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Top Post Series of 2018: Leading in Context Blog

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By Linda Fisher Thornton The Top Post Series this year reflects a concern I have that many other people must share. It is a concern about what can happen when we don’t use ethical thinking. This series answers the important question “Why should we take the time to think intentionally about the ethics of our […].

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Systems Thinking: Using the 5 Whys

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By Linda Fisher Thornton In my Applied Ethics Class last fall, I introduced my students to the Five Whys. This is a simple and valuable tool for getting to the root cause of problems. We may think we understand why something happened but when we "fix" whatever we think is the sole cause we don't always get the intended result. The reason for that is that problems tend to have multiple causes. They happen in the context of multiple processes.

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Ethical Thinking: 5 Questions to Ask in the New Year

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Each year I raise questions that help leaders stay current as ethical expectations change. Here are 5 new questions to tackle as we head into a New Year. . Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical leader ethical leadership and complexity ethical questions ethics good leadership Leadership

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5 Things Grateful Leaders Do

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Today I'm exploring two important questions: "What do grateful leaders do that sets them apart from other leaders?" and "How does expressing gratitude benefit them? Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking complexity and leaderhsip ethical insight ethical leadership insight ethical lenses ethics insight seeing ethical leadership what is ethics

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Top 10 Posts 2018: Leading in Context Blog

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Of the 52 individual posts published on the Leading in Context Blog in 2018, these 10 were the most popular. See if you notice a theme that connects these new topics that readers accessed most frequently: Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses leadership better leadership complexity leadership ethical behavior ethical strategy

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Tis The Season

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By Linda Fisher Thornton It's the season of giving and gratitude and celebration, and today I'm sharing a sampling of this blog's best seasonal messages. Each is meant to inspire us to become our best. Ethical Leader ethical leadership mindset global ethical leadership leader behavior leadership gifts

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5 Things I Learned From a 6th Grade Bully

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By Linda Fisher Thornton October is Bullying Prevention Month. Most of the people I know were bullied at some point in their lives. As I look back on dealing with a 6th grade bully, I realize that I learned some things from that difficult time. Today I share that story along with resources for preventing bullying. . Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization bullying ethical interpersonal behavior ethical thinking skills ethics Leadership leadership development

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Human Rights: 70 Years

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I had the privilege of hearing award-winning author Blanche Wiesen Cook speak at The University of Richmond last night. Her topic was "Toward an Inclusive Democracy: Eleanor Roosevelt's Legacy." During the inspiring talk, she noted that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Eleanor Roosevelt championed, is turning 70 this month.

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A Message About Togetherness

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By Linda Fisher Thornton In What is Meaningful Leadership Part 5 I wrote about building a better society together for future generations. When I really stop to think about what it means to live and work together, here are some of the things that come to mind: Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking ethical leadership and complexity ethical leadership in a global context ethical thinking

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Context Matters: What We’re Learning About Food

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By Linda Fisher Thornton A day when so many people eat too much candy seems just right for sharing new research that turns conventional wisdom on healthy eating inside out. This new research will begin to change the thinking and practices of the food and restaurant industries. Here is a sneak preview: Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking ethical lenses ethics trends global ethics holistic ethics integral ethics what is ethical leadership what is ethics

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70 Trends to Watch in 2019

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Each year I curate a list of sites that write about trends that will change how we do business in the coming year. This year's list includes some ongoing trends from last year and some fresh ideas and new directions. Take a look at the 70+ trends at the links below and start getting ready for what's ahead! Context Ethical Leader Trends ethical leadership ethical leadership skills ethical thinking leadership thinking

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Ethical Thinking is Intentional, Thoughtful and Applied

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By Linda Fisher Thornton One of the things we know about ethical decision-making is that we need to take the time to do it. But if we fill up every minute of the day with meetings, deadlines, emails and projects, when will we have time to think about the impact of our choices? . Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking ethical model ethical perspectives ethical principles ethical thinking tools ethics schema holistic ethics integral ethics

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Our Evolving Frame of Reference

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By Linda Fisher Thornton As we weathered a hurricane on the East Coast, I remembered the uncharacteristic earthquake that affected Virginia a few years ago. That experience changed how I interpreted the world around me. It drew attention to why we all see the world in such different ways. Ethical Thinking ethical leadership ethical thinking leadership context thinking in leadership

The Seductive Power of the Status Quo

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Why do we have such a powerful negative reaction when we find out that we need to change? The status quo literally has a grip on us. Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses of ethical responsibility ethical decision-making ethical leadership model ethics questions holistic ethics managing complexity

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Grey Areas: Our Choices Define Us (Part 3)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton There will always be grey areas that aren't covered by the ethics code. In grey areas, leaders "paint the boundary" of ethical choices others will make by how they navigate the ethical complexity when the boundaries are not clear. Part 3 of this series Grey Areas: Our Choices Define Us includes cases to get you talking about interpersonal grey areas, and related articles for learning.

