November 29, 2020

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

John Edwards’ Biggest Mistake Was Lack Of Accountability, A Fatal Flaw For Leaders by Craig Chappelow

“Here’s my take: John Edwards made a mistake. And I’m not even talking about all the obvious ones. I’m talking about the moment he decided he was accountable to no one. When leaders, especially high-profile ones, crash and burn, lack of accountability is often the fatal flaw. Being accountable for our behavior (and its impact) is a cornerstone of leadership. Yet, time and time again leaders consider themselves immune to the rules. They believe they are too big to fall. And it could happen to any of us if we’re not careful.

Is your leadership “check engine” light on? Ask yourself these questions…”

Read the article by Craig Chappelow

Peggy Noonan OpEd: America’s Crisis of Character

“People in politics talk about the right track/wrong track numbers as an indicator of public mood. This week Gallup had a poll showing only 24% of Americans feel we’re on the right track as a nation. That’s a historic low. Political professionals tend, understandably, to think it’s all about the economy—unemployment, foreclosures, we’re going in the wrong direction. I’ve long thought that public dissatisfaction is about more than the economy, that it’s also about our culture, or rather the flat, brute, highly sexualized thing we call our culture.  Now I’d go a step beyond that. I think more and more people are worried about the American character—who we are and what kind of adults we are raising…”

Read the rest of the OpEd by Peggy Noonan

After the firing: What does the Petrino case mean to Arkansas and college football?

“Yet again we fans of college football find ourselves in a quandary, albeit a false one.   We recognize that excellent coaches are tough to find.  Coaches such as Nick Saban, Paul Johnson, or Urban Meyer can have an immediate, dramatic impact on a program.  By going 21-5 over the past two seasons and beginning the upcoming season with a top ten ranking in the perennially tough SEC, Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino surely belonged in that very exclusive fraternity…”

Read the rest of the commentary by Joe Thomas, S-LS Founder and CEO


Advanced Executive Coaching Program

The demand for executive coaches is growing. How can you take advantage of the opportunities in the marketplace and make yourself more marketable? The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business offers a new certificate program in Advanced Executive Coaching. This first-of-a kind program was developed by Smith school faculty, additional highly respected academics, and experienced executive coaches. The program is designed for coaches who want to take their executive coaching to the next level and are seeking a competitive advantage in the marketplace. “Coaching 21st Century Leaders: The Advanced Executive Coaching Program” will connect you with a network of leading experts in leadership development and executive coaching, introduce you to new methodologies, and provide opportunities to help you sharpen your coaching skills. This Advanced Executive Coaching Program has received the endorsement of the International Coach Federation (ICF) for 80 Continuing Coaching Education Units (CCEU).

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March 2012 Teachable Moment: The Case of SSGT Robert Bales in Afghanistan

“The tragic news of the alleged actions of 38 year old US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales came as a tremendous shock to the American public.  Recent reporting claims Bales left his operating base on the night of March 11, entered two Afghan villages and methodically went about shooting 16 civilians, including 9 children…One thing is certain at this point and that is US-Afghan relations will be forever altered.  The war may in fact be at a turning point.  The direction of America’s future in Afghanistan is impossible to predict.  Political and military leaders alike will attempt to mitigate the situation.  US service-members and Westerners working in Afghanistan are at far greater risk as a result of this tragedy.  We can safely say that no possible good can come from this incident.  What can be safely claimed is that much needs to be done to prevent such incidents in future.”

Read the rest of the commentary by Joe Thomas, S-LS Founder and CEO

Do Fired Navy COs Suffer From ‘Bathsheba Syndrome’?

“The U.S. Navy has sacked more than 150 commanding officers for misconduct in the past 10 years. Five COs have already been fired this year, including the dismissal Monday of the commander of an amphibious transport dock that had not yet even been commissioned…”The Bathsheba Syndrome: The Ethical Failure of Successful Leaders,” published in a business journal in 1993, asserts that the ethical failure of powerful leaders is often not the result of an individual’s low morals, but the byproduct of success.”

Read the article from Stars and Stripes

NY Times Article: Looking Ahead Behind the Ivy

The pace of change in business is quickening, and business schools are scrambling to keep up. A number of prominent B-schools, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School among them, have rethought their programs and are making changes to reflect the increasingly global scope of business and to improve students’ leadership and teamwork skills. Some schools are asking students to wrestle with questions about the ethical lapses that contributed to the financial crisis. Nitin Nohria, new dean of Harvard Business School and co-author of “Paths to Power: How Insiders and Outsiders Shaped American Business Leadership,” discussed the new courses, and the goals and thinking behind them.

Original New York Times article by Adam Bryant