Tony Hayward is the Identified Patient

In psychology, the term "identified patient" refers to a family member โ€” often a child or a teenager โ€” who gets scapegoated for behavior that is actually just a predictable response to dealing with an unhealthy family. 

Tony Hayward is BP's identified patient. He did want his privileged, aris. . .

The Crash You Can Avoid

We live in a world that defines "more, bigger faster" as invariably better. 

It's an ethic that places the greatest value on companies that offer ever more products and services, and generate ever higher profits. It's an ethic that rewards and prizes people who work the longest hours, move at th. . .

Email Addicts Anonymous

Do you wake up in the morning and bring your laptop into bed with you, or check it before you brush your teeth? Do you check email while you're driving, even though you're four times as likely to have an accident when you do? Are you answering email on your iPhone or Blackberry when you walk betw. . .

Who Are You And What Do You Really Want?

Imagine you called someone you didn't know and reached an answering machine with this away message: "Who are you and what do you really want? Leave a message at the beep. " How would you respond? Would you have a ready answer? "Who are you?" as in "What do you stand for most deeply?" "What do . . .

The CEO is the Chief Energy Officer

Above all else, a leader is the chief energy officer. The most fundamental job of a leader is to recruit, mobilize, inspire, focus, direct, and regularly refuel the energy of those they lead. Energy, after all, is contagious โ€” especially so if you're a leader, by virtue of your disproportionate. . .