Together we initiated the development of a systems design “Architecture of Trust.” We wrote an article for the European Business Review on Leadership and the Structure of Trust and a breakthrough article for HBR — Trusted to Innovate – (which they declined to publish the week before Paul passed away). These never gained the traction they should have, but the frameworks they embody are part of my teaching and have been extremely well received. From what we realize now, these ideas were simply well ahead of their time, and are now being received with far more acclaim than when first written.
Paul’s last breakthrough was cracking the code on what “drives human behavior.” I was able to assist in determining the unique brain neuro-chemistry that underpins the four drives, and most importantly, the way the neuro-chemistry impacts trust – the foundation of all collaborative enterprise. The 4-Drive model is the foundation-stone of our entire approach to leadership.
Paul dearly knew leadership was the key leverage point for impacting the future course of business and government, and that we needed to find a way to create a Leadership Institute
As is evident in Paul’s last book Driven to Lead (Jossey Bass, 2011), one of the top issues for Paul was the BAD leadership. Together we also worked on the problems of the Dark Triad (Psychopaths, Narcissists, and Machiavellians) with Robert Hare at the University of British Columbia. Exposing and disarming such BAD leadership is one of the goals of the Institute.
Paul, in so many ways, was my “intellectual father,” and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude for his influence, which can only be repaid by multiplying and leveraging his great insights.
Together we can build an Institute that provides the right kind of learning, activation, teaching, writing, promoting, and forming alliances with like-minded institutions, so that, united, we can shift the tide of decline.
Trust in institutions around the world has plummeted at an extraordinary rate in the last decade. There could be no better time for leaders to unify our mission to build trusted leaders and change the trajectory of our future — which most wise people see in a slow, steady, and unmistakable decline.
Together, we must make good character and collaborative leadership “top of mind and center of heart” across the land by mobilizing people to action.