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GM’s New CEO

The Week in Ethics

GM’s New CEO

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Update: March 27, 2014, GM CEO Mary Barra will testify before Congress next week, answering questions about consumer safety and the process (a decade before she became CEO) of how GM handled faulty ignitions without recalling cars impacted (which resulted in at least 12 deaths). NYT piece speculating about what in GM culture might have […]

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Why Purpose Matters to Leaders

Friday, January 24, 2014

Leaders who unite their teams around a purpose beyond creating profit redefine what is possible. They show a road map for how collectively each person can have a positive impact on customers, an industry, community, and society. The lens these leaders hold up allows individuals to see how they can make a difference, a key […]

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Why Purpose Matters to Leaders

Leaders who unite their teams around a purpose beyond creating profit redefine what is possible. They show a road map for how collectively each person can have a positive impact on customers, an industry, community, and society. The lens these leaders hold up allows individuals to see how they can make a difference, a key […]

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Is Ethical Leadership Contagious?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIUTE6t1Qcc] If you were trying to foster ethical leadership in your organization, could anything make it “contagious?” For starters, labeling it as “ethical leadership” might not take you as far as you’d like. How often do people say they are on board, “get it” and don’t need more?  While they might be willing to read […]

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Peace, Education, Equality and Malala Yousafzai

Monday, July 15, 2013

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5X70VyjU0g] “Let us pick up our books and pens; they are our most powerful weapons,” Malala Yousafzai told the United Nations General Assembly on July 12, 2013. Her compelling 17-minute speech advocated for peace, education and equality around the world so that schools and education can be “every child’s bright future.” What is especially remarkable […]

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Wisdom in Action, Andrew Pochter and Martin Richard

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Our individual wisdom is what shapes our leadership and determines our humanity. It comes out of how we see, feel and interpret joys and sorrow in life and what we’ve learned from others. How we live and act on our wisdom is our legacy, a true measure of how we inspire and impact others. The […]

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Leadership Lessons at American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

 The integrity of the leader of an honorary society for independent public policy — founded  in 1780 during the American Revolution — is  under question as a result of misrepresentations on her resume and criticisms from former employees over her bullying, micromanaging management style. While there is never a good moment for negative media attention, it is coming at a particularly awkward […]

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Words Conveying Empowering Values Falling Out of Use

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Words matter. We know that from the impact they can have on us. And the reaction our words can have on others. Words can package the fuel that inspire us to behave in a way that brings out the best in ourselves and in others. Using words like “courage,” “decency,” “honesty,” “conscience,” “patience,” “compassion,” and […]

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Pepsi’s Advertising Disconnect From Social Responsibility

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Update: May 4, 2013: Pepsi pulled the ad, but a segment of the ad is still available to view as of today here [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8-SaUrvQck] Having a woman CEO hasn’t sensitized those at Pepsi making advertising decisions based on an ad pulled this week showing a hysterical blonde, battered, white woman intimidated by a policeman who is […]

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Abramson, Mayer and the Road Ahead for Women Leaders

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times, whose tenure in her first 18-months has yielded four Pulitzer Prizes. is the subject of a hit-and-run POLITICO piece this week quoting anonymous journalists at the paper criticizing her brusque, dismissive, non-empathetic style, labeling her “very, very unpopular.” It is difficult to imagine a reporter having access to or using […]

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Finding Inspiration in a Pandemic

Inspiration in a crisis comes from vulnerability and resilience. COVID-19 has increased leaders’ challenges in creating more engagement. Finding inspiration in a pandemic is an opportunity for leaders to rally their troops and help each other get through these difficult times. Leaders Reduce Harm What we’re experiencing highlights the importance of community and how we […]

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Making Ethics Real Makes Leadership Real

What is the key to effective leadership? The answer is ethics. However, if this doesn’t seem an easy sell…stay with it. Making ethics real makes leadership real. We’ll look at four ways to bring this home. First, some context. Ethical Failures When ethics isn’t a key driver in an organization, the fallout from ethical lapses […]

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Gillette’s Leadership, the Backlash and Possibility

Gillette released this week a short film “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be.” Some criticize it as an attack on men; others disagree and see it as inspiring and hopeful. My take is the under two-minute video illustrates another Fortune 500 company’s courage and leadership to try and use the power of its brand […]

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The Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium was privileged to host Gael O’Brien as our guest speaker in January 2014. Her program was insightful and resonated with our participants. Her leading-edge concepts were innovative and practical, providing tools to better equip our business leaders in continuing their endeavors to promote ethical standards in the workplace. We appreciated the depth of knowledge she brought to the table and inspiration she provided. It was truly an enriching experience; we would definitely welcome her back.

Shannon Warren
Founder, OK Ethics