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Tag: Ethical Corporation

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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Conscious Capitalism

April 4, 2013
Conscious Capitalism

There seems to be a big movement towards businesses being more “compassionate,” “conscious,” and/or “triple bottom line oriented.” Maybe it’s the chaotic times causing everyone to be looking for meaning. I’m sure there are many, many books out there on the subject of developing meaning in chaotic times. A few have crossed my desk in […]

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I Have Met the Enemy . . .

February 8, 2012
I Have Met the Enemy . . .

Missteps There has been a rash of company “screw ups” these last couple of months. Everything from very public embarrassments of leading companies with respect to privacy issues, failures to acknowledge “do not track” requests to my own personal problem with my long time bank. It seems we forget, every now and then, who we […]

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Does CSR matter to your company?

January 10, 2012
Does CSR matter to your company?

Isn’t it enough to keep people employed and earn a profit? The short answers to those two questions are: yes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) matters and no it isn’t enough to just employ people and earn a profit; and it never really has been otherwise. The truth is that now there is more transparency (like it […]

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Profitable Ethical Business

March 22, 2011
Profitable Ethical Business

Nice guys finish last. The only reason for a business to exist is to increase shareholder value. As long as it’s legal, you can do it. If it’s not legal and the fines are less than compliance costs, you can do it. If you think you won’t get caught, you can do it. Caveat emptor. […]

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The crooked timber of humanity . . .

November 1, 2010
The crooked timber of humanity . . .

The wealthiest 1 percent of families owns roughly 34.3% of the nation’s net worth, the top 10% of families owns over 71%, and the bottom 40% of the population owns way less than 1%.

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Leadership Lessons From the Gulf – Part I.

June 22, 2010
Leadership Lessons From the Gulf – Part I.

A colleague asked and we explore the question: “The BP Gulf of Mexico Crisis is just gushing with leadership lessons. What do you think are the most important lessons leaders can learn from this?”

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Power and corruption . . .

January 26, 2010
Power and corruption . . .

Lord Acton was right: power tends to corrupt. And now there’s science behind what seems obvious from the anecdotal data. Power corrupts, but it corrupts only those who think they deserve it, according to findings of Dr. Lammers and Dr. Galinsky as published in the Psychological Science.

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Tin ears . . .

October 27, 2009
Tin ears . . .

Unlike some, I am not one to advocate punishing the “upper class.” There are calls for punishing those who consume conspicuously, take home many hundreds of times more than the average worker and insulate themselves from those who “do the work.” And there is a very wide disparity between some CEO pay and that of […]

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Book Review: Sarbanes-Oxley for Small Businesses by Peggy Jackson

December 5, 2006
Book Review: Sarbanes-Oxley for Small Businesses by Peggy Jackson

For some time now, the small to midsized enterprises I serve have been “complaining” about the cost of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) legislation. Even private businesses recognize that they must be aware of the resulting SOX regulations. For almost as long, I have been working to change their perspective to one of making lemonade from the supposed […]

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