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Thanks, Donald – For The Gift That Keeps On Giving…

A prologue to this story:

A note of thanks to Donald for the gift that keeps on giving…

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Dear Donald,

I just wanted to drop you this brief note to thank you… Really!

For months now, your magical ideas have ignited our airwaves. And, for whatever reason, this reminded me of one of the most inspirational and iconic leaders ever to have graced our world. Whether or not you intended to remind me of him, it doesn’t really matter. Thanks anyway…  🙂

I do want you to know that I’m neither a liberal apparatchik nor a part of the lame-stream media. For example, I’m convinced you are neither Hitler nor Mussolini—nor are you a racist. There, I’ve said it. I hope you’ll now take my calls…

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Leadership And Those Beautifully Written Codes Of Ethics – And Cheating

They’re not a panacea…

I’m truly sorry to have to break the news to you, but those beautifully written Codes Of Ethics aren’t a panacea. No, sadly, they don’t cure all of our ethical ills. No, sadly, this isn’t even close…

To add insult to this injury I’ve just inflicted on you (for which I apologise), you should also know this about EVERY major corporate financial scandal in recent memory—

EACH had occurred UNDER THE UMBRELLA of a major corporation that had in place a QUITE BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED CODE OF ETHICS…

So, what does this say about beautifully crafted Codes of Ethics? Not much…

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Leadership and Ethics: Is Doing Business In Los Angeles Really That Different?

My two questions…

Firstly, do my 1979 answers about doing business in Los Angeles stand the test of time? And, secondly, is doing business in Los Angeles really any different from doing business where you happen to live?

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Some background…

It was mid-1979. After spending some brief time living, working and studying in London, Zurich, Paris and Montreal, I’d just arrived in Los Angeles. If you think this sounds mildly glamorous and interesting, I’m cool with that. The truth is sadly that it was neither…

Soon after I’d joined a fancy Century City law firm, an old English client called me. He was the leader of a large international business with offices all around the world. He said he was thinking of setting up an office here in Los Angeles and that he had a question or two for me. We met and I did my best to answer his questions…

 

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