In Search of Ethics: Conversations with Men and Women of Character

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9780970844408: In Search of Ethics: Conversations with Men and Women of Character

American society seems to be in a constant state of recovery from a series of attacks on our social and economic morals and ethics. From the never-ending embarassment of the Clinton sex scandals to the fall of such personalities as Martha Stewart, it seems that there is a new challenge to character every day. Pick up a newspaper or listen to the evening news and you'll find something to stimulate discussion at the dinner table or around the boardroom table. Our educational system seems to be in disrepair and in need of bolstering. Lying, cheating, fraud, and deception seem to be growing exponentially in all parts of American life. Parents -- even the best and most committed -- find themselves confronted by forces outside the home that threaten the fiber that holds families together. As a nation we seem to have positions and points of view that are measurable and appear to reflect cohesiveness on many issues. However, ours is a society that has wrapped itself tightly in the shroud of political correctness -- sometimes so tightly that we appear to speak out of both sides our mouths. In the pst decade our actions surely have spoken louder than our words. This stimulating and inspirational book points out the quicksand that we all walk upon daily and illustrates his message with interviews and commentaries with some fascinating people who had to look moral and ethical challenges in the face and decide for themselves how they were going to handle their own "Ethics Gate." Each person interviewed represents all that is great and outstanding about the United States and Canada. While they come from divergent walks of life, they are -- each and every oone -- role models for each of us. Read inspiring interviews with Mike Krzyzewski (championship basketball coach, Duke University), Sue Myrick (U.S. House of Representatives), John Naber (U.S. Olympian), and CEOs, educators, religious and military leaders, volunteers, and ordinary citizens leading ethical lives. Added to this new edition are interviews with Charles Krulak, Vice Chairman of MBNA America Bank and Nancy Olivieri, MD, a Canadian physician who refused to turn a deaf ear on life-threatening drug testing on children and stood up for morality. It isn't always easy to make the right decison and take the right course. All of us can use a push in the right direction from time to time. The interviews and commentary in this book just might serve as an important step in finding and taking the positive direction.

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Born and reared in Reading, PA, Len is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (CL '57). After successful military assignments with troops in NATO and Vietnam he returned to academia to earn an MBA and PhD in Finance. He was able to apply this education to challenging assignments with Defense Department Acquisition Projects. After 22 years of active service he retired at the rank of Colonel and began a new career in private industry with International Paper Company as their Director of Capital Projects. In this capacity Len was responsible for the successful implementation of a six billion dollar investment program. As a result, he was selected to be the company's chief finanacial spokesperson to Wall Street and the world's other financial centers. In this role he spearheaded the development of a successful international investor relations program.

In May 1990 after years of working and living in many parts of the world, Len returned to Reading, Pennsylvania where he saw an opportunity to share his education and experience with his community. Today, he is a founding partner in the Spring Ridge Financial Group and host of a weekly radio program focused on financial issues.

Len is also the founder and president of the Center for Leadership and Ethics, Ltd. His vision is to heighten public commitment to the principle that true success is based on trust - emanating from ethics and character. He is the author of: In Search of Ethics, Conversations with Men and Women of Character. Len is married and has three grown daughters and many wonderful grandchildren.

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"This is a remarkable book. It plumbs the depths of the human mind and soul..." -- Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, Author of the best seller, When Bad Things Happen to Good People

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