Ethics Is Serious Business

Great Leadership By Dan

Building and maintaining physical infrastructure requires a certain kind of know-how, which we call engineering. The field that provides this kind of know-how is called ethics. This means that ethics is serious business. Ethical dilemmas are at least as hard to resolve as engineering problems, and at least as urgent, particularly in our complex and fast-moving world. It is a relatively straightforward matter to hire staff with engineering competence.

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Featured at Forbes: Tips for your company to excel ethically

ReImagine Work

When ethical responsibility becomes part of the culture, companies see huge benefits — a stronger reputation, higher employee retention, more interest from investors, and general trustworthiness. All Posts As Seen On As Seen on Forbes C-suite integrity leadershipForbes, Aug.

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Leadership and integrity

Lead on Purpose

In his recent post 10 Mistakes Leaders Should Avoid at All Costs (on Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership blog ), Enrique Fiallo said the following about the importance of integrity in leadership: There are many things you can lack and still steer clear of danger. Establish a set of sound ethics policies, integrate them into all business processes, communicate them broadly to all employees, and make clear that you will not tolerate any deviation from any of them.

July 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the July 2016 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! Art Petty of About Money Management and Leadership provided Reinventing the Organization and Leadership for a Digital Era. Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership submitted 4 Vital Truths of Team Culture.

5 Leadership Signals that Turn Culture into Advantage

Skip Prichard

” Those words are printed on the back cover of Five Frequencies: Leadership Signals that Turn Culture into Competitive Advantage. I followed up with the authors to learn more about their leadership philosophy. 5 Leadership Frequencies. Make Your Culture an Asset.

The Future of Leadership Development

Great Leadership By Dan

A colleague from another business school recommended the book, The Future of Leadership Development, Corporate Needs and the Role of Business Schools , edited by IESE Business School Dean Jordi Canals. The use of coaching in leadership development programs.

How To Spin A Huge Mistake Into Leadership Gold

Terry Starbucker

I’d always appreciated the Code of the West ( from Jim Owen’s book, “Cowboy Ethics” ) – I saw it often on posters in the offices of many of my staff in Wyoming: Live each day with courage. That customer’s trouble call got escalated, correctly, to one of our engineers in the NOC.

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This Is 'Out Of The Box' Thinking.

Rich Gee Group

Apple engineer rebuilds an ancient Greek mechanism — the oldest known computer – known as The Antikythera Mechanism.

Leadership Lessons from Nine-Year-Olds

In the CEO Afterlife

With 45 years of business experience as a foundation, I began sharing personal reflections and contemporary insights on leadership – fully aware that my content would not matter a damn had I not kept pace with the pulse of the new economy and the changing dynamics of customers and the workforce.

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Leadership and Product Management

Lead on Purpose

Product management — at every level — is a leadership role within the organization. Reply Essential Pieces for Strategic Product Leadership « Where the Product Management Tribe Gathers , on December 12, 2010 at 11:04 pm said: [.]

Definition of Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In further pondering this dichotomy an interesting thought came to mind – If I could genetically engineer the perfect leadership gene what qualities and characteristics would constitute the architecture of leadership DNA? see “Leadership DNA“) [.]

Credit comes later

Lead on Purpose

Innovative engineers are recognized for their inventions.

The September 2011 Leadership Development Carnival - Back to School Sale

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the September, 2011 Leadership Development Carnival - Back to School Sale! Yes, it's back to school shopping time, and this month's Carnival gives leaders and aspiring leaders a shopping cart full of leadership development supplies. Where are you on your leadership journey?

Leadership Lesson From General McChrystal: Get Onboard or Get Out.

The Recovering Engineer

I am simply observing the outcome of a leadership act: a high level leader who reports to a higher level leader within an organization took his discontent public and he had to leave the organization as a result. If you see a moral or ethical dilemma, get out of the organization.

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A Culture of Trust

Coaching Tip

An engineering guide to getting the "soft stuff" right, TRUST FACTOR identifies eight components of a culture where employees feel empowered, valued and happy, reinforeced by the acronym OXYTOCIN. . Books Business Coaching Career Communication Ethics Leadership Memes Self-Awareness Skills Success Tips Web/Tech What is brain activity cultures employees human behavior OXYTOCIN Paul J.

