I had the wonderful privilege of presenting in the Marble Colloquium series at Marble Collegiate Church this weekend: a fun opportunity to intentionally explore the theological work that happens in my own mind behind the business ethics lessons that I teach.
Simplicity and Complexity (Charlotte Saturday MBA Class of 2015)
Being a simple leader is a lot harder than generating and wading among complications. It almost always involves more responsibility. Paradoxically, it requires more comfort with complexity, because you have to spend time sifting the complex into simple terms. And it requires tremendous self-confidence, because in a simple leadership environment, there won’t be any question who is responsible when problems arise. But it’s what professionals do.
The Danger of a Normal Day (Winston-Salem Evening MBA Class of 2015)
Fourteen years and eleven hours ago, I was in graduate school. It was the second year of a three-year program, I was getting married in three months, and I expected that Tuesday to be like any other. During my first class, whispers emerged about something going on — a bombing, I heard first. By the break between classes, there was a TV set up in the student lounge and we had started to learn about planes hitting the World Trade Center. The Pentagon was hit during my second class, and rumors about other attacks were rampant.
Creative Business (Charlotte Saturday MBA Class of 2014)
When we really get it right, the holy grail of leading creatively is that we increase the value experienced by the community around us. Put a different way, we enable those around us to flourish. To some extent, this is aspirational: it feels a little pie-in-the-sky. But we are obligated toward this aspiration.
Mastering Business (Winston-Salem Evening MBA Class of 2014)
You haven’t mastered the disciplines of business administration – no person has. You have, we certify today, mastered the art of learning about business administration. Graduation isn’t an occasion to mark full formation, but rather an occasion to mark that you’ve found the work to do within: to occupy yourself with your own goals for learning and development.
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The New York Times published an article today about inconsistencies in ethical analysis. Author Matthew Hutson reviews the factors that dictate whether people use a primarily deontological or primarily utilitarian lens in their ethical decision making.
Start at the Top
People who sign forms at the top are more honest than those who sign at the bottom.
Leaders ask “Why?”
The difference between good business and changing the world is knowing how to ask “why?” and how to find people who believe the same things about the answer to that question.