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Rules + Regs Won't Control Behavior. It's Inspiration + Influence. i still can't get Thomas Friedman's last piece in the New York Times out of my head. here's where i'm stuck - Friedman quoting Dov Seidman: “There is nothing more powerful than inspirational leadership that unleashes principled behavior for a great cause,” said Dov Seidman, the C.E.O. of LRN, which helps companies build ethical cultures, and the author of the book “How.” What makes a company or a government “sustainable,” he added, is not when it adds more coercive rules and regulations to control behaviors. “It is when its employees or citizens are propelled by values and principles to do the right things, no matter how difficult the situation,” said Seidman. “Laws tell you what you can do. Values inspire in you what you should do. It’s a leader’s job to inspire in us those values.” Right now we have an absence of inspirational leadership. From business we hear about institutions too big to fail — no matter how reckless. From bankers we hear about contracts too sacred to break — no matter how inappropriate. And from our immature elected officials we hear about how it was all “the other guy’s fault.” doesn't that make you pause? laws tell you want you can do - but values inspire in you what you should do. now that's quite a statement - and it fits so very nicely into my attitude towards government and law... and really, it's why i have issue with proposed legislation like the Employee Free Choice Act, or...

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