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Shaping corporate culture – A case study

March 29, 2012
Shaping corporate culture – A case study

Whenever I think about an example of how a “real company” might implement ethics as a business process, I think of Edwards Life Sciences in Irvine, California. Edwards was spun-off from Baxter Medical in 2000. Since then the CEO, Michael Mussallem, has been implementing a program he refers to as “actively managing the corporate culture.” […]

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Some Thoughts on Managing Change

March 28, 2012
Some Thoughts on Managing Change

As you read this, you are exhaling atoms of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen that just an instant before were locked up in solid matter; your stomach, liver, heart, lungs, and brain are vanishing into thin air, being replaced as quickly and endlessly as they are being broken down. The human skin replaces itself once […]

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Ethics is a Business Process

March 23, 2012
Ethics is a Business Process

Some years ago I posted a version of this essay on my company web site. Within one month, that article was driving over 50% of the hits on the web site. Several directory listings picked up the article and that drove even more folks to our site. Then I started receiving e-mails from managers interested […]

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Shaping your leadership and corporate culture

March 21, 2012
Shaping your leadership and corporate culture

What is “Shaping the Corporate Culture”? The culture of a corporation comprises all the formal ethical, decision making and business processes that go into building the business model by which products and services are provided to the customers. But more importantly, culture comprises the non-written and unofficial codes of operation within an organization. Simply put, culture is “the way we do things around here.”

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Fundamentals and Great Leadership – Part II

July 3, 2011
Fundamentals and Great Leadership – Part II

In a previous post, I laid out the basic model for understanding the deep underlying knowledge that drives our lives which I’ve called our “Fundamental Organizing Principles.” These FOPs form the foundation for not only what we hold to be true, but also how we see the world around us and interpret what we think […]

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Fundamentals and great leadership – Part I

March 29, 2011
Fundamentals and great leadership – Part I

One of the (many) attributes ascribed to great leaders is that they know who they are. They are sure of who they are being and it is very likely they have thought deeply about why they are so. Without that self-knowledge and confidence they would not be as effective in their leadership. They would be […]

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Vacation . . .

April 22, 2010
Vacation . . .

There’s a 17 month old boy running around our vacation home. He is just full of joy and curiosity. Everything is exciting and needs to have a word attached to it. He is adding words to his vocabulary at an amazing rate. The adults seem not to be able to move fast enough to “baby […]

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You CAN motivate me.

April 8, 2010
You CAN motivate me.

How giving workers autonomy at the NUMMI plant translated to quality manufacturing, here in the US with American workers using Toyota techniques.

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You can NOT motivate me

April 6, 2010
You can NOT motivate me

“I know you keep trying. And I know somehow, it isn’t working. You keep fiddling around the edges trying to figure out what will motivate me to do what YOU want. Stop breaking your pick on this. You can’t motivate me. There’s only one person who can motivate me and that’s ME. You are not […]

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Words matter; be impeccable in framing the issue.

March 23, 2010
Words matter; be impeccable in framing the issue.

Learning how to use our words and metaphors to properly frame a vision, mission or change initiative can determine our success or failure. This post discusses how proper framing is a critical leadership skill and offers a few resources to help you get started.

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