Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm … on “Good Company”

The Practical Leader

” “In announcing the arrival of “the ethical consumer,” Time magazine noted: “We are starting to put our money where our ideals are.” ” If companies want to succeed in this ethical age, they had better live up to those ideals.”

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Culture, Not Leverage, Made Wall Street Riskier

Harvard Business Review

Before the IPO in 1999, partners of Goldman Sachs owned equity in a private partnership. The result was an intense focus on risk, including risks related to ethical standards. Ethics Finance Risk management Over the summer, U.S. regulators announced new rules that would limit the leverage (ratio of debt or assets to equity) that the biggest U.S. banks can use in their business.

Why Executives Should Talk About Racial Bias at Work

Harvard Business Review

As the CFO of a well-funded IPO-bound company, Dan had many years of experience and he had the results to show that he had outworked and out-delivered many of his internal and external counterparts. But now, with the impending IPO, the stakes were much higher.

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Executives Must Talk About Racial Bias at Work

Harvard Business Review

As the CFO of a well-funded IPO-bound company, Dan had many years of experience and he had the results to show that he had outworked and out-delivered many of his internal and external counterparts. But now, with the impending IPO, the stakes were much higher.

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Uber Is Finally Realizing HR Isn’t Just for Recruiting

Harvard Business Review

Today Uber is no startup, with 11,000 employees, not including its drivers, and a 2017 market value at IPO that is estimated as $28–$70 billion. As my colleague Ian Ziskin has noted, an entrepreneurial, agile, and performance-driven culture is not a substitute for an ethical, courageous, and people-friendly culture.

A Recession Doesn’t Mean Your Startup Can’t Grow

Harvard Business Review

Seven years after that infamous day in 2008, we are a post-IPO company with a market cap of over $1 billion dollars. A better work ethic. So far this year, the stock market has been anything but stable. The correction for tech companies appears to be well underway.

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Why WikiLeaks Matters More (And Less) than You Think

Harvard Business Review

That's why the traditional understanding of everything from GDP to " jobs " to " profit " to " IPO " is limited. There are big and small, worse and better, more and less ethical ways to do the latter. Rather than seeing WikiLeaks through the lens of morality or national security , let's look at it through an institutional lens. To those of you who've been reading this blog for a while, that may be second nature. But to the newcomers, let me explain what I mean.

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