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Dov Seidman is the author of HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything published by Wiley & Sons in an Expanded Edition in September 2011 with a Foreword by President Bill Clinton and a new preface.

Dov's professional career has focused on how companies and their people can operate in both a principled and profitable way.

He is the founder and CEO of LRN. Since 1994, LRN has helped hundreds of companies simultaneously navigate complex legal and regulatory environments and foster ethical cultures.

In 2008, LRN acquired environmental innovation firm Green Order. Today, LRN operates globally and reaches, works with, and helps shape winning organizational cultures inspired by sustainable values in hundreds of companies with over 20 million people working in more than 100 countries around the world.

Fortune Magazine called Dov the "hottest advisor on the corporate virtue circuit" and he was also named one of the "Top 60 Global Thinkers of the Last Decade" by the Economic Times.

Dov became the exclusive corporate sponsor of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics in 2008. He is a Harvard Law School graduate who also earned a bachelor's and master's degree in moral philosophy from UCLA and a BA with honors in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University.

Entries by Dov Seidman

What Kind of Leaders Do We Need Now? Elie Wiesel's Answer

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 1:02 AM

It's always a good time to ask what kind of leadership we need because the world is constantly changing. But the world is not only changing. It's being dramatically reshaped, making us ask the question not just with more urgency but through a different lens.

I met with five students...

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Ich Bin Ein Cavalier: What We Can Learn From LeBron, German Soccer and the Spurs

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 7:00 AM

This article was originally posted in Forbes.

I want to congratulate LeBron James, Germany and the San Antonio Spurs on their recent wins -- before they fade from our minds -- and for demonstrating to the world, and each other, how inspirational leadership works and what it takes...

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Capitalism for Everyone or No One

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 11:02 AM

This article was originally published in Forbes.

Today, I will be joining a group of business and nonprofit leaders, media strategists, and policy makers at a Conference on Inclusive Capitalism admirably catalyzed and guided by Lady de Rothschild. The Inclusive Capitalism movement is one of a...

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Army's Basic Training Is No Longer Basic: Lessons for Business

(2) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 4:08 PM

"I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be 'Sir.' Do you maggots understand that?" With that line from Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket actor R. Lee...

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It's Time to Put Freedom Back Into Free Enterprise

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 1:05 PM

The freedom train has left the station, my friends. If you're a business leader, you better track that train down, leap aboard and learn how to conduct the right type of freedom throughout your business ecosystem. If you don't, your company and your career may soon hurtle off the rails....

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Seeking Better Returns: Staying True to 'Corporate Character' Means Realizing That Trust Is Not Transactional

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 10:28 AM

We are moving deeper into an era when consumers have unprecedented visibility into shop floors and board rooms, and that gives new relevance to a time-honored truth: Trust is not transactional.

Because stakeholders can experience and judge goods and services as never before -- and then instantly share those...

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A Baseball Lesson in Building Culture and Managing Talent

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 3:08 PM

In our era of "Moneyball," quant jocks, and $100 million-plus payrolls, the story of how one baseball team found a more enduring competitive advantage offers a valuable playbook for Little League coaches, corporate chief executive officers, and leaders of all organizations.

Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks,...

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Netflix, the Sequel: From Customer Revolt to Emmy Breakthrough

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 6:11 PM

Netflix is the toast of the town, and they rightly deserve to be congratulated not only for bringing joy to their nearly 30 million subscribers, but for impressing stalwarts from both the Street and the Valley.

When they first launched in 1997 -- pre-Google! -- the company innovated a video-rental...

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Today It's Zynga, Tomorrow It's You: Why 'Cool' Isn't Enough

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Online gaming company Zynga has been in the news a lot lately, but most of this reporting and analysis neglects a fundamental point: Now that it has rebooted its leadership, its success hinges not on how it executes business, but how it integrates culture. Zynga's journey presents a rich reminder...

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Are You a Social Media Narcissist? Good and Bad Ways to Love Yourself Online

(6) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 1:01 PM

For millions of people, a social media bubble inflates every day, as their key indicators--likes! endorsements! Klout scores! clickthroughs!--soar.

Unfortunately, these misguided measures exert great and growing influence on how we manage our lives and businesses while reflecting our social media misuse. If we don't pop our virtual personal bubbles,...

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Born or Made? Wrong Question. Relevant Leaders Are Increasingly Self-Made

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 1:50 PM

5 steps toward becoming a self-made leader

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." - William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Remember those 20th Century debates we had about whether leaders were born or made?

Today, they seem sort of...

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10 Practical Pointers for Capitalists From 10 Moral Philosophers

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 11:04 AM

I wasn't surprised when the World Economic Forum (WEF) posed the following question on Twitter:

@Davos: "How can we make capitalism more moral?"

After all, WEF itself has become "more moral" over time. The annual WEF gathering in Davos was historically about bringing business and political leaders together to...

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A Tale of Two Tuesdays: This Election Tuesday, I Look Forward to Another Tuesday

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 12:35 PM

This Election Tuesday, I celebrate our American tradition of exercising the right to vote. While there will certainly be a lot of talk about voter turnout and exit polls, today's true significance is that Americans will be acting in good faith, as they always do as citizens. Each of us,...

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Throw Out Your Plans for 2013: Business Is a Journey

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 1:59 PM

Budget season is upon us. As companies start mapping out plans and projections for 2013 and beyond, it's time to step back and ask: Can we really, seriously, engineer a five-year path of linear growth?

We shouldn't even have to ask. Cycles don't move in 10 years, five years, or...

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(Almost) Everything We Think About Employee Engagement Is Wrong

(4) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 2:39 PM

For years, the business world's approach to managing employee engagement has been out to lunch.

"Out to lunch" as when executives tell managers to get their employees "more engaged" by taking them to out to Olive Garden more often.

Survey statistics drive home our engagement ignorance. For years, employee engagement...

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The Top 10 Ways to Become Truly Social

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 3:03 PM

I'm concerned that the social transformation we keep hearing about has a couple of glitches. First, our collective understanding of what it means to be a social enterprise needs to be re-defined. What does it mean to be social? The second issue is that if we continue to act in...

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Beyond the Best Buy Outcry

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 3:00 PM

A debate about Best Buy's behavior, and the retail giant's very existence erupted in the blogosphere this month. Although the issue qualified as "big" -- the electronics giant's future as well as the competitive threat Amazon poses to traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers -- I believe these deliberations were so heated because...

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Measuring How We Do Business

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 10:29 AM

The business world is heading for a Moneyball moment.

As a book and on film, Moneyball conveys how Oakland Athletics (A's) General Manager (GM) Billy Beane revolutionized baseball by stepping back and asking two fundamental questions: What truly matters to the endeavor of baseball, and how can we measure what...

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Rethinking Occupy Wall Street

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 10:14 PM

"There are times I wonder, 'Will I be the next Mubarak?'"
This question was posed to me not by a despotic ruler in the Middle East but by the highly-respected CEO of a multinational company who was worried about the prospect of his employees or consumers organizing against...

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Humanity Is Job #1

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 6:04 PM

As we continue to frequently lurch from one crisis to another, forging a sustainable path forward requires business leaders to rethink the very nature of how their organizations conduct business. The "New Normal" -- defined by hyper-transparency, hyper-connectivity, and ever-deepening interdependencies -- demands new governance structures, organization models and leadership...

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