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What is Meaningful Leadership? – 4 Common Threads

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By Linda Fisher Thornton What is meaningful leadership? I recently wrote a 5 part blog series exploring different facets of that question. There are four common threads that emerged from exploring the topic that I want to share today. Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethics leadership development

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MindTools Expert Interview Podcast With Linda Fisher Thornton

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I recently did an interview with Rachel Salaman for the MindTools Expert Interview Podcast. We had a lively conversation about ethical leadership and the concepts from my book 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership. Click on the graphic below to read the MindTools blog post featuring highlights from that interview and an excerpt of the podcast.

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Seeing Beyond Borders and Walls

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By Linda Fisher Thornton When you make a commitment to ethical values and ethical choices, boundaries and walls only indicate the boundaries of new places to apply those ethical values and choices. Beyond them, ethical values matter just as much as they matter within your own walls. You could argue that they matter more, because […]. Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses leadership ethical leader ethical leader development ethical thinking global ethics global worldview

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The Mind Must Move

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By Linda Fisher Thornton We know that to stay healthy, we have to move. Many of us wear wrist bands that track the number of steps we take daily to make sure we "stay in the healthy zone." I have been increasing my steps each year, and have enjoyed more energy and a sense of improved well-being. While we can easily track our physical steps, our mental steps are more elusive. Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking ethical leadership ethical mindset ethical thinking

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Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 4)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton To celebrate 7 Lenses going into its second printing, this is the fourth post in a special series focused on Why Ethical Thinking Matters. In case you missed them, here are the previous posts in the series: Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 1),Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 2),and Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part […].

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Guest Interview: Stay On Top Of Your Work Podcast

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By Linda Fisher Thornton This week you can listen to a brand new interview I did with Kate Kurzawska, host of the Timecamp Stay on Top of Your Work Podcast! Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends 7 lenses of ethical leadership complexity ethical business ethical leader ethical leadership ethical thinking ethics

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Ethical Leadership: Complexity, Context and Adaptation

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By Linda Fisher Thornton. Ethical leadership requires growth, a willingness to acknowledge complexity and an understanding of the broader context in which we lead. Use these resources to improve your ethical awareness, learn about how the leadership context is evolving and check for learning blind spots.

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What is Meaningful Leadership? (Part 2)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton What is meaningful leadership? In Part 1 we explored how leaders create meaningful work settings so others can excel. In Part 2, we look at a leader's own quest for authenticity as a factor in meaningful leadership. What is Meaningful Leadership? A Quest For Authenticity Meaningful leadership is focused on authenticity, not just acquisition. That requires seeing beyond just portfolio growth to human growth. It means learning to see how the two are connected.

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Ethics-Rich Leadership: Why We Need It

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I was originally going to used the words "ethics-infused leadership" in this post, but I realized that would treat ethics a little bit like a lime twist in a cold drink. The drink would hint of lime, but it wouldn't be FULL of lime. So I chose to use "ethics-rich" leadership instead. I think you may already be looking for the ethics-rich leadership I'm talking about. .

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How You Can Stop The “Fake News” Madness

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By Linda Fisher Thornton We all need to know how to tell what's real news and what's not. While a headline may be compelling, we can easily damage our personal reputation and brand if we share it and it turns out to be "fake news." It's our job to "check stories out" to be sure that what we share is real. Our "Human Software" is Buggy While it's important for us to tell the difference between the real and the fake, our "human software" comes with bugs.

What is Meaningful Leadership? (Part 3)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton In Part 1 of this series we looked at how leaders generate meaningful environments where others can thrive. In Part 2 we explored a leader's own quest for authenticity. In Part 3 we'll look at the role of powerful conversations and a focus on collective success. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical leader ethical leadership development ethical leadership model ethics Leadership

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If Every Leader Cared

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I wonder what our workplaces would be like if every leader cared. Most leaders care about their own well-being. But what if every leader cared about others? How would things be different?

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Ethical Leaders Take Time To Think

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By Linda Fisher Thornton What sets ethical leaders apart from other leaders? They take the time to THINK before making decisions. And that's not all they do that sets them apart. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking avoiding ethical messes developing ethical leaders ethical awareness ethical context ethical thinking

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Talking About What Matters (Part 1)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton This post begins a series on talking about what matters. Great attention is often paid to values in defining and marketing an organization. But what happens after that? It's the ongoing dialogue about how to apply those values that brings them to life. Some leaders assume that if the values are written down, they will be followed. The problem with that assumption is that while people may WANT to follow the organization's stated values, they may not know how.

