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Speaking in Russia — a lesson in reaching across divides

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The CEO of the Russian branch of a major world bank asked me to speak to 40 of his top leaders. Back in 2016, with my book just released in Russian, I had worked with this same group, so perhaps it was a feeling of acceptance and familiarity that lured me into a blunt — and potentially risky — conversation about personal responsibility and values. From my soap box, I preached on the importance of ethical leadership—but also the role of an individual’s moral responsibility. Then, I noticed a row of stone-faced men. I asked, “Did I say something offensive?” A man across the room spoke out: “Yes.” You can read the rest of the story in my SmartBrief blog this month.

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