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Remaking America’s Workplaces Into Donald Sterling’s ‘Worst Nightmare’ Linked-In

June 5, 2014  |  Originally published at LinkedIn.

The controversy over L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks and the action taken by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is an example of challenges leaders will face navigating their organizations into and through a world in which diversity is the norm, not the exception.


The Flood is Coming - And Russell Crowe Can’t Help Linked-In

April 21, 2014  |  Originally published at LinkedIn.

“Noah,” the Hollywood blockbuster starring Russell Crowe, has generated a lot of buzz since its March 28 premiere. The movie depicts the Genesis story about Noah building an ark to save himself, his family and various animals from a great flood. While this may be billed as an action/adventure movie, I view it more as a cautionary tale, because devastating floods are a very real and increasingly destructive and frequent threat to our world.


Why Write Your Own Retirement Tribute? Linked-In

March 4, 2014  |  Originally published at LinkedIn.

Writing remarks for your own retirement party can be a powerful exercise for helping guide the choices you will make to shape your career. I know that when I retire, I don’t want anyone talking about the titles I held or how “successful” I was making money or advancing in the corporate hierarchy. Instead, I want them to talk about the values I embodied and brought to work every day.


Sincerity and Authenticity in Social Media Linked-In

February 20, 2014  |  Originally published at LinkedIn.

As a panelist at a FinanceConnect conference sponsored by LinkedIn in New York last week, I found myself referring, unexpectedly, to a 40-year-old series of lectures delivered by the late Professor Lionel Trilling to frame the challenge the financial services industry faces in harnessing the power, and the potential, of social media.

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