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Elect a Hairless Bear? Five Leadership Problems That Brought on the FIFA Disaster

Elect a Hairless Bear? Five Leadership Problems That Brought on the FIFA Disaster | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

With nine FIFA executives under arrest, the organization that manages the World Cup [is] a poster child for governance gone wrong.


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Sepp Blatter is ...expected to win re-election, ...though a hairless bear would do less damage as president.”  

~ by Satirist John Oliver. HBO's Last Week Tonight,  this segment received 10 million YouTube views

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A brief synopsis of the 5 leadership lessons:
   

1. A HISTORY OF ETHICAL LAPSES
A pair of World Cups—planned for Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022— have allegations of bribery tied to the bidding process for each event.
     

2. RESISTANCE TO TRANSPARENCY
On occasions when corruption charges were investigated, FIFA worked to avoid public reporting and chose not to release reports in their original forms.
       

3. DEEP CULTURAL PROBLEMS
In one example, Michael J. Garcia, a former U.S. attorney for New York’s Southern District, claimed that a colleague on the Ethics Committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert, had misrepresented his report in a summary Eckert wrote that effectively cleared the way for the World Cups in Qatar and Russia to proceed.

     

4. FAILURE TO CHANGE
Two outside organizations produced change reports in 2011 and 2012, offering dozens of suggestions as to how to FIFA could solve its governance problems. However, few of these ideas have been implemented. 

      

5. LACK OF PUBLIC SUPPORT
“The crazy thing is, Sepp Blatter is widely expected to win re-election, [and he did] even though a hairless bear would do less damage as president,” satirist John Oliver said on his HBO program, Last Week Tonight, in a segment that has received more than 10 million views on YouTube.

    

As with all ScoopIt articles, click on the title or photo to see the full, original article.


Related articles in this series of three:

 Can FIFA Be Fixed? Jean Frankel at Ideas for Action says YES.
   

Sepp Blatter steps down as president of FIFA. What's next for FIFA, the business?

    

4 Leadership Lessons from Horse-Guided Coaching (Reveln)



 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

The president of FIFA has now resigned, after running for reelection in spite of the negative press and widely reported problems that happened during his leadership.  Do these 5 leadership problems resonate with what you know to be true about FIFA?  

Is it time to elect the hairless bear?  (See item 5 in the synopsis.) ~  Deb

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Why the World Is Not Falling Apart - Evidence of Peace

Why the World Is Not Falling Apart - Evidence of Peace | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
An evidence-based mindset on the state of the world would bring many benefits. It would calibrate our national and international responses to the magnitude of the dangers that face us. It would limit the influence of terrorists, school shooters, decapitation cinematographers, and other violence impresarios.

    


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…To read significance into these clusters [ of violence...of the past year] is to succumb to primitive thinking...and cosmic conspiracies.


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News is about things that happen, not things that don’t happen. We never see a reporter saying to the camera, “Here we are, live from a country where a war has not broken out”—or a city that has not been bombed, or a school that has not been shot up.

      

…To read significance into these clusters [ of violence, “annexations, beheadings, [and] pestilence” of the past year] is to succumb to primitive thinking, a world of evil eyes and cosmic conspiracies.
    
…in most years bee stings, deer collisions, ignition of nightwear, and other mundane accidents kill more Americans than terrorist attacks. …
     
…The Great American Crime Decline of the 1990s, …resumed in 2006, and, defying the conventional wisdom that hard times lead to violence, proceeded right through the recession of 2008 and up to the present.
   
…the trend appears to be downward, from 7.1 homicides per 100,000 people in 2003 to 6.2 in 2012.


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…2013 saw the signing of six peace agreements, two more than in the previous year.



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…a heightened concern about violence against women is not futile moralizing but has brought about measurable progress—and that continuing this concern can lead to greater progress still.

…the number of interstate wars has plummeted since 1945, and the most destructive kind of war, in which great powers or developed states fight each other, has vanished altogether. (The last one was the Korean War).
  
…2013 saw the signing of six peace agreements, two more than in the previous year.


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[However]…The number of wars jumped from four in 2010...to seven in 2013.

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[However]…The number of wars jumped from four in 2010—the lowest total since the end of World War II—to seven in 2013. These wars were fought in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Sudan, and Syria. …The worldwide rate of battle deaths (available through 2013) has also risen since its low point in 2005, mostly because of the deaths in the Syrian civil war. …It has undone the progress of the last dozen years, but the rates of violence are still well below those of the 1990s, and nowhere near the levels of the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s.
    

