Introspect: Be Humble

  • Wiley C. Davi
  • Duncan H. Spelman
Part of the Management, Change, Strategy and Positive Leadership book series (MACHSTPOLE)


For 16 years, Tom Ashbrook was the popular and successful host of the nationally syndicated NPR radio program “On Point,” through which he reached 2 million daily listeners. The show was born in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and became a platform for serious investigation of political, social, and cultural issues. In early 2018, Ashbrook was fired following an investigation of complaints from people who worked for him about an abusive work environment. As many as 23 employees reported that Ashbrook had engaged in intimidating and demeaning behavior. One news account of the climate on the show said people were coached to, “never interrupt Ashbrook, never challenge him, and only answer yes, no or I’ll check on that” [1].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wiley C. Davi
    • 1
  • Duncan H. Spelman
    • 1
  1. 1.Bentley UniversityWalthamUSA

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