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ASTD's Riding the Tiger makes MSNBC article!


Mon May 17 2010


Eve Tahmincioglu writes about Riding the Tiger in her article, Surviving Your Company's Mistakes. The section "Truth and lies" reads as follows:

"?Alas, sometimes it's hard to distinguish between truth and lies.


In 2005, Ed Cohen left his job at Booz Allen Hamilton. His wife, Priscilla, left her consulting practice to take jobs in India with Satyam Computer Services, a top global IT outsourcing company.

Satyam's Chairman and founder, Ramalinga Raju, "was the most generous person we had ever encountered," said Cohen. "He would speak of ethics and integrity at every leadership training meeting."

It turned out, Raju was actually cooking the company's books. He was arrested in 2009.

"At the time the allegations came up, I thought it was a joke," Cohen said.

Cohen, who was the chief learning officer responsible for talent management of Satyam's 53,000 global workers at the time, said many of the employees, including himself, seemed to go through the stages of grief that people coping with death often face - betrayal, anger, depression, and eventually, acceptance.


The experience prompted Cohen and his wife to write a book about their experience titled, "Riding the Tiger: Leading Through Learning in Turbulent Times."

"It was like we were in a war," he said. "When you're in war, your adrenaline is pumping, you've got to keep things going, but when it's over the post-traumatic stress kicks in."

Whole article here.

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