…The world is not falling apart. The kinds of violence to which most people are vulnerable—homicide, rape, battering, child abuse—have been in steady decline in most of the world. Autocracy is giving way to democracy. Wars between states—by far the most destructive of all conflicts—are all but obsolete.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Many crime and war trend lines are declining, except for the number of wars, which have started to rise in certain countries including battle deaths in areas like Syria.

The quote about watching trendlines, not newslines, and memes with their emotionalism, is well taken to guide us in avoiding alarmist thinking, and planning wisely, as Steven Pinker relates from his experience as the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, and Andrew Mack, director of the Human Security Report Project at Simon Fraser University.  ~  D
 

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Jamie Dimon Comments on $100M investment in Detroit JPMorgan Chase

Jamie Dimon Comments on $100M investment in Detroit JPMorgan Chase | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Good news for Detroit.   What's the motivation?   Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, tells TODAY's Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview that his company's $100 Good investment in the city of Detroit isn't about public relations. 


"The cynic would be wrong," Dimon told Lauer when asked if the investment was in response to a $13 billion fine levied against the company in an exclusive interview.


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"I think we can make this our finest moment...if we can come together and help rebirth here." ~ Jamie Dimon, CEO

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"We invest and develop communities around the world. And we've been doing this since our heritage started 200 years ago," said Dimon. "So that's what banks do. They do it commercially. They do community development."


"I think we can make this our finest moment,'' he said. "Can Americans come together, business, labor, civics...government come together and build something and fix the city? You've seen rebirth of cities all over America. I think it would be an unbelievable thing if we can come together and help rebirth here."


...Lauer asked Dimon what he expects at the end of the investment's five-year period.     "Jobs and population,'' Dimon said. "If it works, you'll have a healthy and vibrant economy, jobs and population, businesses will beget home ownership, better schools, and a completely revived city." 


Read the full interview here.


More about investing in cities by Deb here:  

     

Detroit & Vegas – A Tale of Two Cities as Our Comeback Kids 

      

Future Midwest in Detroit, A Retrospective – Photo, Video Set

      

In Detroit, Entrepreneurs Meet Success in Hard Times

     

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

All breaths of fresh air are welcome, as, indeed, it could be great hope for the city to rise up to be a  "shining example, of what can be done," if it stimulates more investment, creates jobs and revival, once again.   

The cities are the heartbeat of our nation.  This is great news for Detroit.  ~  Deb

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Comcast’s deal with Netflix makes network neutrality obsolete

Comcast’s deal with Netflix makes network neutrality obsolete | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast to deliver traffic to Comcast subscribers.


...Recent developments are putting the Internet's decentralized architecture in danger.


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...policing whether different pipes are equally good is a much harder problem than requiring ...traffic in a single pipe be treated the same. 

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In recent months, the nation's largest residential Internet service providers have been demanding payment to deliver Netflix traffic to their own customers.

   

  • On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Netflix has agreed to the demands of the nation's largest broadband provider, Comcast. The change represents a fundamental shift in power in the Internet economy that threatens to undermine the competitive market structure that have served Internet users so well for the past two decades

    

...in a world where Netflix and Yahoo connect directly to residential ISPs, every Internet company will have its own separate pipe. And policing whether different pipes are equally good is a much harder problem than requiring that all of the traffic in a single pipe be treated the same. 


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

As Betty Davis famously said in the movie, All About Eve, "Hold on, it's going to be a bumpy night."  ~  D

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This is a game changer for anyone connected to digital, online media and TV, which is most of us.  It's also a great example of disruption in the market. ~ D

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Netflix CEO posts a growth Facebook status update, Social Media Power and Transparency

Netflix  CEO posts a growth Facebook status update, Social Media Power and Transparency | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

It’s quite telling that, after the SEC cleared CEO Reed Hastings’ Facebook post in April, the lede to the Wall Street Journal’s story read, “CEOs of the world, start tweeting.”


Instead of discussing the penalties Hastings could have faced or introducing more social media fears, WSJ’s angle essentially charged executives with a new job requirement: social media.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

CEO Hastings Facebook post, “monthly viewing exceeded 1 billion hours for the first time ever," was on the line for SEC violations.  

He dodged that bullet and in doing so, he may be ushering in mainstream social media  communication with customers, employees, and partners, and ....shareholders.  


It's the conversation, baby! ~  D

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Return of the Ford to Investment Grade, 3rd Investor Service Certifies: The Blue Oval is Back.

