A cornerstone of leadership development is the ability to find meaning and purpose amid challenges and setbacks, and yes, failure. There is little doubt that we are living in a period of upheaval that is posing enormous challenges for business and legal organizations. The relentless pace of change is the new normal. You hear words…

One need only open your newspaper or news app to read about countries – societies in formerly strong democratic nations – where the rule of law and democracy itself appear to be faltering.[1] Today, “the most common way for authoritarian regimes to emerge” in Western society “is by eating out democracy from within”.[2]  Advanced democratic…

The International Criminal Court represents the aspiration to live in a world where perpetrators of the gravest war crimes and atrocities are not immune from prosecution.[1] The International Criminal Court is a deterrent and an important judicial institution in the prosecution and prevention of atrocity and war crimes, lifting the shroud of impunity to “influence…

Police misconduct, discrimination and brutality is not isolated to one country, but impacts Western society from the U.S. to Europe, the UK to Australia, and Canada to New Zealand. It is an international tragedy that is anything but a recent phenomenon, rooted in generations of injustice, economic inequality, and systemic racism.[1] Across the Western world…

Covid-19 spread around the world, sending billions of people into lockdown and social distancing as health services and the economy have struggled to cope. The pandemic has hit and reshaped companies, industries, and national economies. Across Western society economic inequality has widened, living standards have declined, and the American Dream has continued to free-fall. Traditional…

The Rule of Law is one of the ideals of democracy and Western society.[1] Historically it has been the great equalizer, the guarantor of a common set of rules and equality, fairness and dignity for all. However, legal scholars and commentators have recognized that rising economic inequality can undermine a well-functioning democracy and the rule…

We live in complex times that – although comprised of some controllable and predictable elements – is largely uncontrollable, unpredictable and evolving (emergent).[1] Like many other professions, the legal profession is facing increasingly urgent and intensifying trends and challenges that it has not encountered before. Professions have long been seen as a path for success:…

How is it that at a time of unprecedented focus on leadership and corporate culture — by regulatory authorities, Boards, stakeholders, leadership and management consultants, and a virtual flood of books, articles, degree programs, and big-budget training efforts — stunning organizational and leadership failures continue to take place at the highest levels in both the…

The world appears to be fraying at the edges, with fundamental social, economic and political divides peppered with overheated and demeaning rhetoric, refusal to compromise, loss of trust, and partisanship all the time.[1]And such a disaffected and divided world is a significant threat to our society.[2] Addressing these issues is “an economic necessity”, as they…

We today “reap the benefits of public services built by previous generations” and corporate leaders “more willing to pay taxes”. But what will we be passing on to future generations?[1] Across Western society, “in the name of austerity, we put off investments critical to our future. We also put off the maintenance of our existing…