Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Is it always right to be right?

From an email that went to Anderson faculty today:

Senior Lecturer Emeritus and former Assistant Dean Warren Harry Schmidt passed away on May 24, 2016, at the age of 95.

...Schmidt held both a master’s degree and doctorate in psychology from Washington University. His emphasis throughout his long career in education was on organizational psychology. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1955 and retired in 1977. He taught a variety of courses, focusing in particular on those related to leadership, decision-making and behavioral science. He also taught at the University of Southern California and consulted with numerous domestic and international companies, including Baskin Robbins and United Airlines.

A prolific writer, he produced one of his seminal works in 1969, a parable titled “Is It Always Right to Be Right?” It ran in the Los Angeles Times and he later delivered it at a UCLA commencement ceremony. Eventually it was turned into an animated film that won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject in 1970. As a result, Professor Schmidt went on to a career working on books and training films on the topic of the human dynamics of organizations...

The short film is on YouTube:

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