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Ethical Business Leaders Think Longer-Term

Author's Note: The last two Leading in Context™ blog posts have focused on the negative implications of using short-term thinking in business leadership. This post provides resources for leaders who want to learn more about using longer-term thinking in decision-making.

The Financial Crisis and the Sustainability Crisis Have a Common Cause

How are the financial crisis and the sustainability crisis connected? They are both fueled by large numbers of business people simultaneously using a narrow, short-term view of their responsibilities. A short-term view is thinking that is narrowly focused on accomplishing short-range internal company goals and fails to consider the impact of business choices beyond the company's walls and beyond the current financial reporting period.

A Profitability Focus Signals Short-Term Thinking

A pure profitability focus is based on an outdated cause-and-effect model, a belief that we can control our profit with our choices and that those choices are more important than our constituents and the impact of what we do on our economic system, our environment and our local and global communities.

Overuse of Antibiotics: Antibiotic Hand Soap is Part of the Problem

Studies Show the Negative Impact of Antibacterial Soaps While it seems responsible to use strong soaps to reduce the spread of germs in workplace bathrooms and kitchens, studies are showing that there are serious problems with that approach from a systems perspective. The Top 3 Reasons to…

Ethical Office Supplies:Ethical Product Rankings Make Comparisons Easier

Are You Using Ethical Office Supplies?  The products you choose can help define you as an ethical business. It is becoming easier to choose ethical office products using websites that rank product ethics. The Good Office Guide 2008 - This guide includes detailed ethics ratings for…

Sustainability is a Mindset, Not a Job

Many businesses are gearing up for sustainability by adding a position to oversee it. Will adding a position without changing the way decisions are made actually lead to sustainable business practices within the organization? It turns out that sustainable CEOs are making…

100 Most Trustworthy Companies 2010

Forbes has posted its list of the 100 most trustworthy companies for 2010.   "Audit Integrity finds that its 100 Most Trustworthy Companies have consistently demonstrated transparent and conservative accounting practices and solid corporate governance and management." Forbes List of 100 Most…

Planned Obsolescence: Is it Ethical? No. Can We Still Have the Newest Gadgets? Yes!

Is Planned Obsolescence Ethical?  Every business should know its position on this important question.  Do you know yours? Many companies have the technology to make products that last far longer, and choose not to use it. You know what comes next…

Ethical Leadership Resources. LeadinginContext™.com

Free Business Ethics Resources that provide a clear, up-to-date context for leading responsibly have been added to the Leading in Context LLC website under "Resources." A Case Study for Leaders that  addresses a common problem  -  senior management not listening to the concerns of other business leaders in the…

Ethical Leadership Matters Now, More Than Ever

Linda Fisher Thornton's Guest Column that appeared in Monday's Richmond Times Dispatch explains the quickly changing landscape of ethical leadership, why the ethical leadership movement is gaining momentum, and why ethical leadership matters now, more than ever. "Ethical Leadership Matters Now, More…

Dealing With Chemicals: A Corporate Plan

Chemistry is not just confounding high school students these days. Corporate leaders are dealing with the complications of using  chemicals in an age where responsible leadership practices are expected, and where businesses are held accountable for how they impact consumer health and the environment.…

“Most Wanted” Leadership Skill 2010

What is the most desired business leadership skill according to CEOs? It may surprise you to learn that it's Creativity.    Because of the complex challenges businesses are facing,  the fast pace of change (and many other reasons) CEOs most want leaders…

New Business Rules: Are You Ready to Compete?

Will you be ready to compete in the new arena? The consumer is choosing products differently, and even "doing without" more often. Businesses are racing to catch up with the new expanded expectations for responsible leadership in 2010 and beyond. CEOs…

The Bottom-Line Benefits of Sustainability (Written By a CFO)

Selling the sustainability mindset within your organization may require some preparation and persistence. Not all C-suite leaders may be convinced that sustainability will pay off for the company in the long run, and CFOs may be particularly hard to convince. Kurt Kuehn…

The B Corporation: New Structure Puts Values Before Profits

The B Corporation. The new structure that legally protects a company that wants to put values before profits. In the article New Legal Protection for Social Entrepreneurs, John Tozzi provides an overview of the new structure and interviews some business…