We have all been saddened by the horrific events of the Penn State child abuse case. Louis Freehs recently released report is as startling as it is sickening. The day after it was released, I did a blog post about it (Leaderships Highest Calling, 7/13/12, blog.reliableinsights.com).
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 States Culture of Reverence Led to Total Disregard for Childrens 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 Wolvertons very insightful statement about how Penn States leadership lost its way. To me, it strikes at the core of the organizations leadership failure:
The findings of the 267-page report could be seen as evidence of a changing university climate in which the corporate brandand a blind faith in big-time athleticsis often seen as more important than the educational mission.
Well said, Mr. Wolverton! Anytime an organizations 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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