Robert Greenleaf’s concept of “servant leadership” prioritizes the well-being of the team, rather than focusing solely on achievement. This short video identifies 10 characteristics central to the development of servant leadership. An effective servant leader builds better organizations and promotes justice and empathy in the larger world. This video originally appeared on YouTube on June 30,…

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“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”―William Shakespear In his book, The Obstacle Is the Way, Ryan Holiday (2014) shares the wisdom of Stoicism* (a Greek philosophy) and ancient Stoics to help readers “accomplish the very specific and increasingly urgent goal we all share: overcoming obstacles. Mental obstacles. Physical obstacles. Emotional…

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Corruption is theft, pure and simple. Corruption is a constant threat in Kenya, says social entrepreneur Wanjira Mathai — and to stop it there (or anywhere else), we need to intervene early. Following the legacy of her mother, political activist and Nobel Prize recipient Wangari Maathai, Mathai shares three strategies to uproot a culture of…

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Better Business Bureau Ethics TORCH Award Finalist. Used with kind permission of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota & North Dakota. Originally published on November 28, 2018.

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What does it mean to think upside down or to see the world completely differently than you are told to because your perception and how you view the world just isn’t deemed normal? Well, Lisa Marie Platske stops by to explain. It’s small business week and this CEO not only runs her own business but…

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Former Vice President of Sustainability at McDonald’s Bob Langert spoke at the 2019 Ted Summit about how he worked with environmental experts and interest groups to create and improve a sustainability program for the fast food chain. This video is shared under a Creative Commons license (BY-NC-ND 4.0). Please visit Ted.com. This TED Talk originally appeared…

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The National Blues Museum strikes the right chord with its business practices. In this video, Jacqueline K. Dace, Director of Internal Affairs of the National Blues Museum, shares how the museum developed an ethics framework, including doing research on best practices and developing a code of conduct. This video originally appeared on U.S. Bank’s Financial…

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There are more options than you might expect for leaders looking to improve their game. Q: When you are the boss, where do you go for coaching? A: There are more options than you might expect for leaders looking to improve their game. Assessments, peer circles and one-on-one coaching all can be valuable resources to…

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Creating a successful brand image is about finding what’s authentic to your company and letting it come through in your daily actions, says Kate Quinn, chief administrative officer at U.S. Bank. Trader Joe’s wasn’t always the national phenomenon it is today. Like many businesses, it started small, with a single store in Southern California. Kate…

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The Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI) recently released a report, “Ethical Leadership Around the World and Why It Matters,” as part of its Global Business Ethics Survey. Among the results, researchers found that ethical leadership is key to lowering ethics and compliance risk. Unfortunately, they also found that leaders tend to have a more positive…

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