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August, 2013

Ethics: The Foundation of Sound Leadership?

A Forbes article "Ethics in Leadership: The 8 rules to Prevent Misuse of Corporate Power" recently caught my eye. The premise of the article is that unethical behavior by leaders was due to the circumstances that they were exposed to. In other words, unethical leadership was due to external factors and the individual leader would be a victim to the pressures of their complex work environment.

The article proposes that senior executives be warned about what they are being exposed to when promoted to a top position that would expose them to ethical challenges. That all executives are vulnerable to unethical behavior, that unethical tendencies are hidden when they serve in middle management positions, but fall prey to it when they have nearly or total absolute power.

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Protective Ethics
he article proposes steps the organization should take to protect it and their respective executives by warning them, strengthening company practices and processes, tightening board governance and establishing watch guards for unethical behavior. It overlooks, . . . read more
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Feature Article

Google, a company built by engineers for engineers discovered that as the company scaled it was necessary to develop management titles. Engineers were disgruntled by this action. The company tasked a three-man team to settle once and for all whether management was a force for good or evil within the company's "do no evil" walls.

The Google research found that not only are managers a critical component to corporate structure - but that good managers increased job satisfaction, retention and employment with their groups as a whole.

There were eight discoveries about what makes someone a great Google manager.

  1. Be a good coach
  2. Empower the team and do not micro manage
  3. Express interest/concern for team members' success & personal well-being
  4. Be productive and results-oriented
  5. Be a good communicator
  6. Help with career development
  7. Have a vision
  8. Use your technical skills to advise

Read the full article for more information on how this information was collected and how it may apply to your organization.

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Note: Ask yourself the following questions.
  • Do you have a definition of what makes a good manager in your company?
  • Do you train and/or mentor your managers?
  • Do you survey management reports to get feedback on manager performance?

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Management Resources
Ethics: A breif documentary on the issue of corproate ethics (or lack thereof) that everyone should watch.A good reminder of what business leaders should institute in their organizations to address compliance with ethical standards.
Ethical Leadership (11:41 min)

Culture: This video is a collection of favorite tidbits of advice from zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Author or Good to Great, Built to Last, Great by Choice, Jim Collins, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs..
Core Values & Company Culture Are The Foundation of Organizational (2:29 min)

Networking: Networking advice from Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Media, and Scott Gerber, founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.
Become a Master Networker: 5 Quick Tips (3:01 min)

Leadership: As the leader of an online marketing company, The one thing I'm not down with is being in a popularity contest because this isn't high school, it's my business and my No. 1 priority is to serve my customers and my investors. But, this doesn't mean I'm not in service to my team, because I'll be the first one to tell you, I work for them and I'm here to help them be more effective.
Don't Aim to Be Popular, Be Effective

Down Time: A true leader steps back, trusts his or her people, and allows them to succeed. By taking a break from the day-to-day operations, not only was I spending some much-needed time with my family, but also I was able to focus on the bigger picture of where we were and where our business was heading.
Take A Serious Vacation: A CEO's Advice To All CEOs

Servant Leadership: When you look around the world at CEOs and senior military leaders, the CEOs may have a high level of success but they forget about being the humble servant. They start getting confused and thinking it's really about them and that’s generally when you see those folks self-destruct.
"It's Always About Service To Others": Leadership Lessons From A Soldier CEO

Decision Making: I'd estimate that over 75% of the advice I've received was dead wrong for me - heading me in a direction that either would fail miserably or make me unhappy in the success of it.
5 Ways To Tell If The Advice You've Received Is Wrong

Planning: No amount of planning can make a bad, ill-timed idea for a business successful.  However, a company that grows rapidly on the back of a great and badly needed product or service can be successful even with woeful planning. Yet a strategy written on the back of a napkin (as many are) will get those companies only so far before trouble sets in. 
Why Great Products And No Planning Will Carry A Midsized Firm Only So Far (Before It Crashes)

Personal Development: If you really want to excel in the boardroom, take care of your needs and responsibilities in your own living room first.
4 Reasons Being Happily Married Could Make You A Better CEO

Leadership Development: Leadership writer and top TED speaker Simon Sinek explains how great leaders create a "circle of safety" for their teams.
How Extraordinary Leaders Evolve

Employee Development: It's noble to promote from within, but irresponsible if it's without preparation. Here's what you should do.
Turn a Good Worker Into a Great Manager: 6 Steps

Cash Management: Many seasonal businesses - such as construction, landscaping, amusement park operators and more - thrive in the summer months and struggle during the colder months. Better than anyone else, these types of businesses understand that cash flow can make or break you..
5 Tips for Handling Cash Flow Peaks and Valleys

Personal Presentation: Delivering a presentation before a group is very different from doing so one-on-one with a client. Would you believe that some people are more comfortable speaking before a large audience? They actually "hide" behind the audience. The dynamic changes in a small group. Now, the focus is on you and how well you directly interact with various individuals.
One-On-One Body Language Tips

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