Category Archives: Leadership

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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A Corporate Disaster Is Corporate Irresponsibility

(The first of a six part series.) Natural disasters—hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes—are unavoidable. Prudent, responsible companies in disaster-prone locations make contingency plans to mitigate the impact of a natural disaster, even if the likelihood of one occurring is small. Man-made corporate … Continue reading

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United CEO Fired: Decision-Making Off Course

As collateral damage from the government probe into the New Jersey Bridgegate scandal, United Continental Holdings Inc. CEO Jeff Smisek and two top lieutenants have been permanently grounded, told by United to resign following an internal investigation. While all of … 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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