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Forum 2
Week 2: Shadow Side of Leadership ( 68 messages – 47 unread
Question to Respond To:
How do leaders prevent themselves from being perceived as a
toxic leader and ensure that those reporting to them become the best that they
can be? What is the purpose of a credo
memo and how can leaders groom their direct reports to do the right thing?
Readings for the Week:
Harper, M. G. (2014, February). Toxic Leadership.
Mason, D. E. (1993, Jan). Put the power of ethics to work in
your organization. Nonprofit World, 11, 30. Retrieved from
von der Embse, T.,J., Desai, M. S., & Ofori-Brobbey, K.
(2010). A new perspective on ethics safeguards: Where is the clout?
S.A.M.Advanced Management Journal, 75(3), 4-10,51,2. Retrieved from
If you are unfamiliar with using a libary database, the
readings can be found here after searching by course number
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Unethical leadership in the news – from the week of Sept 21,
2015 ( 11 messages – 6 unread )
This is an ungraded topic….
Too bad this class didn’t start back in September (2015) we
had quite a news week, a treasure-trove of managerial ethical blunders and,
well, I couldn’t resist. So a few months
back, we saw “toxic†leadership in two companies, one that will lead to
Billions (with a B) in penalties and loses and possibly jail-time and the
other, at least for now has landed the chief decision maker and toxic leader in
So the first is Volkswagen – apparently for years the
company has been defrauding the consumers and the regulatory agencies
responsible for oversight saying that their diesel vehicles were running
cleaner than they were. What makes this
particularly good fodder is that the company went as far as altering the
onboard software to disguise the actual emissions put out by the vehicles. Google “former Volkswagen CEO Martin
Winterkorn. (Here’s the news alert in
the New York Times talking about CEO Martin Winterkorn’s resignation – not sure
how long this will be “upâ€).
Story number two involves fewer “Benjamins†but it is
equally as “toxic†(pardon the pun – there are lots between smog and
salmonella…) Stewart Parnell, former CEO of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation
of America (PCA) was sentenced to 28 years in jail for his role in knowingly
selling tainted peanut butter. There’s a
ton to read about this too – take a look and see what you find.
Oh, and …Surprise! – both claim they had no knowledge of the
bad acts of their companies – we’ll have to wait and see if both are
convicted. At least for now, no one can
point to VW’s misstep as a killer…
Our last one is a bit more on the fringe but on any other
slow “Ethics†in the news week, I’d have to share it and I won’t let the former
two nuggets overshadow it entirely.
Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired an old drug (Daraprim) and raised the
price from $13.50 per pill to $750.00 – yes, do the math, that’s one heck of a
mark-up. (I know, I know, Shkreli’s run
didn’t last too long – after only 10 months at the helm – since he stepped down
in December of 2015 following his fraud arrest, but as I understand it, the
cost of a pill is still north of $300)
Now I’m all for the capitalist system and I’m a staunch believer in the
price elasticity of demand but somehow this feels icky, in spite of that. Anyway, in light of the “better late than
never†toxic leaders in the news theme, I thought it was relevant to add
this. (Bonus “points†– air quotes since
this is ungraded… to anyone who can explain the Wu Tang connection and relate it
back to our topic of ethics…)
This is an impromptu discussion topic and will not be graded
but I would love to get your thoughts as a class – this is a great way to start
to think about what we’ll be talking about for the next 7+ weeks. Thanks for indulging me….

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