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Ed Cohen speaks on Critical Leadership Competencies on T+D Webcasts On Demand

June 29, 2010 11:56 by Victoria Devaux

Leadership development is critical in today's workforce. There is so much mistrust in our leaders, which makes leadership development programs critical to the success of organizations. This Critical Leadership Competencies webcast will highlight critical leadership competencies. Ed Cohen, co-author of ASTD's new title, Riding the Tiger, will talk about leading in difficult times and Dianna Booher will discuss leadership and communication. Cohen is also an author of a chapter in the upcoming ASTD Leadership Handbook. The webcast will be moderated by the handbook's editor, Elaine Biech.

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Investors Business Daily Feature's ASTD's "Tiger"

June 3, 2010 15:39 by Kristen Fyfe

Riding the Tiger, the newly released book from ASTD Press about how the learning team at Satyam helped guide the company through its Enron-like crisis, was featured in Investor's Business Daily. Read the story here.

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ASTD's Riding the Tiger makes MSNBC article!

May 17, 2010 14:35 by Victoria Devaux
Eve Tahmincioglu writes about Riding the Tiger in her article, Surviving Your Company's Mistakes. The section "Truth and lies" reads as follows:

Alas, sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between truth and lies.
In 2005, Ed Cohen left his job at Booz Allen Hamilton. His wife, Priscilla, left her consulting practice to take jobs in India with Satyam Computer Services, a top global IT outsourcing company.
Satyam’s Chairman and founder, Ramalinga Raju, “was the most generous person we had ever encountered,” said Cohen. “He would speak of ethics and integrity at every leadership training meeting.”
It turned out, Raju was actually cooking the company’s books. He was arrested in 2009.
“At the time the allegations came up, I thought it was a joke,” Cohen said.
Cohen, who was the chief learning officer responsible for talent management of Satyam’s 53,000 global workers at the time, said many of the employees, including himself, seemed to go through the stages of grief that people coping with death often face — betrayal, anger, depression, and eventually, acceptance.
The experience prompted Cohen and his wife to write a book about their experience titled, “Riding the Tiger: Leading Through Learning in Turbulent Times.”
“It was like we were in a war,” he said. “When you’re in war, your adrenaline is pumping, you’ve got to keep things going, but when it’s over the post-traumatic stress kicks in.”

Whole article here. 

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Once lost, can leaders rebuild trust? Article by Priscilla Nelson and Ed Cohen

May 7, 2010 15:03 by Victoria Devaux

BP, Toyota, Goldman Sachs, Satyam are just a few of the global organizations that have shaken the trust of their stakeholders...

WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER STRONG turbulence, you should revisit your core values and then adjust, communicate, and reinforce them. For most leaders, today’s turbulence stems from the global recession; but others may be dealing with rapid growth, mergers and acquisitions, reorganization, internal corruption, or other changes.

We invite you to review your core values and decide what to keep, what to change, and what to add, ensuring that each value is clearly articulated and the boundaries of behavior are well defined. We’ve identified 14 core values that are vital for all leaders:

1. Conviction: Conveys sincerity and confidence in beliefs and decisions; willing to make and stand by decisions.

2. Diversity: Values different perspectives; builds multifaceted, diverse teams; seeks to understand what drives and motivates individuals.

3. Entrepreneurship: Recognizes opportunities and organizes resources to maximize them.

4. Excellence: Strives for excellence, not perfection; recognizes that excellence may vary from country to country, depending on the local context.

5. Fairness: Makes decisions that are fair, consistent, and equitable.

6. Humility: Acts in the knowledge that you are no better or more important than others.

7. Integrity: Demonstrates honesty and makes ethical decisions.

8. Passion: Leads by example; shows high energy and enthusiasm.

9. Perseverance: Shows resolve in moving along the path, with a strong will and the drive to accomplish.

10. A positive attitude: Maintains a positive attitude; represents decisions and policies in a positive manner.


Authors of Riding the Tiger discuss trust in the workplace. Read more here.


 For more information on trust issues in leadership, consider attending the session Ethical Leadership: A Global Challenge? at the ASTD 2010 International Conference and Exposition.

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Airlines and Small Businesses Riding a Volcanic Tiger!

April 19, 2010 13:00 by Victoria Devaux

The eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano in Iceland, has grounded thousands of flights and caused economic distress for the entire airline industry. With some airlines reporting losses as much as $200 million a day, this adversity airlines are facing is expected to be worse than that caused by the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Additionally, many small businesses are taking financial hits as a result. Flower shops aren't getting their imported flowers in time or are paying premiums to get them from other vendors. Limo services that prosper on trips to and from the airport are losing over $1000 a day. 

These businesses are riding a tiger of their own and some don't even know it yet! Unexpected tragedies like these are what leaders like Ed Cohen and Priscilla Nelson mean to prepare you for in their book, Riding the Tiger: Leading through Learning in Turbulent Times. The role learning will have in helping to get through this turbulent time cannot be underestimated. Tragic circumstances don't owe anyone a warning. If you are currently riding this tiger, or if you aren't but now realize the value of being prepared to work through unexpected catastrophes, Riding the Tiger can help immensely. 

For more information on facing troubling times, consider attending the session Riding the Tiger: Leading Through Learning in Turbulent Times at the ASTD 2010 International Conference and Exposition.

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