Category Archives: Corporate Values

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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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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Making Employee Corporate Social Responsibility Personal

In 1970 the most influential economist of the day, Milton Freidman, wrote what became a famous article for The New York Times Magazine. In “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits” Friedman asserted that beyond operating ethically … 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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Is Responsibility Delayed Responsibility Denied? American Apparel Finally Fires Charney

The board of directors of publicly-held American Apparel finally fired, once and for all, its legendary troublesome founder, largest shareholder, and CEO, Dov Charney. Charney has been dogged for years by female employee accusations of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, and … 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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