We have all been saddened by the horrific events of the Penn State child abuse case.  Louis Freeh’s recently released report is as startling as it is sickening.  The day after it was released, I did a blog post about it (Leadership’s Highest Calling, 7/13/12,

Recently, an outstanding analysis piece from The Chronicle of Higher Education caught my eye.  It was written by Brad Wolverton with contributions from Timothy Sandoval and Jack Stipling (“Penn State’s Culture of Reverence Led to ‘Total Disregard’ for Children’s Safety” 7/12/12).

I genuinely appreciate all that was in that article and I highly recommend it.  Just one quote I want to share is Wolverton’s very insightful statement about how Penn State’s leadership lost its way.  To me, it strikes at the core of the organization’s leadership failure:

“The findings of the 267-page report could be seen as evidence of a changing university climate in which the corporate brand–and a blind faith in big-time athletics–is often seen as more important than the educational mission.”

Well said, Mr. Wolverton!  Anytime an organization’s leadership lowers its commitment to its mission and deviates from a high ethical standard, the doors fling open to all manner of unsavory activities.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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