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Rejuvenation at Work:  Leveraging Connections for Employee Engagement

Rejuvenation at Work: Leveraging Connections for Employee Engagement

Resolutions, diets, the latest exercise routines - we are inundated with “new year, new you” messages each January. This time of year also marks a bit of a reset at work - many of us return to the office after extra time with loved ones over the holidays.

As we consider our priorities and well-being, our work is rightly a key focus. The workplace is where many of us spend most of our time, alongside the people with whom we endeavor to create meaning and impact. The time is right for reevaluation and rejuvenation. And the attention business leaders should pay to their own engagement at work - and that of their employees - is a year-round issue.…

The Courage to Stand Up:  CEO of Deloitte Consulting on Ethical Leadership

The Courage to Stand Up: CEO of Deloitte Consulting on Ethical Leadership

Skill in enterprise communication, courage to voice values, and willingness to experiment - these are among the "under-appreciated and under-discussed" skills that leaders must embrace for prosperity and impact. 

Dan Helfrich, Chair and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP, sat down with us to share his insights on cultivating moral courage, finding balance at work, and how ethical leaders can contribute with impact despite the high velocity of today's changing business landscape. …

Global Good:  Lenses on Ethical Leadership from Japan

Global Good: Lenses on Ethical Leadership from Japan

What is the role of business in community resilience, as environmental disasters increase in frequency and intensity around the world? Japan - the world's third largest economy - is among the countries most geographically vulnerable to environmental challenges. At the same time, its infrastructure, technology, and innovation position it as an important global example, as countries around the world pursue environmental adaptation

Sports and Ethical Leadership: Views from the Field

Sports and Ethical Leadership: Views from the Field

Like most universities with Division I athletics, Notre Dame doesn’t need to look far to find alumni making their mark in competition after graduation. But sports as an industry is big business - with big challenges, and ever-expanding opportunities for ethical leadership. We sat down with alumni working in the industry along with faculty member and NDDCEL Fellow Professor Brian Levey

Sustainable Energy for a Sustainable Future

Sustainable Energy for a Sustainable Future

“Isn’t every company a sustainable company?”

 

This is the challenging question posed by Kirsten Higgins, ND ’14, during her insightful interview on the present and future of renewable energy. She expanded on this question noting that as more companies become attuned to the costs—tangible and intangible

A Crystal Clear Opportunity: Transparency Improves Business and Sets Your Firm Apart

A Crystal Clear Opportunity: Transparency Improves Business and Sets Your Firm Apart

It’s clear by now that ESG (environmental, social, and governance) factors are part of the 21st century business landscape. You can’t stroll through business or investing sites without coming across the term, but a simple commitment to ESG is not going to be enough for companies to justify their social license to operate. Consumers, especially Gen Z who have considerable market power, have gotten savvy to ‘greenwashing’ and ‘social washing’ by major companies and are demanding more transparency

The Trust Triad

The Trust Triad

These three qualities can help you thrive and connect—even in a world that’s drowning in distrust.

The Best Books for Ethical Leaders This Year

The Best Books for Ethical Leaders This Year

As part of our mission to inform, equip, and inspire values-based leaders, the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership and its Faculty Fellows stay on the lookout for new books. In our fifth annual list of Best Books for Ethical Leaders, we share ten books published during the 2021 calendar year that bridge the worlds of business and academia and provide practical insights that can help leaders live and work more ethically.

Honesty at Work

Honesty at Work

Christian Miller (ND PhD '04), director of the Honesty Project at Wake Forest University, shares advice on hiring honest employees and cultivating moral character with the help of exemplars, moral reminders, and self-awareness.

Will meaningful work make your employees moral?

Will meaningful work make your employees moral?

The "Great Resignation" is here: Employees are leaving their jobs in droves to find work that aligns with their passions. Organizations stand to benefit from this trend—but only if leaders appreciate the potential (and the pitfalls) of meaningful work.

How the Best Apologies Are Made

How the Best Apologies Are Made

For some leaders, leadership means "never having to say you're sorry." But new research suggests that they are overlooking the profound benefits a good apology has to offer.

How to Fail Better

How to Fail Better

Failure can be a powerful source for learning, growth, and innovation. But in order to benefit from it, we have to learn to see it for what it is.

Doing Well by Doing Good: A Scholar and a Practitioner Discuss ESG

Doing Well by Doing Good: A Scholar and a Practitioner Discuss ESG

ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) metrics have transformed the way many companies assess their impact. In this discussion, Amelia Miazad (Business and Society Institute, Berkeley Law) and Bill Kennedy (Fidelity) explain how ESG can help you combine purpose and profitability.

How to Spark Moral Imagination

How to Spark Moral Imagination

Moral insights often arrive as suddenly and unexpectedly as lightning. But that doesn't mean we wait around for them to strike.

Our Favorite Books of 2020

Our Favorite Books of 2020

The books listed here have helped us find a higher—and more hopeful—way of thinking during the pandemic. We know they can help you emerge from the mire of 2020 ready to lead your team into a better and brighter 2021.

Finding Profit and Purpose by Hiring a Workforce Others Overlooked

Finding Profit and Purpose by Hiring a Workforce Others Overlooked

As a Senior Vice President at Walgreens, Randy Lewis bet his career on a plan to hire 200 people with disabilities to staff a brand new distribution center. Lewis's plan worked, and it taught him powerful lessons about using business as a tool to help others succeed.

Hiring for Humility

Hiring for Humility

Tom Horton, former Chairman and CEO of American Airlines, explains how hiring for humility can help you create an ethical culture within your organization.

Is there an ethical upside to remote work?

Is there an ethical upside to remote work?

Leading a remote team presents major challenges. But leaders who use the opportunity to encourage employees to be more authentic could reap surprising ethical benefits.

How to Be Creatively Maladjusted

How to Be Creatively Maladjusted

This week, as we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., we consider what recent research on “ethical champions” can tell us about King’s call to become “creatively maladjusted” to the injustice around us.

Leadership Lessons From Tom Mendoza [Video]

Leadership Lessons From Tom Mendoza [Video]

Tom Mendoza helped build NetApp from a startup into to a Fortune 500 company. In this interview, he shares insights he has gleaned along the way about what it takes to create an ethical corporate culture and lead during good times and bad.

Four New Year's Resolutions for Ethical Leaders

Four New Year's Resolutions for Ethical Leaders

Well begun is half done,” the saying goes. It applies not only to doing a task well, but also to doing it ethically. Each new beginning offers a key inflection point. Approach it the right way and you position your team or organization to do the right thing when the going gets tough. (And the going will get tough.) Here are four practices you can begin today that will help you lead ethically and authentically throughout the coming year.

Are your ethics better than average?

Are your ethics better than average?

Many of us fall prey to the illusion that we're morally superior to others. But a healthy dose of humility can help us become better, kinder people.

Transform Your Critics Into Allies [Video]

Transform Your Critics Into Allies [Video]

In his career path from maritime lawyer to pharmaceuticals executive to CEO of the industrial manufacturer Magnetrol, John Heiser has observed leadership at its best and worst. In this series of videos, he shares key insights on how to make your business a force for good—not just for its employees, customers, and shareholders, but also for the broader communities in which it operates.

Inside the Mind of a Whistleblower

Inside the Mind of a Whistleblower

What is it like to blow the whistle on a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme? We asked Scott Noble to walk us through his experience as a whistleblower in a financial fraud case that led to the conviction and incarceration of his business associate, the owner of Samex Capital, Keenan Hauke. Scott stressed the importance of being proactive, finding moral clarity, and seeking allies to support your effort to do the right thing.