Return of the Ford to Investment Grade, 3rd Investor Service Certifies: The Blue Oval is Back. | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"A big milestone for Ford today, after mortgaging nearly all Ford assets and borrowing $23.5 billion from their banks, Moody’s Investor’s Service has lifted the Ford credit rating to investment grade."


The blue oval is back.


Change leaders take risks, sometimes very big ones.  Ford exemplified this by avoiding backruptcy and borrowing from the government.


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In 2006, Ford put it all on the line. We began the Ford turnaround plan by mortgaging nearly all of our assets and borrowed $23.5 billion from our banks – a “giant home improvement loan,” as Ford CEO Alan Mulally likes to call it.


This allowed us to pour that money into research and development so we could make world class cars that people want and value. You’re seeing the results of that success now with the global Fiesta and Focus, the all-new Ford Explorer, the fuel efficient and technologically capable new Ford Escape and the new 2013 Ford Fusion, due out later this year.


Along with our factories and equipment, one of the assets Ford mortgaged was our none other than our iconic logo – the blue oval. The blue oval has long been associated with Ford and as a brand logo, it’s recognized worldwide.


The script in the middle of the oval was taken from the original script created in 1912 and has been part of the Ford heritage for a century. And since Ford returned to profitability beginning in 2009, we have been paying down our debt against that loan.


But because Ford credit had been below investment grade since 2005, the banks would not return those assets to us including the blue oval – until at least three credit rating firms granted Ford investment grade status. Last month, Fitch’s was the second to restore Ford to that level.


Today, we received notice that Moody’s Investor’s Service has lifted the Ford credit rating to investment grade. The blue oval is back.

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Sepp Blatter steps down as president of FIFA. What's next for FIFA, the business?

Sepp Blatter steps down as president of FIFA. What's next for FIFA, the business? | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
He made the stunning announcement on Tuesday during a press conference.


Blatter has been under fire since last week, when indictments for 14 people, including members of the FIFA executive committee, were handed out by the U.S. Department of Justice for charges of racketeering, money laundering, and bribery.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Including the previous post on the need to step back and pivot FIFA into a new era, this provides fresh opportunity to fix what's been broken for a long time.  The challenge is great, the rewards could also be great if successful change happens at all levels. ~  Deb

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Germany Extends Free College Education To All Students In The U.S.

Germany Extends Free College Education To All Students In The U.S. | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

“[Tuition fees] discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study."

....[I]t was decided that from this year on, college education in the country will be free for all students. This week, as the last German state to abolish tuition fees makes its transition to free education, Germany announces that it is extending its gift of knowledge to students from the U.S. and around the world.

German universities do have a request for foreign students....a conversational fluency of German is a prerequisite for applicants coming from outside the country...[and it is] difficult...to learn the language. Fortunately, there are plenty of programs both in Germany and in the U.S. that offer courses on basic and advanced German.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Germany had free tuition before.  They experimented with allowing regions to charge tuition, and many opted to go back to the tuition free model. There are lessons to be explored here, perhaps from Americans who may choose learning German and study abroad.  

An alternative view has been published in Forbes:  ~  There is No Such Thing as a Free College Education, mentioning German culture and the taxes difference in Germany..  ~  Deb

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Not Many Women Are Rising to the Top. Women Executives Seize the Day to Change That.

Not Many Women Are Rising to the Top. Women Executives Seize the Day to Change That. | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

New research show how these top executives have taken charge of their careers.

     

It’s the responsibility of management to tackle gender diversity..[and]… evidence suggests that our leaders aren’t doing a very good job of it, at least not yet.


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[T]here’s no reason for an ambitious woman to sit on the sidelines and wait for her boss to get with the program. 

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Women still represent less than 5% of CEOs around the globe, and they remain seriously underrepresented in other top management positions and on executive boards.

     

[T]here’s no reason for an ambitious woman to sit on the sidelines and wait for her boss to get with the program.  … Lauren Ready concluded [this] from a study she did here at the International Consortium for Executive Development Research, in which she interviewed 60 top female executives from around the world to learn how they rose to the top.

   

For one, these executives take the time to explore what they want out of work and life [photo, chart.]

One byproduct…they pay special attention to how they might fit within a company’s culture.

    

This finding is consistent with research from Harvard professor Boris Groysberg, who’s found that while the performance of male stars falters when they switch companies, women continue to excel, in part because they’ve done their homework when it comes to fit.

