In Confronting a Polarized Workforce, Persuasion Is Not the Goal. Learning Is!

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"Persuasion is a zero-sum game," says Harvard psychologist Julia Minson. "Whereas learning can be a massive win-win." In her new book I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times,…

The Zelensky Method of Warding Off Bullies

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Over the past few weeks, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has gone from being someone the world hardly knew to an individual whose heroism and leadership people from around the globe are heralding. It’s no secret why this…

How Corporations Should Respond to Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine

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As Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion of Ukraine threatens to tear down that international system, global companies have a lot to lose—and need to act.  Since the end of World War II, thousands of Western-based companies have benefited…

To Become a Purpose-Driven Leader, Cultivate These Skills Now

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Go first and make it easier for others to find the courage to join you. As you demonstrate your moral leadership to do what’s right, you’ll inspire others to do so.  In recent decades, the business world has thankfully served up a…

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…