My late mother was a tremendous fan of a popular TV series, Perry Mason, featuring a legendary lawyer and his trusted private detective known for solving difficult criminal cases.
Gregg Steinhafel – chairman, CEO and president of Target Corporation – illustrated this theme during his keynote address at the 14th Annual Minnesota Business Ethics Award (MBEA). A packed house listened intently as Steinhafel described how Target uses a deliberate approach with continuous discipline linked to the echoes of the character of the founders to grow a culture that is “fast, fun and friendly.”
That’s the message Klaus Leisinger, chairman of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainability in Basel, Switzerland, gave to an audience of business, NGO, faculty and student participants during a public forum in honor of CEBC’s 35th anniversary.
In his new book, Leadership and the Art of Struggle, Steven Snyder carefully describes “how great leaders grow through challenge and adversity.” Snyder, an executive fellow in Leadership at the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business, provides keen insights on leadership based on his own experiences as an early leader at Microsoft working closely with Bill Gates, as a CEO of a public company and insights from 151 examples of leaders in struggle.
In his new book, The Pause Principle, Kevin Cashman, noted author, senior partner of Korn Ferry International and CEBC board member, describes the time to pause as important to leadership and innovation as sleep is to the mind and body. Pause gives us the capability to move forward with greater clarity, momentum and impact, reframing how we see ourselves, our relationships, our organizations and mission within a larger context.
It’s been four years since a series of events triggered the collapses in the financial services industry and the Great Recession. What lessons did we learn and how does this knowledge inform how we think about the future?
Can a company be profitable and a good corporate citizen? General Mills is writing a chapter in this story, having recently been recognized by Forbes Magazine as the “Most Reputable Company in America” for its work in corporate citizenship, products and services, governance and leadership. General Mills’ chairman and CEO, Ken Powell, described just how as he keynoted a recent CEBC public forum: The Evolution of Corporate Responsibility in American Business.
This year is a special one for the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC). Between November 1977 and March 1978, key leaders came together at Spring Hill to create the Minnesota Project on Corporate Responsibility. Thirty-five years later, we are proud to celebrate the anniversary of this historical decision and take time to reflect on the aspirations of its founders. Those founding members of the center have been succeeded over the years by companies that have provided leadership in supporting our work.
Delivering the keynote address at the 13th Annual Minnesota Business Ethics Awards Luncheon, John Taft, chief executive officer of RBC Wealth Management – U.S., addressed the pressing need for restoring hope in Wall Street. Taft candidly stated that “the Wall Street culture is broken and needs to be fixed.”
How does one of America’s most iconic brands answer the challenges of corporate responsibility and sustainability in its supply chain? Andy McCormick, vice president of public affairs for the Hershey Company in Pennsylvania, spoke to a sold-out audience in a public forum sponsored by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.
The financial services industry is facing major headwinds in the form of legislative and regulatory reforms, litigation, a slowly recovering economy and the need to rebuild consumer trust. Despite these headwinds, Wells Fargo has been redefining its responsibility beyond the bottom line. Jon Campbell, executive vice president and director of Social Responsibility Group at Wells Fargo and Company, shared insights as he delivered the closing keynote address at the Building and Benefitting from an Ethical Organizational Culture Conference held at the University of St. Thomas.
Many articles and books have been written about leadership, though few have explored the leader’s role in creating and sustaining an ethical business culture. Mary Brainerd, president and CEO of HealthPartners, ventured into this territory as she delivered the opening keynote address at the Building and Benefitting from an Ethical Organizational Culture conference held at the University of St. Thomas.
Mike Frommelt, principal and co-founder of KeyStone Search, joined CEBC members and friends as a conversation starter in the second of a seven-part series, Beyond Compliance – Strategies and Practices for Sustaining an Ethical Culture. KeyStone is a retained search firm that emphasizes cultural fit when filling executive positions.
That’s the message Nancy Feldman, president and CEO of UCare gave to the commissioner of Human Services for the State of Minnesota as her organization returned profits (surplus gains for a nonprofit) to the state. Speaking to a packed house at the 12th Annual Minnesota Business Ethics Awards co-sponsored by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures, Feldman provided insights into her organization’s ethical culture, an ethical dilemma UCare faced and the resulting aftermath following its decision to return $30 million of gains to the State of Minnesota.
Three veteran business executives – Marc Belton, executive vice president of Global Strategy, Growth and Marketing Innovation at General Mills; Marti Morfitt, – president and CEO of Airborne Inc.; and Kevin Rhein, executive vice president and group head of Card Services and Consumer Lending at Wells Fargo – captivated a packed Schulze Auditorium by sharing ethical leadership lessons learned over their lives. More than 300 hundred students from 13 graduate and undergraduate spring business ethics classes in the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas convened for the Spring Ethical Leadership Forum moderated by CEBC’s Ron James.