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Dov Seidman
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

Is Big Data Killing The Humanity In Our Companies?

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 5:14 PM

This article was originally published in Forbes.

Unless you've been cryogenically frozen for the last 16 years, you've probably noticed how radically our world has been reshaped by ever-expanding technology. Perhaps no part of our world, however, has embraced this shift as fully as business.

In many respects,...

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Don't Engage, Elevate

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 5:19 PM

This article was originally published in Forbes.

A few weeks ago, I was speaking to a group of senior leaders at a global bank and asked the room a simple question:

"What behaviors do you want to see more of from your employees? What would help you win...

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The Gift of Pause

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 9:05 AM

Sometimes the best gifts in life come to us in unusual ways. So it was with my dear friend Mats Lederhausen's recent birthday. Aptly named a "former wunderkind" by, Mats was turning fifty, and as a celebratory gesture of this milestone, he and his wife Jessica decided to...

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Meditation Can Improve Your Life and Work, But You Have to Do It Like You Mean It

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 5:51 PM

This article was originally published in Quartz

As those of us in the Northern hemisphere settle into the autumn, I'm mindful of persistent advice from business gurus telling me that I should be practicing mindfulness, but I'm even more mindful that mindfulness has become one of the most...

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What George Washington Can Teach Washington in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2015 | 9:44 AM

This article was originally published in Forbes.

With the 2016 Election season underway, the swirl of candidates and campaigns is drawing us into a discussion. Behind the talking points and slogans, what's on display is not just leaders or leadership styles, but underlying worldviews.

A worldview is...

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Surviving and Thriving in the Human Economy

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:39 AM

This article was originally published in Forbes.

15 years ago, when 40 companies formed the Global Compact at the United Nations, they laid out the principles for a more inclusive and sustainable world. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called for a "global compact of shared values and principles,...

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Want to Do Big Things? Make Yourself Small

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 10:05 AM

This article was originally published in Forbes.

How do you define a leader?

It's a question I've been asking myself for years now and one I try to ask the CEOs, business owners and managers I come into contact with. (Notice I didn't say leaders I come in...

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Our Employer-Employee Marriages Need Counseling

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 11:07 AM

This article was originally published in Forbes.

The monthly jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reads like a national marriage scorecard. There are tallies of courtships ("job openings"), marital unions ("hires") and a variety of divorces ("total separations," "quits," "layoffs" and "discharges")....

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#GivingTuesday Movement: A Metaphor for 21st Century Power

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Two years ago, I wrote about #GivingTuesday when it first launched, calling it the "kind of wave that will launch and sustain us on a new journey." Created as a response to "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday," #GivingTuesday was spearheaded by the 92nd Street Y in partnership with...

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How Human Is Your Company? (Quiz)

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 9:38 AM

"There is a difference between doing the next thing right, and doing the next right thing."

-- Peter F. Drucker

Online quizzes have suddenly become a "cheap -- if vexing -- form of modern self-analysis," according to The Wall Street Journal. In a recent 24-hour period, 97 million...

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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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