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The Intrepid Brotherhood
Public Power, Corruption and Whistleblowing
In The Intrepid Brotherhood, deep corruption threatened to ruin jobs and harm lives. Intimidation, distrust, and secrecy became the norm among the executive management group of Chelan County Public Utility District. Control and power can corrupt even the most ethical organization’s integrity—unless someone speaks up. Read The Intrepid Brotherhood now and pursue a principled foundation of honor for your organization.
About the Book
Deep corruption threatened to ruin jobs and harm lives. Intimidation, distrust, and secrecy became the norm among the executive management group of Chelan County Public Utility District.
Even in a small and semirural American government, corrupt leaders aren’t simply dishonest and immoral. They’re dangerous.
A board of directors should hold wrongdoers accountable, but sometimes that responsibility falls to righteous employees. A riveting and relevant memoir, The Intrepid Brotherhood details a classic story of enlightened leaders’ war against oppressive management when private misconduct evokes public resistance.
A multimillion-dollar project had the potential to transform the PUD’s business management. Instead, it ended in management conflict and Gordon’s discharge. His determination for justice revealed a culture of sinister practices and problems that would cost more than the company’s reputation. Despite economic upheaval, career interruption, and near criminal mistreatment, he and the whistleblowers of Chelan County PUD stood up for the professional values lost along the way.
Control and power can corrupt even the most ethical organization’s integrity—unless someone speaks up. Read The Intrepid Brotherhood now and pursue a principled foundation of honor for your organization.
“These real life “Game of Thrones” episodes are a cautionary tale for leaders and governing boards. An educational retelling of experiences, the author underscores that people-centric leaders who create healthy cultures and inspire others with inclusion, empathy, mutual accountability, compassion, and kindness rise while others fall.”
“The Intrepid Brotherhood is a captivating, informing and a gripping story of courage and commitment to ensuring public trust. Gordon Graham’s relentless pursuit of the truth is inspiring and serves as a powerful reminder of the need for public accountability. Trust in the leadership of public agencies demands the highest levels of public accountability.”
The Intrepid Brotherhood Blog
Many people encounter toxic leadership in their careers but end up suffering through it in silence. The prevalence of toxic leadership in organizations across the world is the subject of much debate. There is plenty of data to support the contention the as many as 1...
✨“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou A number of people have expressed curiosity as to why I chose to record the events related in The Intrepid Brotherhood and to make them available for general consumption. Some have...
Last week I was on "The Adaptive Executive" show with Greg Ballard, CEO of Five C Consulting. Being a leadership coach, Greg has a great understanding of the chaos that a toxic leader can bring to an organization, to say nothing of the collateral damage they inflict...
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About the Author
Gordon Graham is a former information technology professional with over 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry. During his career, he was recognized by peers and industry trade associations as an authority on information technology management issues and was a sought-after speaker on information technology strategy and aligning technology with business.
In addition to his decades-long career, Gordon earned an AAS degree in computer science from Columbia Basin College, a BA in public administration from the University of Puget Sound, and an MBA in information technology management from City University, along with numerous certifications in IT and project management. He has served as the information technology section chair for the Northwest Public Power Association and as both information technology section chair and vice chair of the Business and Finance Committee for the American Public Power Association. Additionally, he has also served on curriculum committees for Wenatchee Valley College and NCW High School Skills Center.
Now retired, Mr. Graham lives in Oregon with his wife, where they enjoy gardening, boating, and traveling.