Executive Failure -- How Power Corrupts Good People

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Dr. Andre Delbecq, the J. Thomas and Kathleen McCarthy University Professor of Organizational Analysis and Management at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, will be the featured speaker at the [email protected] breakfast event on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville, CA 94526. Dr. Delbecq will discuss leadership spirituality and will illustrate how, through the application of spiritual discipline, leaders maintain the right use of their gifts. A full buffet breakfast is served starting at 7:00 am (Mass is offered at 6:30am at the same location.)

[email protected], (http://[email protected]), today announced that international speaker and noted author, Dr. Andre Delbecq, the J. Thomas and Kathleen McCarthy University Professor of Organizational Analysis and Management at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, will be the featured speaker at the breakfast event on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville, CA 94526. Dr. Delbecq will discuss leadership spirituality. Drawing upon the teachings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits Order, Dr. Delbecq will illustrate how leaders maintain the right use of their gifts through the application of spiritual discipline, even in their uniquely challenging business surroundings. A full buffet breakfast is served starting at 7:00 am (Mass is offered at 6:30am at the same location.) Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To register visit http://www.catholicsatwork.org/EventDesc.aspx.

People are shaped by their environment, and executive leaders are asked to function on a day-to-day basis in settings that can distort the use of the very gifts that enable their rise to positions of power. The behavioral affect of power has been well documented in situational psychology, and characterized by the familiar adage "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely". According to Delbecq, through spiritual discipline, leaders may avoid the subtle distortions their environment may have on the use of their God-given gifts.

The failings of notable executives like Kenneth Lay, the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Enron, or Dennis Kozlowski, former CEO of Tyco International are documented examples of where men who rose to the highest level of executive leadership through the application of their gifts were then distorted by power, and resulted in their downfall.    

"There are inherent temptations with any calling that have the potential to distort the same gifts that are our strengths," said Dr. Andre Delbecq the J. Thomas and Kathleen McCarthy University Professor of Organizational Analysis and Management at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. "Spiritual discipline will provide the foundation to resist these temptations."

"Dr. Delbecq's topic touches the very core of [email protected] reason for being, 'living our values in the workplace'," said Alison Yount, president of [email protected] "Everyone who experiences Dr. Delbecq's breakfast presentation will take away practical and effective advice for doing the same."

In addition to Dr. Delbecq's role as the J. Thomas and Kathleen McCarthy University Professor of Organizational Analysis and Management, he is the Director of the Institute for the Spirituality of Organizational Leadership, created by the Leavey School of Business, to explore issues of spirituality within the context of organizations. Dr. Delbecq's scholarship has focused on three topics: management of innovation, CEO and Board of Director behaviors and leadership spirituality.

About [email protected]
[email protected] is committed to fostering fellowship and connectivity among Catholics facing the realities of life in today's workplace environment. The monthly breakfast gatherings are a unique opportunity for Catholics to:

  •     grow in their understanding of the Catholic faith,
  •     be encouraged to apply the principals of their faith in the everyday workplace,
  •     and, to network with other Catholic business professionals.

The breakfast series is held at Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville, California, on the second Tuesday of the month nine times per year (February-June, September-December). The event starts with a buffet breakfast followed by a speaker or panel discussion and runs from 7:00-8:30am. The event offers a great way to network with people who look for purpose and leadership in their lives. There is time prior to the beginning of each speaker's presentation to interact with other attendees, to share faith, and business and personal information. Mass is offered at 6:30am for those who wish to attend before breakfast at the same location. Managed by Catholic business professionals, [email protected] breakfast events are open to all, regardless of faith or occupation, who want to explore the issues of actively living one's beliefs in the workplace.

For more information visit http://www.catholicsatwork.org or call +1 925-389-0704.

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