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Yes, Leaders. Behavior Matters

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By Linda Fisher Thornton As leaders, we are expected to uphold the highest standards of ethical behavior, and that includes interpersonal behavior (HOW we get the results we get, and how our behavior impact others). This week I'm sharing a review of behaviors that are a "NO GO" for ethical leaders. Click on each link to learn about why the behavior is outside the bounds of ethical leadership.

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What is Ethics?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton We are globally connected and becoming more aware of the complexity of our connections. We need a robust understanding of ethics - what it means, what it requires of us, and what we need to know and do to be ethical. As we learn about ethics, we need to understand it in a multidimensional way. One-dimensional definitions lead us down a single path and prevent us from seeing our broad responsibilities as citizens and leaders.

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Great Leaders Are Other-Focused

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By Linda Fisher Thornton There are many important roles leaders play. They are supporters, developers, guides, team builders, and imaginers. They are culture caretakers, roadblock removers and inspirers. Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking ethical culture ethical leader leadership development what is a leader

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Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 3)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton To celebrate 7 Lenses going into its second printing, this is the third post in a special series focused on Why Ethical Thinking Matters. In case you missed them, take a look at Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 1) and Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 2). I’m hoping the strategies shared in this series will give you a fresh perspective on your plans for developing leaders in 2018.

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Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 1)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton To celebrate 7 Lenses going into its second printing (big news!), this is the first post in a special series focused on Why Ethical Thinking Matters. I'm hoping the strategies shared in this series will give you a fresh perspective on your talent development plans for 2018. Ethical thinking drives ethical choices and behavior. Marcus Aurelius said "Our life is what our thoughts make it." According to Buddha, "We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts.

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Never Underestimate The Power of Trust

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Trust is powerful. It is being recognized as a pivot point in business and a powerful catalyst for financial success. This updated Harvard Business review article connects trust with ROI and risk management: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization ethical leadership behavior positive leadership taking responsibility in leadership trust and leadership

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Ethical Leaders Don’t Put the Brakes on Learning

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By Linda Fisher Thornton When leaders stop learning, they generate friction. Professionals who work with a leader who has "put the brakes on learning" are likely to experience conflict and dissatisfaction. A leader's failure to learn starts a chain reaction that harms individuals and teams. . Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses define ethical ethical business leadership ethical leader

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How Do You Recognize a Trustworthy Leader?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I'm hearing people talking about trustworthy leadership everywhere I go. We all crave it. We seek it out because trustworthy leadership allows us to be at our best so that we can make a meaningful contribution. To identify a trustworthy leader, look for all of these tell-tale signs: Ethical Leader 7 Lenses of ethical responsibility positive ethical culture trustworthy leadership what is ethical leadership

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Everyone is a Stakeholder at Some Level

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By Linda Fisher Thornton "Everyone is a stakeholder at some level, and all stakeholders are important. We should consider all stakeholders as we lead – those we serve, those we lead, the powerless, the silenced, the planet, and all of humanity." I shared this important statement in a previous post - it was an aha moment from a Tweetchat I guest-hosted on Leading With Ethics.

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Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 2)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton To celebrate 7 Lenses going into its second printing, this is the second post in a special series focused on Why Ethical Thinking Matters. In case you missed it, last week's post was Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 1). . Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends ethical leadership development ethical leadership model ethical thinking ethical thinking model ethical thinking skills

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The Future of Education: Ethical Literacy For Handling Global Complexity

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By Linda Fisher Thornton We are not preparing students for success in the world where they will have to live and work. Some of the ways we currently think about "teaching" need to be scrapped and replaced. It will be increasingly important that teachers and other learning guides dig into complexity in order to help prepare students who need to handle increasing complexity in their lives and work.

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What is Meaningful Leadership? (Part 5)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton What is Meaningful Leadership? Making a Difference By Building a Better Society For the Future In Part 1 of this series we looked at how leaders generate meaningful environments where others can thrive. In Part 2 we explored a leader's own quest for authenticity. In Part 3 we looked at the role of powerful conversations and a focus on relational ROI. In Part 4, we examined how meaningful leadership requires truth-seeking based on ethical values.

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Leaders Are Culture Caretakers: 10 Actions For Success

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By Linda Fisher Thornton There are many ways to understand culture, and some of the definitions are very complicated. My favorite way to think about culture is as an infrastructure or scaffolding that supports the behaviors we want. Culture drives what people do, and is the setting and framework for great work. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization CSR ethical culture ethical leadership context how do you build an ethical culture what is ethical leadership

Leaders Are Culture Caretakers: 10 Actions For Success

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By Linda Fisher Thornton There are many ways to understand culture, and some of the definitions are very complicated. My favorite way to think about culture is as an infrastructure or scaffolding that supports the behaviors we want. Culture drives what people do, and is the setting and framework for great work. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization CSR ethical culture ethical leadership context how do you build an ethical culture what is ethical leadership