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Author: Mark Putnam

Mark Putnam

Trying to follow the rules or encouraging others to do so can be frustrating if people are ruled by moral relativism rather than a clear set of moral values. For these kinds of people we say that they lack a…

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Mark Putnam

The workplace can be the greatest testing ground for your character. It's not easy to withstand the high pressure, high stakes grind at work where you feel pulled in a hundred directions, trying to please everyone else. Sometimes it's easy…

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I recently visited our Amitai (partner) office in Mexico City for a sales kick-off meeting. Mexico City is a lot like NYC, very cosmopolitan, but be cautious. There is amazing food, wonderful people and a love of art and color…

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So, you've blown it...now what? All human beings will at one time in their life, find themselves caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Nobody cares how it got there or why, but simply that it's there and the…

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Do you know someone who will fight vigilantly over a small overcharge in a restaurant check because, as he says, "It's the principle of the thing!" At first you may wonder what the big deal is, but if you look…

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Maybe you feel like a voice in the wilderness - like the only one around who feels the way you do. Your company organization may appear to be an ethical place to work, but little of the institutional ethical matter…

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A little bit of ego isn't a bad thing. Self-confidence and assurance can make a difference in business success. But there is a fine line between a healthy ego and egocentrism. Ethical problems become inevitable when the center of the…

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Most discussions of ethics center on what you do or don't do. You compare your actions against various ethical standards and deem your actions as either right or wrong. Although it sounds simple enough, there is a sense of tension…

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Some days ethical troubles hit from all sides. A client threatens to move the account if you don’t ignore some annoying protocol. You missed a little detail in a contract that will cost the company money. Your lunch went a…

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A fundamental principle of ethics is fairness. Ethical people play fairly. They respect the rules, judge circumstances by ethical criteria, and follow through appropriately. In a competitive business climate, the ethical lines are blurred by the urgency to make the…

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