Tag: accountability

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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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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Ebola and Workplace Learning

One patient has died.  Two healthcare providers have been infected with the ebola virus in Texas.  It’s too early to know for sure what happened, but somewhere there is a “learning” issue that needs attention. Last night, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital announced that it had given its staff mandatory training and that

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Implicit Bias – Explicit Results

Humans make quick decisions. We react reflexively to strange, threatening, and potentially life-threatening situations. It’s part of how we survive. Less dramatically but more frequently, we have routine interactions where we meet someone and later realize we’d gotten a “good” or “bad” impression about that person. Maybe this “feeling” translated

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Fixing the Common Cultures at GM and the VA

Consider two entirely different organizations: one is our largest automotive producer; the other, a massive federal agency. What General Motors and the Veterans Administration have in common now are acts of malfeasance that not only have created outrage, but tainted their reputations and the public’s trust. The facts are shocking. 

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The GM Nod and Salute – Legal Poisons at Work, Part 2

From what we have learned from their lawyers’ recently released report, executives and other leaders at General Motors apparently perfected their own non-verbal communication styles with an effectiveness which would have made Don Corleone proud. As candidly confirmed by CEO Mary Barra, leaders developed a cultural practice of tacitly agreeing not

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Accountability CAT-astrophe

“My cats shredded your couch. You are correct.” This is the phrase that converted my husband’s lack of appreciation for cats into a wholesale intolerance of anything remotely feline. It was uttered by his then roommate, a woman with two cats to whom he very reluctantly rented one of the

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From Start Up to Grown Up

“It was a lot easier when we were all in our twenties, working out of our garage.” The comment came from one of my clients.  We were meeting to talk about how some of the ways that he, now in his early forties and an executive for a multi-million dollar

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