• Business Leaders Helping to Make Cities Great

    Published on Monday, November 5, 2012

    During my travels in October I participated in a number of conferences and provided a few presentations to private companies and for associations. While all of my work was interesting I had two experiences that affirmed the powerful positive role that business leaders can play in rebuilding and strengthening communities and civic...

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  • Restoring Trust

    Published on Monday, October 8, 2012

    I recently participated in the Summit on Restoring Trust in Business at Fordham University, sponsored by their Consortium for Trustworthy Organizations.  Robert Hurley, a professor in the business school and author of The Decision to Trust took on the task of organizing the Summit meeting (and the Consortium itself) out of...

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  • Lessons from Great Workplaces for Great Government and a Great Society

    Published on Saturday, August 18, 2012

    There’s no shortage of political discussion this time of year and of course much of it is focused on creating economic stability. Many people start their arguments by saying that economic stability is good. Most of us don’t step back and ask the question ‘why is economic stability good’ – we simply know...

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  • Is Money the Only Currency with Value?

    Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    A number of years ago a joke was making its way around a number of companies (especially in California where I live) about people being paid in psychic income. That is, they received benefits at work that included things like office snacks, the ability to travel, training and development opportunities, free lunch on Fridays, etc....

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  • Small Business Success Story

    Published on Sunday, June 10, 2012

    In My Own Backyard: Small businesses are often cited as the backbone of communities, providing local jobs, supporting local events, and integrating themselves into the fabric of people’s lives. They also have their share of struggles as many small businesses are family owned with limited resources and access to capital. Many...

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  • Strategic Leadership: Sharing Information to Grow Your Business

    Published on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    As I was reading this great article in the New York Times this morning it struck me that each of the business leaders profiled was using elements of the trustworthy leader's Virtuous Circle to strategically move through the uncertainties being faced by each business. It's not often that such a useful, timely example of the power...

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  • Inclusion - Practice What You Preach

    Published on Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    One of the key elements in the Virtuous Circle of a Trustworthy Leader that I write about in my book is inclusion. Inclusion is reflected in a trustworthy leader’s commitment to being a leader for everyone, and finding ways to spend time with people throughout the organization - not just the ‘high potentials’, the...

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  • Looking to Improve ROI – Check Your Safety and Wellness Programs

    Published on Thursday, April 5, 2012

    A few years ago Michael Behm, an associate professor at East Carolina University involved in the study of occupational health and safety contacted me about an idea he had for a research study. He wanted to look at the health and safety records of 100 Best Companies and see how they compared with generally available data on the...

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  • A Deep Commitment to Ethical Leadership

    Published on Thursday, March 15, 2012

    Who are you looking for? I was recently talking with a colleague about how colleges and training programs can best prepare students for the workforce. We weren’t talking about the specific kinds of preparation needed in terms of job skills or industry specific knowledge though. We were talking about preparation for the...

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  • Developing a Sense of Honor

    Published on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    One of the nice surprises that I experienced during the interviews I conducted for my book came when the leaders I was talking with used the term ‘honor’ as a way of describing how it felt to be a leader. What was surprising was the way they were using that term – not to describe an external experience of honor, or...

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