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Author: Mark Putnam

Mark Putnam

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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The old saying goes, "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink." People have used this adage throughout the ages to say, "I've done everything I can do, so now it's up to you!" As…

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A century ago, a promise and a handshake was as good as a legally binding agreement. Nothing was stronger than saying, "You have my word." There was a sacred quality to one's word that was not taken as lightly as…

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The thought of business ethics and politics sometimes conjures up images of fat-cat executives working inside deals with crooked politicians in smoke filled rooms. But the reality is quite different because the ethical lessons learned from the intersection of business…

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In business, image is everything. Your physical appearance is just as important as your sales pitch. This is why you pay homage to the mirror each morning, picking out the right outfit, grooming, to show the world by your outward…

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It's easy to take the topic of ethics for granted and it's also easy to constantly worry about it. On one hand, there are people who go about their lives simply doing what they think is right and not giving…

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Ask anyone the question, "Are you greedy?" and most will deny it. Then follow-up with, "Would you break the rules if it benefited you financially?" And the answer might be, "How much money are we talking about?" Few people identify…

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