Category Archives: Corporate Culture

Culture, Habits, and Irresponsibility

Corporate cultures and habits are powerful forces which influence companies to behave wonderfully, and sometimes—unintentionally—terribly. Positive behavior produces profitable, responsible, valuable companies. Negative behavior does not. When wondering why a company has acted irresponsibly, remember that culture, habits, and irresponsibility … Continue reading

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Did Corporate Culture Cause VW Crash?

With news breaking over the past several days, we all now know that Volkswagen is suffering a major corporate disaster. Not the equivalent of a reputational fender-bender, but an all-out drive into a wall. This is a corporate disaster that … Continue reading

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Who Owns Your Company’s Culture?

The main character in Patrick Lencioni’s wonderful book, “Getting Naked,” is named Jack Bauer. Not to be confused with the Jack Bauer who saved the world from terrorists—one hour at a time—in the Fox television series “24,” this Jack Bauer … Continue reading

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Dangerous Leadership Blindness

Leaders from all walks of life should take note of three recent stories in the news. Behind the headlines are important management lessons about the dangers of leadership blindness. In April a Georgia state court judge slapped several former Atlanta … Continue reading

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The Cost Accounting Of Corporate Social Responsibility

Companies would like us to believe that when they behave in a socially responsible manner they do so because it is the right thing to do. They hope we don’t pull back the curtain to find an accounting wizard sitting … Continue reading

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Ferguson Police Racial Bias And Lessons About Tone At The Top

The scathing Department of Justice Report last week on racism in the Ferguson Missouri police department underscores the importance of tone at the top. In the wake of officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of unarmed eighteen year-old Michael Brown, and the … Continue reading

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UBS And Puerto Rican Bonds: Short-Term Profits Vs. Long-Term Reputation

Recent new stories recount how in 2011, UBS management pressured brokers to sell shares in Puerto Rican bond funds about which the brokers had serious misgivings. (For example, from Reuters, “Exclusive: Recording shows how UBS drove reluctant brokers to sell … Continue reading

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Deflate-gate: Will NFL Punt Or Pass On Responsible Decision Making?

Deflate-gate—the scandal surrounding the apparent deliberate deflation of footballs used by the New England Patriots in its victory over the Colts on the road to the Super Bowl—offers an opportunity to toss around some thoughts on responsible decision-making. At this … Continue reading

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Real Estate Tycoon Victim Of Corporate Disaster

Real estate tycoon Nicholas Schorsch was forced to resign on December 15, 2014 as head of the $30 billion commercial real estate empire he created. His resignation from the boards of American Realty Capital Properties, along with 15 other related … Continue reading

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A Lesson In Corporate Values From Charlie Chaplin

What could silent screen star Charlie Chaplin, famous for the character the Little Tramp, teach us about corporate values? You would be surprised. Chaplin’s motion picture career started in 1914. He quickly rose to stardom in the era of the … Continue reading

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