Critical Roles of the (Ethical) CEO

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton There have been many stories about unethical CEOs in the news, but not as many about the good ones. That''s a shame, because the ethical CEO is a positive powerhouse - devoted to serving employees, customers, and communities. I thought it would be helpful to describe some of the critical functions of the ethical CEO that enable organizational success.

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Coaching Tip

At a time when fraud, sexual harassment, and other forms of workplace misconduct are making daily headlines, ethics has become as indispensable a tool for the modern workplace as technology or finance. In TAKING ETHICS SERIOUSLY , author John Hooker, provides an intellectual framework for deciding whether an action is ethical. Hooker brings his extensive background in philosophy, logic, and management science to the rigorous analysis of ethical dilemmas.

5 Ways CEOs Can Build an Ethical Culture

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton CEOs are in a unique position to make ethics a priority through their everyday actions, but simply modeling ethics isn''t nearly enough. Here is a starting list of 5 actions CEOs can take that move organizations toward an ethical culture. Ethical Organization ethical culture ethical leadership ethical leadership context ethical leadership development ethical leadership in a global society

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At a time when fraud, sexual harassment, and other forms of workplace misconduct are making daily headlines, ethics has become as indispensable a tool for the modern workplace as technology or finance. In TAKING ETHICS SERIOUSLY , author John Hooker, provides an intellectual framework for deciding whether an action is ethical. Hooker brings his extensive background in philosophy, logic, and management science to the rigorous analysis of ethical dilemmas.

9 Ethical Roles: Is Your Leadership Team “All In”

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton I blogged a while back about the Critical Roles of the (Ethical) CEO. I realized later that these important ethical roles apply not just to CEOs, but also to all senior leaders in an organization. Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization developing ethical leaders ethical business ethical leadership leadership roles leadership skills

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The 7 Lenses of Ethical Leadership

Leading Blog

This post is by Linda Fisher Thornton the author of 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership. Our understanding of "ethical leadership" has not been clear enough to guide us through today’s complex ethical choices. 7 Lenses™ of Ethical Responsibility.

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Leading Ethically in 2014 (The Mindset and Action Steps)

Leading in Context

These timely articles published in Fox Business, The CEO Magazine, the Management Excellence Blog and the LeadBig Blog, detail the mindset for ethical leadership success and the specific action steps that leaders can take to be intentional and proactive about ethical leadership. Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking

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CEO Turnover Rate Has Hit a Record High

HR Digest

According to a new study by Strategy&, the consulting arm of PwC, CEO turnovers reached 17.5 The overall rate of forced CEO turnovers was in line with recent trends at 20 percent. The post CEO Turnover Rate Has Hit a Record High appeared first on The HR Digest.

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The CEO Next Door

Coaching Tip

THE CEO NEXT DOOR is based on an in-depth analysis of over 2,600 leaders drawn from a database of more than 17,00O CEO's and C-suite executives. CEO's are destined for greatness from an early age but 70% of CEO's didn't set out to become CEO's early in life. . Only 7% graduated from an Ivy League college and 8% of CEO's (in the sample) didn't even complete college.

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CEO Next Door Book Reveals Four Key Behaviors Of Successful CEOs And Busts CEO Myths

Eric Jacobson

The CEO Next Door is the new book that offers career advice for everyone who aspires to rise in their organization and achieve their full potential. The results of the research burst several myths surrounding CEOs. Worse, it prevents people with CEO potential from leading companies.

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See the Big Picture to Succeed as a CEO

Great Leadership By Dan

Summer Sanders CEOs must see the upcoming organizational challenges from multiple perspectives with a big picture. The visionary CEOs like Richard Branson, Warren Buffett and Lou Gerstner have an innate ability to see the big picture. He is the legendary chairman and CEO of the biggest shareholder company—Berkshire Hathaway headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. Emphasize ethical values. CEOs M.S.Rao strategic thinking Warren Buffett

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Chief Leadership Officer: Disrupting the CEO Status Quo

Lead Change Blog

Why shouldn’t she be a CEO? Calling herself a CEO is the accepted norm. Bill, in his late 50s, worked hard to be tapped as the CEO by the board. He works even harder as the CEO. Chris and Bill are at two ends of the same CEO-led management system.

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Maybe It’s time for a new CEO – a Chief Ethics Officer

First Friday Book Synopsis

The name of this position should be CEO – Chief Ethics Officer. Randy's blog entries Chief Ethics Officer ethics Farhad Manjoo Jamie DimonI think it is time for a new executive officer on every leadership team. Though I doubt that these initials are available). First, do no harm…” We’ve got a serious problem, and it is going to take some serious solutions. Now, there is [.].

