Category: Insights

Battlefield Lessons at Work

I just spent a memorable two days walking the Gettysburg battlefield attending The Conference Board’s Leadership Development Experiential Program.  Our group, drawn from several organizations, read and studied before we met; we received incisive battlefield histories delivered by Tony NiCastro, a military historian.  Dick Richardson, Jeff Jackson, and David Hutchens,

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Why your training should do more than “check the box”

What is the purpose of your training program? It’s probably not a question you ask yourself often, but the answer is an important one. The way in which you view your training program will result in countless decisions that have far-reaching effects. What is Check-the-Box Training? With check-the-box training, you’re

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Blinded by Human Nature and Compliance

We all like to think we’d act quickly and effectively to stop ongoing, illegal, dangerous, or unethical acts once we had notice or a whiff of knowledge of improper behavior. That’s one reason why the apparent inaction of many in the face of allegedly cruel, sadistic, and criminal conduct at Penn

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The Bonfire of Silicon Valley – Kleiner Perkins on Trial

Last month, a California jury ruled in favor of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, a leading venture capital firm, rejecting Ellen Pao’s claims of sex-based discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As I followed the case, I wondered how Kleiner’s principals would have evaluated a possible investment target whose senior leaders were

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Are We All Really Just Unconscious?

We all make quick decisions, sometimes unaware that we’ve even made them. But unless we’re part of the walking dead, the majority of our actions include conscious thoughts on issues like what type of careers we’ll pursue, who will be our friends, or where we’ll live. The same is true

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Loyal to the Core – Nuclear Values at Work

I had breakfast recently with a longtime friend and colleague, Al Capristo, who is the Executive VP and CAO for STP Energy in Texas.  Al’s passion is leading safe, efficient, nuclear power operations; for a long time, he’s been a champion of making sure that employees at all levels feel

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Anchor Away. Brian Williams’ Six Month Big Shot Leave

On February 10, we learned that Brian Williams had been suspended by NBC news for six months without pay following the revelation that he provided false information regarding a 2003 wartime incident in Iraq. His case made as much news as many of the stories he and his colleagues regularly

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Is Managing Grumpiness the Key to Managing Risk?

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that financial service leaders are examining their cultures and employee attitudes on a range of issues to limit and manage risk. The reason for this examination is these business leaders recognize that statutory regulation and vigorous whistleblower provisions may not be enough to halt dangerous acts

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What's Lurking in Our Workplaces

Here’s a famous optical illusion. When you look at it, you’ll see either a young woman or an older woman. Your friend who’s sitting right next to you may see a young woman gazing off to the side, while you see an elderly woman with her eyes cast downward. Who’s

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