In this episode of Lessons I Learned in Law Scott Brown speaks to Rob Chesnut. Rob retired last year after spending more than 5 years as General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer at AirBnB. During that time he grew the legal team from 30 to over 150 legal professionals in 20 offices around the world.
Rob is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia, and previously worked at the US Justice Department where he prosecuted bank robberies, kidnappings, murder, and espionage cases. He also led eBay’s North America legal team and is the author of Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution.
Rob reveals some of the lessons he learned in law including:
· Integrity matters in business. There’s an expectation now that businesses do good, not solely exist make money.
· There can be ‘creative’ solutions to ethical problems, which means integrity can actually be subtle and isn’t always an absolute.
· Diverse organisations actually perform better than homogenous ones. The best person for the job, is the person who brings a different perspective to the team.
Rob also shares some fascinating social experiments on the subject of integrity. How honest and trustworthy, are people in everyday life? You might be surprised by the findings!!
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