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Mark Putnam

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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From the Oval Office to the corporate boardroom, the same question is being asked, "Does character really matter?" Where should the line be drawn between one's personal and professional life? Should we care about character if job performance is not…

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Somewhere between the truth and a lie, there's "spin." We hear about politicians spinning bad news in their favor. We see journalists and pundits spin news stories to reflect a certain point of view. It's easy. You too can spin…

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The world of business ethics often seems so dominated by legalities, protocols, and rules that we forget what business ethics is all about: ensuring that people make honest choices at work. It's about individuals like you who rely on your…

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In a world crowded with so many moral and religious philosophies, one principle rises to the top as the most consistent, prevalent and universal of them all: The Golden Rule. The Golden Rule simply states, "You must treat others in…

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