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The Leeson Lesson: focus on character, not commission

“There is no silver bullet to protect against people like me” said Nick Leeson in our recent conversation.  This inadvertently confirmed one of my key observations: the biggest risk organisations face is when people inside the firm act in ways that can sink the strategy, sink the financials, and even sink the firm. “Blind trustContinue Reading

Marty Holleran “a moral compass second to none”

When I was in New York recently I had the great pleasure of meeting with Marty Holleran, a senior GE executive during the Jack Welch era. We talked about moral courage, moral leadership, and how he had resolved moral dilemmas. Over a couple of hours together Marty enthralled me with stories from a long andContinue Reading

It’s time for moral leadership

What the article says Humanity is facing a crisis of leadership—but what kind of leadership is needed? Economic leadership has been tried and found wanting. The crisis is not one of political, social or economic leadership, but of moral leadership, exercised by moral leaders. The basic building block of moral leadership is one’s moral code,Continue Reading

Does academic prowess mean sound values?

What the article says: “Humanity is facing a crisis of moral leadership—men and women of character who can choose wisely and well in the difficulties, dilemmas and complexity of contemporary business and government. One of the biggest risks we face today is an assumption that because people share or subscribe to our corporate values, thatContinue Reading

Recover Your Credibility

What the article says: “… When I grew up in India, my grandparents used to talk about integrity and how it builds character. In their terms, integrity is deeply connected to a Sanskrit word called, “Trikarana Suddhi.” This word means alignment between one’s words, actions and feelings. “When your words and actions don’t align, youContinue Reading

Ghandi: The Seven Blunders of society

What the article says: “In October of 1947, Mohandas Gandhi gave a piece of paper to his visiting grandson, Arun Gandhi, upon which was written the following list — a list he said contained “the seven blunders that human society commits, and that cause all the violence.” The next day, Arun returned home to South Africa, never toContinue Reading

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