Should CEOs Have Term Limits? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Posted on July 7th, 2010 by admin in Leadership , Operations & Strategy , Rants By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth I have read some interesting articles and blog posts of late on the subject of CEO term limits, and felt this topic worthy of discussion.

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Are Veterans More Ethical Leaders?


A recently completed working paper by Efaim Benmelech of Harvard and Carola Frydman of Boston University, studied companies run by CEOs with military experience from 1980 to 2006 with the intent of examining whether military experience led to a signature leadership style. The researchers compiled the names of CEOs from American’s top companies during that time and flagged those with prior military experience. In modern times, only 8 percent of CEOS have prior military service.

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3 Small Steps for a CEO, One Giant Leap for a Leader

In the CEO Afterlife

Fast forward to 2012 and “answering e-mails” would surely bite into the time-starved CEO’s work week. CEOs who invest their time advancing their company’s business model or seeking a new one are adding value to their organizations. Maybe they’ll work for you or for your CEO.

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Leading in Context® Blog Index

Leading in Context

Linda Fisher Thornton, CEO/Owner, Leading in Context LLC, LeadinginContext®.com Ethical Leader Ethical Organization business ethics complexity context ethical business leadership ethical leadership ethical leadership context ethics training leadership ethics training leading ethically leading ethically in organizations management and leadership Responsible Leadership

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Developing The CEO Within You.

Rich Gee Group

home about rich our team news our fans services executive coach business coach speaking inspire media knowledge books affiliates contact Rich Gee Group 203.500.2421 Developing The CEO Within You. What other elements do you feel play a key role in defining you as CEO material?

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Ethical Dilemmas: Free Choice or Corporate Memes

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A good example of a corporate meme expressed during the financial crisis (even as the subprime crisis worsened) by Charles Prince, former CEO of Citigroup: "As long as the music is playing, you've got to get up and dance," he said. In " Giving Voice to Values ," author Mary C.

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Business Proverbs and BS | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife. Ultimately, customers will respect you for your honesty and your service ethic; if they don’t. The CEO’s First Responsibility is to the Shareholders. I can vouch for that in the CEO afterlife; I remember people, not profits. Main menu Home.

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The Essence of Strategy (Part 2) | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife. The ethic of more balls in the air, more chances of success lurks in their subconscious. The CEO said, “We’re in the peace-of-mind-business.” Formerlife: CEO of Jacobs Suchard (Nabob, Kraft), Strategy/Branding Consultant.

Green Company, Red Products, Black Ink | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife. There’s unlikely a responsible CEO in America who hasn’t at one time, said, “You know what folks? I am a member of Houweling’s Board of Directors and a big fan of Casey Houweling, the greenhouse grower’s energetic and visionary CEO. Main menu Home.

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Could Microsoft's First CEO Become Its Third CEO?

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With the news that Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally won''t be riding to Microsoft''s rescue, many Microsoft investors are disappointed. An article about Bill Gates described how he deliberately carved out two “Think Weeks" a year while he was CEO of Microsoft.

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Discover Your CEO Brand - book review

CEO Blog

I have been thinking a lot lately about my brand - specifically, my CEO brand. My brand includes things like highly creative (from a business view), high work ethic, time management guru , reader/constant learner, passionate about self development and maximizing people to be the best they can be, health guy, tech nerd, investor, social media expert etc. Discover Your CEO Brand - Secrets to Embracing and Maximizing Your Unique Value as a Leader by Suzanne Bates.

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Good Brands Gone Bad | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife. Despite pervasive recall awareness, we have CEOs, many who run companies with substantial capacity to maim the domain of life, with their heads in the sand. Formerlife: CEO of Jacobs Suchard (Nabob, Kraft), Strategy/Branding Consultant. Main menu Home.

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Former Fortune 500 CEO Tells his Story

Coaching Tip

Behind the Mask" proves that treating people fairly, compensating them for good work and giving them a voice is not only ethical, but highly profitable. "I Donald F. Hastings has been retired for some years and has the luxury of time: like spending it reading about and/or watching world events. . He cringes at the latest embarrassing scandal in Washington, D.C. or laments the fact that manufacturing has made a mass exodus overseas.

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How to Select a CEO for the Collaboration Economy


These seven questions can help you figure out whether a CEO candidate is truly right for the job. Does the CEO view his position as his right or his privilege? I approach my role as CEO as one of privilege, responsibility and stewardship.

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EBay CEO Meg Whitman to Retire :: Women on Business

Women on Business

Meg Whitman, 51, has been quoted saying a CEO should never stay with the same company for more than 10 years, because by that time the company needs a fresh outlook.

