The Tribal Ethic

One of my students recently sent me a link to a short series of video lectures by Stephen Pressfield (author of Gates of Fire, The Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign) in which he talks about tribalism and tribal behavior. In his video lectures (available here) Pressfield claims that ‘tribalism,’ not Islam is our enemy…

I am an American. What does that mean?

I recently was asked to lead a session for a group of SEALs in how to build relationships and work with civilians in other countries, which SEALs are increasingly required to do in their operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. In the current War, the line between civilian and military activities has blurred, as has…

Ground Hog Day

The other night I watched again, for the umpteenth time, one of my favorite movies, Ground Hog Day, which, as you surely know, stars Bill Murray. The 1993 movie, tells a quasi-science fiction story about a local news weather-jerk Phil Connors, who finds himself reliving the 2nd of February in that year of 198X, over…

Scent of a Woman

During the Foundations of Ethical Leadership course I co-teach with Prof George Reed, he likes to show a cut from the movie Scent of a Woman – a movie in which Al Pacino plays Frank Slade a retired Army LTC who has gone blind. In the cut George shows our students, LTC Slade stands up…

TOP 10 Business Books

We’re trying to compile a list of the top 10 books that business people can comfortably assume that most business people have either read, or are familiar with, or at least have heard of. These should be books that one can comfortably refer to in business groups without getting the blank stare. This should be…

Welcome to Bob’s Corner

1 Sep I’m reading a great book entitled Questions of Character – Illuminating the Heart of Leadership through Literature, by Joe Badaracco, Professor of Business Ethics at HBS. The book is based on a course he teaches entitled “The Moral Leader.” A couple of the pieces of literature and cases he discusses in the book…