3 Takeaways from One CEO’s Remarkable Culture-Change Experience

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Slowly, the business side and the farming and production sides of Cabot began to meet in the middle—or at least earn each other’s respect. In 2015, Ed Townley became the CEO of Cabot Creamery, the acclaimed but plateauing Vermont dairy…

What Pirates Have to Teach Us About Leadership

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Pirates, it turns out, were forward-thinking in a number of surprising—and instructive—ways. In the deep heat of an 18th-century summer, a crew of pirates was sailing off the Virginia coast when a lookout spotted a merchant ship to the…

Include Moral Hazards in Your Company’s Risk Assessment

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Perhaps the most consequential example of moral hazard in our lifetime concerns climate change. Notwithstanding its name, the concept of moral hazard originally had little to do with morality. Rather, it referred to the phenomenon that providing…

What Frogs in Hot Water Can Teach Us About Thinking Again

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIlgTBmiov0 In this Ted talk, Ethical Systems collaborator Adam Grant discusses biases that prevent us from changing course, like doubling down on a commitment to show others, or perhaps ourselves, that…

How Biden Can Boost Human Rights in Egypt

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The United States needs to stand with true democracies. In its first 100 days, the Biden administration renewed its focus on human rights. After years of internal debate, the United States declared Turkish attacks in Armenia a century…

Why a Basecamp Founder’s Blog Post Blew the Company Up

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Basecamp sought to transcend the messy, fraught political discussions—particularly about racism—that surround all of us with the quick fix of stifling speech on those topics in their chat forums. In 2018, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier…

The Tricky Role of Loyalty at Work

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The downsides of fostering loyalty don't mean that promoting loyalty is too dangerous. But leaders should proceed with caution. It’s fair to say that, overall, organizations can benefit from loyal employees. Loyal employees stay with their…

Don’t Underestimate the Experience of Doing the Right Thing

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As Patagonia makes clear, nothing compares to the awesome power of doing the right thing as the foundation of lasting success. Patagonia has long been considered one of the world’s most-admired companies. Apart from their millions of…

Change the Paradigm, Change the System: A Conversation with Denise Hearn

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Listen to "#27 - Change the Paradigm, Change the System: A Conversation with Denise Hearn" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Denise Hearn about the most significant opportunities and concerns with…

How Investors Can Lead the Shift Toward Stakeholder Capitalism

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The overwhelming focus on correlating highly imperfect ESG metrics with financial performance risks drowning out more promising avenues of research on how to meaningfully encourage a broader and longer-term approach to value creation. It’s…