October 20, 2019

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

 

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

Terry Burns and the New York Stock Exchange

When Terry was with Robertson & Co., he believed he was good trader. He consistently made profits for the firm, but like most other specialists, he didn’t win every time. As a result of this Terry struggled with whether or not he would be able to maintain his position. He could not figure out how to be as profitable as many of the other partners in his firm. This problem was shared by all the other members of Robertson &Co. who became part of the new firm. Some of them expressed that they were being pressured to circumvent the rules to better position themselves to make money. In other words, put themselves “in front of the public” (illegal trading).

Read the original article by Terry Burns (PDF)

University of North Carolina Women’s Soccer Team’s Core Values – Anson Dorrance (2006)

Every year when I meet with the rising seniors each week in the spring our discussions center around our core values and what they can do to live them and how they can help drive everyone within the culture to live them as well.  Human nature being what it is, some leaders embrace the personal and public challenge of our discussions and some don’t; just like some people within the culture live the core values and some just don’t have the strength.

Original article by Coach Anson Dorrance 2006 (pdf)

David Brooks OpEd: If It Feels Right…

“When asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn’t answer the question or described problems that are not moral at all, like whether they could afford to rent a certain apartment or whether they had enough quarters to feed the meter at a parking spot.”

Original NY Times OpEd