This blog is the first of a series of eight blogs I will write extracting ethics lessons from research and stories that are not at the start ethics-related. It is part of a deliberate effort at synthetic organizational thinking at SLAL, tying together cross-sector organizational matters to derive learning directly and indirectly relevant to ethics. The messages are gleaned from business, non-profit, and governmental organizations, and the ethics applies to all.
In a recent Harvard Business Review article entitled “Leadership Lessons from the Chilean Mining Rescue,” Harvard Business School professors Amy C. Edmondson and Herman B. Leonard, and doctoral candidate Faaiza Rashid, explore the leadership strategies and lessons from the extraordinary 2010 Chilean mining rescue. Their insightful analysis of the 69-day ordeal, involving 33 men trapped when more than 700,000 tons of rock caved in, offers many important leadership lessons. I cite their work to extend one of these lessons to ethics: the importance of iterative leadership as a model and message of the importance of iterative organizational ethics. Read more →