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Month: March 2019

Krispy Kreme’s Nazi Roots — and the Challenge of Accountability

It’s likely that, before this week, you hadn’t heard of the Reimann family if you lived outside of Germany. And it seems likely, too, that that’s exactly how the Reimann family wanted it. Which is, if true, a major failure of accountability. There is a total lack of accountable leadership in the Reimann family. You almost certainly have heard of the consumer brands owned by the Reimann family. They include Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Panera Bread,

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister: Accountable Leadership after the Unthinkable

Two of the critical commitments accountable leaders make are “It’s all of us” and “We stand together when all hell breaks loose.”  Accountability is born in those commitments. After the horrific massacres last week at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people lost their lives, the world got a chance to see accountability in action. New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, sent both messages. She quickly responded to the terrorist violence with

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A Spring Training Lesson on Accountable Leadership

The other day, I was reading an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about one of the St. Louis Cardinals’ hottest prospects for 2019, a young Canadian outfielder by the name of Tyler O’Neill who made his debut last year. A quote from this young man near the end of the article really jumped out at me, because it pointed directly toward some foundation concepts that support accountable leadership. O’Neill said: “I’m always get­ting closer

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The College Admissions Scandal: Society’s Failure of Accountability

You’ve no doubt heard news reports about multiple high-profile indictments of wealthy parents who allegedly paid college coaches and others some truly staggering sums — with the reported aim of getting their children into top-tier universities they otherwise wouldn’t have gotten into. In just one jaw-dropping example of accountability failure in college admissions, a young woman with zero soccer skills somehow emerged as top soccer recruit for Yale. Her parents paid a consultant $1.2 million

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A Spring Training Lesson on Accountable Leadership

The other day, I was reading an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about one of the St. Louis Cardinals’ hottest prospects for 2019, a young Canadian outfielder by the name of Tyler O’Neill who made his debut last year. A quote from this young man near the end of the article really jumped out at me, because it pointed directly toward some foundation concepts that support accountable leadership. O’Neill said: “I’m always get­ting closer

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Your Best People Are Leaving…And I Know Why

Your organization is in crisis. A key person — or maybe a bunch of key people — just left, and now you’re struggling to deal with the consequences. Before you talk yourself into believing that you’re the victim here, let me suggest some tough questions. Please answer them honestly. Are you personally committed to telling your people the truth? How does your team know that for sure? What evidence do they have to the contrary?

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