Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Library

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Ethics and the Conduct of Business:  Ethics and the Conduct of Business, Fifth Edition, frames each issue and examines the arguments on each side with rigor and clarity. Numerous short cases and real-life examples increase understanding and stimulate classroom discussion. The revised and updated Fifth Edition retains the familiar structure of previous editions, although the material on ethical theory, formerly in three chapters, has been reorganized and reduced to two chapters. Of the forty-five cases in the book, eight are new. The chapter on marketing has been extensively rewritten.

Mother Theodore GuerinThe Journals and Letters of Mother Theodore Guerin takes us back more than one hundred years to an era of our history that is rapidly being forgotten in the excitement and eventful happenings of the present day. Through its graphic portrayal the life of Religious in pioneer days, not only in Indiana, but also of the Midwest, comes to life with clarity and vigor.

Madness in the MakingA fascinating history of the unexpected intersection of science, technology and show business."--John Steele Gordon, author of Hamilton's Blessing "Once upon a time, American know-how flourished through show-how: spectacular demonstrations by ever resourceful technological entrepreneurs. David Lindsay brings back these glorious (and sometimes infamous) theatricals in a delightful, witty, narrative with a serious point: the American inventor, now relegated to endless rehearsals, needs to resume a rightful place on the national center stage. For admirers and critics of technology and for veteran and inspiring inventors, Madness in the Making will give pleasure and inspire debate. 

Tribal Leadership:  Every organization is composed of tribes—naturally occurring groups of between 20 and 150 people. Until now, only a few leaders could identify and develop their tribes, and those rare individuals were rewarded with loyalty, productivity, and industry-changing innovation. Tribal Leadership shows leaders how to assess, identify, and upgrade their tribes' cultures, one stage at a time. The result is an organization that can thrive in any economy.


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Cases in Accounting Ethics and ProfessionalismThis casebook supplement integrates ethical issues into the accounting curriculum by using 20 case studies of actual situations encountered by accounting courses. An instructor's manual suggests where and how to integrate.

Barbarians to BureacratsBarbarians to Bureaucrats presents a brilliant new solution to a stubborn old business problem: how to halt a company's descent into wasteful, stifling bureaucracy. Lawrence M. Miller, a management consultant for such corporate giants as Xerox and 3M, argues that corporations, like civilizations, have a natural life cycle, and that by identifying the stage your company is in, and the leaders associated with it, you can avert decline and continue to thrive.

The Pope & The CEOAndreas Widmer gives a behind-the-scenes look into Pope John Paul II, the most authentically human person I've ever met, and reveals how those memories shaped and forged his success as a corporate executive. In what papal biographer George Weigel calls a powerful example of leadership at work, Widmer recounts his personal experiences serving Blessed Pope John Paul II in the Swiss Guard, and the secrets of successful leadership that he learned at the feet of the great pope.



Business, Ethics, and the EnvironmentThis book provides a framework for business ethics in the age of sustainability.  The book examines the many ways that business is changing, and should change, to meet the demands of a sustainable future. This book blends philosophical and ethical analysis with real-world practical cases and examples to show what sustainable business can and should be.  This book covers the shift to sustainable business models, environmental sustainability, alternative economic model of sustainable economics, sustainable production, and consumerism. People interested in the study of Business, Ethics, and Sustainability.

Leadership and Self-DeceptionThe book’s central insight—that the key to leadership lays not in what we do, but in who we are—has proved to have powerful resonances not only for organizational leadership, but in readers’ personal lives as well. Leadership and Self-Deception uses an entertaining story about an executive facing challenges at work and at home to expose the precise psychological processes that conceal our true motivations and intentions from us and trap us in a “box” of endless self-justification. Most importantly, the book shows us the way out.