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Why Directors Should Give a Damn About Culture

In the CEO Afterlife

During my tenure as a CEO, my Board of Directors never challenged me with questions pertaining to the corporate culture. Other than ensuring an ethical environment in the organizations they govern, I suspect today’s Boards still don’t give culture the attention it deserves.

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Avon CEO Andrea Jung Takes Seat on Apple's Board :: Women on Business

Women on Business

NASDAQ: APPL ) has named Andrea Jung , CEO of Avon  (NYSE: AVP ), as the eigth member of its board of directors. Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, stated that Jung will bring a “new dimension&# to the company’s board.Â

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Leading from a Strong Moral Center

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In my book, 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership , I describe four principles that work together to provide a clear and actionable moral compass : . Each day, the world changes in ways that “move the ethical bar.” Ethical Leadership.

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Caring for the Commons

Great Leadership By Dan

Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey Coal Mines regularly made decisions to bypass safety procedures and ultimately those decisions led to the accident which killed 29 workers. On the other hand, Jim Sinegal, the recently retired CEO of Costco Wholesale, generously paid his warehouse employees.

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Leadership Skills that Inspire!

Coaching Tip

Books Business Coaching Career Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Current Affairs Ethics Leadership Memes What is Work life leadership skillsOver his four decades focusing on high-level executives, Fred Halstead has come to recognize and understand the distinguishing traits of high-performing leaders. In "Leadership Skills that Inspire Incredible Results" , Halstead emphasizes the power and payoff of sharpening fundamental leadership abilities, including: Listening actively.

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The Seven Signs of Great Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Bruce Hartman : The CEO of Footlocker, Matt Serra, once said to me, “It’s lonely at the top. Making ethics a part of the culture A critical trait I noticed in great leaders was a consistent set of ethics. Bruce Hartman CEOs leaders leadership

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Why Great Brands Lose Their Way

In the CEO Afterlife

I am making the case for CMOs and CEOs to recognize the necessity of their own direct and passionate involvement as chief brand custodians. This top management ethic is essential to brand resilience. Never in the history of marketing has there been so much talk about branding.

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Is There Hope for Leaders?


August 15th, 2010 | Author: Mary Jo Asmus Yet another Fortune CEO has fallen due to ethics violations. Is there hope for ethical, moral power to prevail? Am I acting ethically in this situation?”

The Leadership Lab

Coaching Tip

Books Business Coaching Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ethics Leadership Personal Coaching Self-Awareness Skills What is Work lifeLeaders schooled in rational, left-brained thinking need to adapt to changing political, social and technological forces.

Knowledge Is Power. Data Isn’t.

In the CEO Afterlife

When I was a CMO and CEO, I operated with an entrepreneurial mindset that required taking decisions as early as possible. To be fair, the ‘act early’ ethic prevails in corporate cultures that worship entrepreneurial thinking. How many times have you heard that “knowledge is power?”

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3 Small Steps for a CEO, One Giant Leap for Leadership


CEOs by nature are time-starved species. CEOs that understand and appreciate the notion are intensely passionate about innovation as the means to this end. Maybe they’ll work for you or for your CEO. He is a contributor to Fortune magazine and a regular blogger at CEO Afterlife.

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Why Leaders Believe that Tomorrow is a Better Place

In the CEO Afterlife

Easily definable” is the element within visions that facilitates the ethic of simplicity, and doing less, better in this complex world of business. To every one of us, the future is important. Maybe it’s because the future is where we are going to spend the rest of our lives.

Starting thought: The Importance of Having a Mentor, Whether Entry-Level Millennial or CEO


They: Are trustworthy, non-judgmental, ethical and self-confident. Everyone needs an outside perspective sometimes – whether from a friend, colleague, consultant, or mentor.

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Imperfect Leadership

Coaching Tip

Books Business Coaching Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Communication Current Affairs Ethics Leadership Memes Self-Awareness Skills Success Tips What is Work lifeSuccess isn't about being perfect and always making the right choices. Successful management is the result of understanding and accepting your own humanity. Then you can become a truly successful leader. Then you can become perfect in your own imperfection.

The Benefits Of Working For an Ethical Company

The Idolbuster

It’s so hard in fact, that I don’t think it’s worth trying if you aren’t the CEO, and even then it may not be possible. It is true that no place is perfect, but there is a dramatic difference in the ethical climate between companies. According to a large statistical meta-analysis of the business ethics literature, the presence of a code of conduct is not correlated with actual behavior in the company. Chapter 6: The Invisible Hand Of the Company part 10.