Yesterday I Was Levi’s Brand President. I Quit So I Could Be Free.

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When I traveled to Moscow in 1986, I brought 10 pairs of Levi’s 501s in my bag. I was a 17-year-old gymnast, the reigning national champion, and I was going to the Soviet Union to compete in the Goodwill Games, a rogue Olympics-level competition orchestrated by CNN founder Ted Turner while the Soviet Union and the United States were boycotting each other. 

How to Lead in a Hybridized Workplace

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The personal lives of those we lead have now become relevant to our work life in ways we’ve never seen. Leaders everywhere are scrambling to figure out how to navigate the fast-changing rules of a hybrid workplace. Too many are grasping…

How Shopify’s Support Team Puts Trust at Its Core

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With trust at the core, organizations can replace the external stick with a far-reaching sense of purpose and achieve a more lasting commitment. As many organizations stick to remote work or hybrid models, questions about what type of organizational…

Business Leaders Should Take a Stand Against China’s Human Rights Abuses

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The failure of prominent executives to acknowledge China's ongoing human-rights issues underscores why it is so important for governments like the U.S. to challenge the autocratic country's abuses. On November 2, Peng Shuai, a Chinese tennis…

Rachel Ruttan on Business’ Role in Eroding Sacred Values

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https://youtu.be/p-eb8L57CJk In this conversation with Ethical Systems, Brian Gallagher speaks with Rachel Ruttan about her recent paper, "Instrumental Use Erodes Sacred Values." Across seven studies, she and her colleague probed the effects…

Adam Grant on the Business Culture of Lies, Narcissists, and Ego in HBO’s “Succession”

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYTnkZxwGEY In this episode of the Succession podcast, host Kara Swisher speaks with Adam Grant about what happens when a culture of lies, narcissists, and ego is fueled by a demanding and demeaning boss. Adam…

Global Business Leaders Need to Push Ethiopia Toward Peace

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As the Ethiopian crisis escalates rapidly, this is a vital time for corporate leaders with ties to the government to stand up collectively and publicly for human rights. Ethiopia is a country in crisis. In the last year, the government…

Peter Thiel, Irresistible Pariah

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Reprinted with permission from Luke Burgis’ Substack, Anti-Mimetic. The publishing industry fuels its non-fiction sales with Girardian scapegoats by authors who play the game. Does every good story need a bad guy? If you want to…

The Cultural Factors That Are Helping Companies Retain Talent

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While many organizations are busy purpose-washing to create the illusion of meaning, genuinely purposeful organizations embed solidarity right into management practices. According to the US Department of Labor, September posted a record-high…

How to Convince CEOs to Support Climate Action at the Expense of Profits

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Businesses require a thriving, stable society to operate, and cannot survive in a failing world. There is now widespread consensus that limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5℃ requires fundamental changes in sectors like energy,…