   

The women in Ready’s study also understand the limits of fit. They aren’t “one of the guys” and they don’t try to be.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's still a man's world in the executive ranks, even in the college town where I live, the land of start-ups, women sparsely populate the fast growing, entrepreneurial executive ranks.  


It is also good to reach that the qualities listed in Ready's research among high-achieving women includes the urge to bring other women along with them.   It's a way ambitious women can "lean it" with a little help from her friends in high places, for the savvy reason that the executives "view [it] as a way to raise their companies’ market value, by boosting the presence of women in senior roles and in boardrooms."  


This brings hope that leadership will someday represent the world, rather than tradition and history in the leadership ranks.  ~  D 

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Michigan Today » RESULTS: The state of Entrepreneurship 2014

Michigan Today » RESULTS:  The state of Entrepreneurship 2014 | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Michigan venture capital vs. national venture capital

Growing entrepreneurship is a major goal of the state, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is seeing results.

Relative to the national landscape, from 2008-12, the Michigan venture capital community has demonstrated strong growth, while the national venture capital landscape has contracted over the same time period.

The MEDC offers millions in grants and loans to in-state ventures, often working through venture capital and private equity partners.



Paula Sorrell, managing director of entrepreneurship and innovation for the MEDC, sees a wide range of startups in the state, including medical devices, biotech, IT, and advanced materials.



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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This is great news for Michigan and SE Michigan in particular.  There is a way to help deal with the brain drain of talent leaving Michigan and entrepreneurs are an essential part of it.   
      
See photos from the recent ACE 2014 Entrepreneurs Collaborative here. 

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The fatal car crash that altered China's change of leadership

The fatal car crash that altered China's change of leadership | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

The infamous, and fake:  “Thank you. I'm well. Don't worry,” on a Chinese social networking site marked the beginning of the end during  leadership succession last month. ~ The Scotsman


This cautionary tales provides an anatomy of fractured succession in the high echelons of Chinese political leadership. ~ D


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...the crash had more momentous consequences, altering the course of ...once-in-a-decade leadership succession  

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The brief comment, published in June, appeared to come from Ling Gu, the 23-year-old son of a high-powered aide to China’s president.  Tt helped quash reports that he had been killed in a Ferrari crash after a night of partying.


However, later it came out the message was false, posted by someone under Mr Ling’s alias almost three months after his death.


The ploy was one of many that tried to suppress news of the Ferrari crash that killed Mr Ling. It is now clearer that the crash had more momentous consequences, altering the course of the Chinese Communist Party’s once-in-a-decade leadership succession last month.


China’s departing president, Hu Jintao,  suffered a massive reversal of his own when party elders – confronted him with allegations that Ling Jihua, his closest protégé and political fixer, had engineered the cover-up of his son’s death.


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Newsjacked! Komen without a communications strategy allows the public to define the dialog

Newsjacked! Komen without a communications strategy allows the public to define the dialog | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

It is a current, cautionary tale about social media timing.


Communication strategies are a part of change  Regardless of where you may stand on the issues, once thing is clear from the Beth Katner post cited here - define the conversation, or your public will do it for you..


The photo of PINK items on this post is being shared widely via Pinterest, Facebook an in other LARGE social media channels in protest to the Komen news about funding for breast cancer screening and Planned Parenthood.  


Current update: 

Planned Parenthood gains $650,000 in 24 hours, enough to replace the lost funding from the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation.  Source:  The Washington Post

From Beth's network, Kivi Leroux-Miller lays out a case study documenting the social media response and provided an analysis about why it happened. As Kivi says,


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“This is what happens when a leading nonprofit jumps into a highly controversial area of public debate without a communications strategy, stays silent, and therefore lets others take over the public dialogue, perhaps permanently redefining the organization and its brand."


Watch and learn, so you don’t make the same mistake on whatever hot button issues your organization might be wading into.


Kivi has also written about “newsjacking” the technique of piggy backing on a crisis to get more media attention.


Kivi's blog post, featuring her newsjacking timely example, was about a lack of response by the Komen organization to a viral / big news story.    Sorry, regardless of your personal views of this situation, the BIG cautionary tale here is that ignoring social media only makes the situation worse.  Here's Kivi's newsjacking Komen story, to wit:

  • I really didn’t think about the newsjacking potential of the post until I got into writing the commentary, and decided to really call out Komen for the lack of responsiveness to their supporters. 
  • I knew it would be a good lesson for my blog readers, but then mid-morning, Komen posted on Facebook (but still not on Twitter), and I found the response to be really lacking given the outrage.
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