Building Bridges Podcast

Ep 26 – Why is it so hard to be an ethical leader? Part 2

Ep 26 – Why is it so hard to be an ethical leader? Part 2

Fictional 1980s corporate raider Gordon Gekko famously proclaimed that “Greed is good,” seeking to justify why one of the seven deadly sins is, in fact, ethically virtuous. Leaders should think deeply about the ethical dimensions of their actions. However, too many fail to recognize the moral complexity inherent in their decisions. As one guest argues, “Just like some people are…

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Ep 25 – Why is it so hard to be an ethical leader? Part 1

Ep 25 – Why is it so hard to be an ethical leader? Part 1

Warren Buffett has described integrity as “a reputational advantage that others will weigh in subsequent dealings.” His partner, Charlie Munger, agrees, noting that “You’ll make more money in the end with good ethics than bad.” So, why are many leaders often tempted to take ethical short-cuts—or worse? This is the first part of our two-episode conversation in which we explore…

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Ep 22 – How well does our current system of corporate governance address the big challenges of the future? Pt 2

Ep 22 – How well does our current system of corporate governance address the big challenges of the future? Pt 2

According to one corporate director, “there are two places [in the United States]—the boardroom and the Supreme Court— where a lot of people go on them and think it’s for a lifetime.” But this mindset is starting to change. This is the second part of our two-episode conversation about the evolution of corporate governance as climate change and other societal…

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Ep 21 – How well does our current system of corporate governance address the big challenges of the future? Pt 1

Ep 21 – How well does our current system of corporate governance address the big challenges of the future? Pt 1

As one of our guests observed, corporate governance “used to be a sleepy backwater. Now, it’s on the front pages of the papers all the time.” This is the first part of our two-episode conversation in which we explore how corporate boards are evolving to address new challenges. In this episode, George Anderson, Amy Borrus, and Megan Shattuck join us…

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Ep 20 – Why do some new ideas gain traction—while others fail to catch on? Pt 2

Ep 20 – Why do some new ideas gain traction—while others fail to catch on? Pt 2

As comedian Robin Williams once observed, “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” This is the second part of our two-episode conversation in which we explore why some ideas gain traction, while others fail to catch on. In this episode, Ethan Beute, Mark Bonchek, Dara Treseder, and Sangram Vajre join us to discuss: Ideas…

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