Is There Hope for Leaders?


August 15th, 2010 | Author: Mary Jo Asmus Yet another Fortune CEO has fallen due to ethics violations. Hewlett-Packard, a company that started out as an example of moral leadership with “The HP Way” in 1939, has proven itself vulnerable to an unscrupulous CEO when Mark Hurd recently resigned.

Effective Online Communication

Coaching Tip

Back in October 1971, an engineer (who I knew when we both went to a small high school in Upstate New York during the late 1950s) named Ray Tomlinson chose the '@' symbol for email addresses and wrote software to send the first network email. . Applying technology to provide easy access for societal dialog has the promise of peer-to-peer co-creation of knowledge and rapid consensus solution-building.

Is Your Company as Ethical as It Seems?

Harvard Business Review

The onus for ethical behavior falls first to the employee. Most companies talk a good ethics game and even make their goals public. The punishing, pressure-cooker work environment meant that Volkswagen engineers were apparently loath to say no or admit failure to superiors. Many of these engineers may have been honest, upstanding citizens in their communities, but the pressure to succeed at work led them to game the system. Picture this.

Four Factors for the 21st Century

Lead Change Blog

Next to ethical and morally proper treatment, that means ensuring you are constantly helping your team members focus on where they should be at in 3 to 5 years in the future. Not only because knowledge on any subject is much easier to come by (think of using your favorite search-engine on the internet, for example), but also because the knowledge base is ever expanding and changing. Leadership VUCA Long-term success qualities Sustainability sustainable leadership

When Leadership Coaching Works (And When It Doesn't)

Marshall Goldsmith

Q: When does leadership coaching work? When will coaching aimed at changing leadership behavior be most effective? It won't turn bad doctors into good doctors or bad engineers into good engineers. Second, when leaders commit an ethical violation they should be fired - not coached. It only takes one ethical violation to ruin the reputation of an otherwise outstanding company. When is it a waste of time?

Bridging the Manager/Millennial Disconnect

Lead Change Blog

Poor work ethic. Leadership Development Management Millennials

Want to Cut Complexity? Kill Your Darlings.

In the CEO Afterlife

A long time ago, this ethic saved a near-bankrupt company that I had a part in restructuring. Each engineer has a pet feature they’d like included in Samsung phones. To do that, Samsung’s leaders must sacrifice the egos of their engineers.

Be Different! The Key to Business and Career Success

Skip Prichard

It takes effective leadership with the right tone at the top and leaders who will nurture the right culture to build the organization needed to become the preferred provider to your markets. Effective leaders set the right tone at the top, which becomes the organization’s ethical standards.

The Value Of A Complementary Team

Lead Change Blog

Back in my formidable days of being a twenty-something manager, Jack, one of the senior leaders of our theme park department, would spend time throughout his days discussing various leadership and operational strategies with us. Team Dynamics Leadership Team Building team development Teamwor

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Leamington, Canada: The Little Town That Could

In the CEO Afterlife

Taking a lesson from the signature phrase in the illustrated children’s book, The Little Engine That Could , the Leamington community did not throw in the towel. Leamington, a little town in the province of Ontario is the tomato capital of Canada.

Make it easy for others to be their best

ReImagine Work

That doesn’t work for me, not only ethically, but it’s also bad management. The post Make it easy for others to be their best appeared first on Mary Schaefer, empowerment expert, speaker, coach & trainer for those in engineering, scientific & IT-related positions.

Three practices of successful product managers

Lead on Purpose

Provide clear direction: One of the key directives for products managers is to provide clear direction to the engineering/development teams. A key to giving clear direction is for product managers to project their confidence and full support to the work engineering is doing.

Don’t Coach Integrity Violations – Fire Them!

Marshall Goldsmith

Almost all of the people I know who call themselves executive coaches are coaches in the area of leadership behavior. I can’t make a bad doctor a good doctor, a bad scientist a good scientist, or a bad engineer a good engineer.

