• No Manipulation Here – Trustworthy Leaders and Information Sharing

    Published on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    During a recent discussion with two colleagues about the topics covered in my book The Trustworthy Leader , the question of manipulation came up. Over the years some people have charged that progressive management practices can be manipulative in that their goal is often to get people to work toward a goal that they might not...

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  • Conscious Capitalism – How to get it right

    Published on Saturday, November 12, 2011

    The Spring 2011 issue of California Management Review (Vol. 53, #3) presents a series of articles on the topic of conscious capitalism. The ones I really like are from the practitioners – John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Markets, and Doug Rauch, former President of Trader Joe’s.  Mackey does some...

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  • Leading with Honor and Integrity

    Published on Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Leading with Honor and Integrity Many people speak of the importance of integrity, myself included, and yet when we talk about it we often assume that what we are showing integrity towards is a good thing. In preparation for conference presentations in the US and Canada I came across a very interesting article that challenged me to...

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  • Old Fashioned vs Enduring

    Published on Thursday, November 10, 2011

    I recently finished reading SPARK – Lessons from Lincoln Electric’s Unique Guaranteed Employment Program by Frank Koller. It is an absorbing account of Lincoln Electric, a Cleveland Ohio based manufacturing business. Founded in 1895, Lincoln Electric is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric arc-welding...

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  • Time Off for Babies: Why it matters

    Published on Friday, November 4, 2011

    A report released by Human Rights Watch on Feb 23, 2011 titled Failing Its Families offers a critique of the historical and current support provided in the United States for family-leave programs. The US is cited as one of just three countries worldwide offering no legal guarantee of paid maternity leave for working families....

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  • Further Confirmation: Trust is important

    Published on Monday, October 10, 2011

    Every year I look forward to reading the results of the Edelman Trust Barometer, a survey of ‘informed publics’ that asks people to respond to a series of questions about their trust in institutions. The ‘informed publics’ group is a select population of college educated, high-income individuals who regularly...

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