Kevin Salwen on Ethics
As management professors go, Jeff Sonnenfeld at Yale is one of the smarter ones -- and among the most gutsy. What I particularly like is how Jeff is willing to gore whatever ox he needs to gore. So, while the rest of us were going ga-ga over 'The Apprentice,' Jeff stood back to question whether it was teaching us properly. I know what many will say: 'This is entertainment; Jeff should just lighten up.' But his point is a good one:
'The selection process resembles a game of musical chairs at a Hooters restaurant where sexual baiting and pleading is confused with effective salesmanship, Sonnenfeld wrote in a Wall Street Journal article in March.
The assigned team projects neglect the core functions of leadership, such as integrity, invention and inspiration.\n\nA heated exchange of letters with the New York real estate mogul since then hasn't dampened Sonnenfeld's loathing for the values that 'The Apprentice' glorified. \n\nThe show is not the way to foster leadership or combat the 'win-at-all-costs' ethic that had taken hold in the business world, Sonnenfeld, a professor and associate dean of Yale University's School of Management, said Tuesday.\n \n'In business school, we need to bring back the role of judgment and wisdom,' said Sonnenfeld, who specializes in chief executive leadership and corporate governance.