffic Share

November 12, 2014 0 Comments
What Leadership and Traffic Share

In a recent Wall St. Journal podcast, the reporter was explaining how difficult it is to understand traffic flow. The engineers who study traffic patterns explain that the impatient drivers who change lanes frequently, wait to the last minute to get in or out of an exit or carpool lane and who insist on not […]

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Leadership and Potter Stewart

August 13, 2014
Leadership and Potter Stewart

Many colleagues and authors are writing about the global Leadership crisis. Some of that feeling — that we have a lack of leadership — comes from highly visible lapses in ethical conduct. “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is the right thing to do.” Potter Stewart, Associate Chief […]

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We Don’t Want Employees

July 23, 2014
We Don’t Want Employees

Face it; many (most?) employers have employees only because they have to in order to provide a product or service. Few employers will admit this in public. They make jokes about it — “Business would be fabulous if I didn’t have to deal with employees,” — and we know that jokes are at least half true. (By the […]

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