Are We Experiencing A Technology Tsunami?

Rich Gee Group

Engineering, design, materials, and service just got better. 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 Are We Experiencing A Technology Tsunami?

Hacking the Talent Gap


Mike is America’s Top CEO Coach, recognized by Thinkers50 as a global authority on the topic of leadership, a Forbes leadership columnist, author of Leadership Matters , and CEO at N2growth. In my latest book Hacking Leadership I write on hacking the talent gap.

Three steps to the next big opportunity

Lead on Purpose

— The Product Management Perspective: The ideas for this post came from a question posed to me about how an engineer can become a product manager.

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Book Review: It's Not Just Who You Know

Lead on Purpose

Leadership grows and develops through building effective relationships. I highly recommend It’s Not Just Who You Know as guidebook to building effective relationships and increasing your leadership potential.

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Value comes from work

Lead on Purpose

Teenagers and cars: When parents buy their teenager a brand new car for his 16th birthday, he’s no doubt happy to have the car, but too often doesn’t take good care of it and crashes it or burns up the engine (or does something else to ruin it).

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Guest Post: Market Sensing is not Crop Dusting

Lead on Purpose

Imagine flying a single engine plane at extremely low altitudes, maneuvering into position, as you dive over treetops, houses and power lines dropping a fine mist about 30 feet from the ground at precisely the right time and then, throttling yourself to safety avoiding the same obstacles and more.

Good, Bad, Ugly and Beautiful Strategy


But that’s about the ethics of the people using the tools of strategy. The ethical strategist can deliberately limit certain options because they are unethical. The creative strategist can bring artists and engineers together to produce beauty that enhances lives of other people. Max McKeown is an English writer, consultant, guru and researcher specialising in innovation, strategy, leadership, and culture.

To Help Others Develop, Start With Yourself

Marshall Goldsmith

Great leaders encourage leadership development by openly developing themselves. In fact, organizations that do the best job of cranking out leaders tend to have CEOs like Steve Sanger who are directly and actively involved in leadership development. His leadership example makes it hard for any leader to act arrogant or to communicate that he or she has nothing to improve upon. He communicated clear expectations for ethics, values, and behavior. Leadership

Why We’re Seeing So Many Corporate Scandals

Harvard Business Review

And yet most business schools and leadership development programs still focus on those. ” The motive force behind institutional failure is leadership failure. Second, they don’t consider at a human level how their stated strategic intents shape the acceptable ethical boundaries for those who must turn those intents into reality. Indeed, he rehired an executive cleared of criminal wrongdoing, signaling that her ethical and managerial failures didn’t matter.)

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It's 7PM – Do you know where your employees are?

Survive Your Promotion

This guy was pretty good at his job, turned in high quality work, held himself to a high standard of ethical behavior, and was generally a solid employee. I still behave ethically and will question bad policy. Survive Your Promotion!

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The Guru's Guide to Creating Thought Leadership

Harvard Business Review

I list these below as a guide for anyone — from bloggers, to academics, to strategy consultants — looking to produce world-class thought leadership. How Ethical Are You? How do you produce an idea that changes the way people think and work?

The Man Who Is Changing The World.

Rich Gee Group

He also attended MIT, where he received 3 degrees: a Masters in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and a B.S.

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The DISC Model of Human Behavior – A Quick Overview | Guy Harris.

The Recovering Engineer

He has degrees in Chemical Engineering and he served as a Nuclear Engineering officer in the U.S. He is an engineer by nature, by training, and experience. It has no moral or ethical standing on its own.

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Good Brands Gone Bad | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Leadership. by John • March 21, 2011 • Branding , Leadership , Marketing • 1 Comment. Unlike BP, who mismanaged an accident, Halliburton and Monsanto self-inflicted the ethical decline of their brand image over many years. Leadership. In the CEO Afterlife.

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DISC Model FAQ's: Is Changing Your Behavior Phoney?

The Recovering Engineer

As I see it, choosing a behavior, word, or tone that will improve your communication effectiveness is not a moral or ethical issue. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering and he served as a Nuclear Engineering officer in the U.S.

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