January 15, 2021

NCAA Champion Magazine: Safely Putting Ethics to the Test

“Ask any neurologist – or parent – and they’ll tell you that the decision-making centers in the brain aren’t fully formed until the mid- to late 20’s. So it’s little surprise that college students aren’t always celebrated for showing sound judgment.”

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Confronting Ethical Dilemnas at Work: Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?

“Ethics can be dangerous to your career. The danger may come not from your own ethics but from the ethics of people around you and the organization of which you are a part. At work, you may be called upon to do things that turn out to be unethical or even illegal. What should you do if that occurs? According to the old adage, “The best defense is a good offense.” And the best defense against involvement in wrongdoing is being prepared for organizational challenges that will inevitably test your personal values, moral beliefs, and commitment to doing the right thing.”

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Women’s Empowerment Series Hosted by Angela Cyrus (PhD) of the Student-Leader Seminar

The Women’s Empowerment Series is comprised of full-day (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM) immersion retreats designed to increase personal empowerment and self-acceptance, foster rewarding relational skills, and inspire confidence to live and lead from a place of wholeness.

Read more about the Women’s Empowerment Series here

Intra-Group Social Networks As Social Support Systems

“Approximately 20 years ago, at the start of my career as an Organizational Development (OD) consultant, I was asked to help commanders of the Infantry basic training program to find ways to reduce the high number of trainees who fail to complete their basic combat training…Lesson learned from IDF’s infantry basic training show a clear connection between an individual’s Intra-Group Social Score (IGSS) and the probability of drop/withdrawal”

“This article details the overall process of analysis and intervention for reducing the dropout rate (voluntary and involuntary) of new recruits. The reduction was made possible by rallying and strengthening existing social ties, in particular to support the individual and reduce the level of burnout experienced.”

Read the article by Tzur Keren

Proceedings Magazine Article: Cause For Alarm

“A young submariner once wrote, ‘It is integrity that bonds the crew of a submarine so tightly together that when faced with any circumstance, each individual can trust his shipmate to meet the needs of the moment.’ This anonymous sailor went on to make the comparison between integrity in professional conduct and the physical integrity of a ship.  It seems that officers in today’s Navy need to extend this analogy to address integrity in personal conduct.”

Read the article by Lieutenant James Drennan

Capital Gazette Book Review: “Practicing Military Anthropology: Beyond Expectations and Traditional Boundaries”

A recently released book co-edited by Student-Leader Seminar faculty member, Clementine Fujimura, is reviewed on CapitalGazette.com.  The book, “Practicing Military Anthropology: Beyond Expectations and Traditional Boundaries” was released by Kumarian Press earlier this month.

“The objective of military anthropologists isn’t to help the military find better ways to kill people, it’s to help soldiers better understand foreign cultures,” she said. “This can reduce conflicts on both sides and lead to greater cooperation.”

Read the review by Theresa Winslow, CapitalGazette.com

Petraeus’s Bathsheba Syndrome by Mackubin Thomas Owens

“What led a successful general at the height of his power and influence to have an affair that undid all he had accomplished.”  Ludwig and Longnecker, as well as others writing subsequently, have argued that the psychological impact of gaining power, despite many positive effects, also may unleash a dark side: the belief that one is too big to fail, that the normal rules do not apply. Thus even a leader of high moral character may succumb to the temptations that accompany the acquisition of power. The findings of Ludwig and Longnecker regarding the moral corruption of the powerful go a long way toward explaining Petraeus’s behavior.”

Read the article  by Mackubin Thomas Owens in National Review Online

Focus 3 article: 10 Leadership Lessons from the Penn State Scandal

“Amidst the frustration, anger, & confusion following the tragic events at Penn State, it is easy to fall into the trap of finding blame without finding any real lessons for ourselves. We can be quick to judge and slow to learn.

This is not to say that the observations and judgments are inappropriate. The majority of the discourse is focused on the failures of leadership at Penn State, why it happened, who was involved, and how severely they should be punished. And rightly so.

But for everyone not directly involved in the proceedings, there is another conversation that should take place:

What can we learn from Penn State to improve our organizations, our leaders, & ourselves?”

Read the article by Focus 3

CCL Article 5 Big Ideas: What’s Next For Leadership Development

In five or 10 years, could leadership development look very different than it does today? What assumptions might be overturned about the who, what and how of leadership development? What ideas could change the way we become better leaders and build our collective leadership capacity?

CCL has been asking these questions, too. In our 2011-2012 Annual Report, we examine five big ideas that have fired our imaginations and just might be driving the future of leadership development.

Read the article from the Center for Creative Leadership 2011-2012 Annual Report

Rick Reilly: Joe Paterno’s True Legacy

“That professor was right, all those years ago. I was engaging in hagiography. So was that school. So was that town. It was dangerous. Turns out it builds monsters.”

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