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Shayne Hughes
As President and Lead Culture Change Partner at Learning as Leadership, Shayne Hughes creates cultures of open communication and collaboration that lead to substantial improvements in organizational and personal performance. Clients include Encore Capital, Fairchild Semiconductor, NASA, Sandia National Laboratories and Shell Oil. He has taught leadership at the University of California Haas School of Business, the University of Michigan’s Executive MBA Program and the Darden School of Business. His work has also appeared in Harvard’s Du Bois Review,, NPR, Psychology Today and Diversity Executive Magazine.

Entries by Shayne Hughes

Don't you dare call me privileged

(306) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 4:45 PM

"White privilege" is a term guaranteed to set off a white male like me.

I grew up poor with a single mom. I moved to one side of the country and back; as the new kid, I was a frequent target of bullies. I had an abusive relationship with...

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In Returning to the Cavaliers, LeBron James Exemplifies Two Rare Leadership Qualities

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 5:36 PM

When LeBron James left Cleveland four years ago, he was lambasted for being selfish and out for his own glory. When he and the Miami Heat lost the NBA finals the next year, he was called a choker. When he opted out of his contract in Miami last month, the...

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Why an In-depth 360 Degree Feedback Is Crucial for Your Development

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 7:04 PM

As an executive for a large government contractor, Kevin was known for his ability to make things happen. Sure, there was collateral damage - a few bodies left behind - but that was business. When he was sent in to turn around a struggling arm of his company, no one...

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The $90 Million Mindset: An Offshoring Success Story

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 3:37 PM

In the mid-2000s, almost every major player in the debt collection industry pursued a similar offshore strategy: set up low-cost call centers in India or the Philippines to increase profit margins. The strategy was largely neutral to negative for most firms: costs were lower but so was productivity.


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What Does My Childhood Have to Do With My Leadership?

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 5:23 PM

"That's just the way he is."

How many times have you heard or uttered that phrase?

John is a risk-averse CFO, unwilling to make a decision without all the facts. Linda, in operations, is conflict-averse; everyone knows she won't address personnel problems or speak up in meetings. Only God knows...

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A Broken Collarbone on the Path to Inner Peace

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 7:07 PM

The clang of my bike skittering into the bushes blended with the thud-crunch! of my body hitting hard-packed dirt at high velocity.

I stumbled to my feet in shock, trying to figure out how badly I was hurt.

"What were you thinking?!" my mountain biking buddy yelled at me from...

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Vulnerability: The Counterintuitive Antidote to Anger

(9) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 11:41 AM

There it was, out of my mouth before I knew I felt it.

The morning routine had been rolling along fine until I brought up yesterday's lost lunch box -- yet another! -- and my son complained with a whine that he didn't know where it was. With the speed...

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Ego Climate: Human Dysfunction Is Holding Up Sustainability

(6) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 7:21 PM

I recently attended the Wall Street Journal's ECO:nomics conference on the environment and business, and I left unexpectedly inspired.

The amount of innovation and creativity in the marketplace is astounding:

  • We can grow 170 kinds of leafy greens "aeroponically" in 16 days, in a 3'x4' box...
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Generating Self-Discipline Without Willpower

(7) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 1:44 AM

Can't get yourself to exercise regularly? Or not eat that greasy food that is so bad it's good? Procrastinating on seeing the doctor about something that's been bothering you? Need to have a difficult conversation with a family member, but keep putting it off?

Many of my clients, even those...

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