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Mark Putnam

" I could care less!" You've probably heard this expression from a frustrated or apathetic coworker many times before. Think about those four little words and their profound meaning. They not only communicate, "I don't care," but they heap on…

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Mark Putnam

There are times in your professional life where standing up for honest values feels like a lonely place to be. You may be the only one around willing to walk away from a fast buck and stick up for what…

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Mark Putnam

Standing up for your ethical principles takes courage. Courage is the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear. When you see something happening in the workplace that just doesn’t seem right do you have…

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Mark Putnam

What happened to the days when a business transaction was sealed by a handshake and one's word? What did we do before employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, and loyalty pledges? True, these legal instruments serve to protect everyone's interests but no…

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Mark Putnam

We've all heard the statement, "Ignorance is no excuse." Whether from an angry boss or an IRS agent, getting excused by stating, "But, I didn't know!" is about as good as saying nothing at all. So many ethical crises are…

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Mark Putnam

The last thing people want is a guilt trip. Guilt is like an ethical party crasher that you wish would go away. Even hearing the word "guilt" conjures up negative feelings. But before you dismiss guilt as all bad, take…

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Mark Putnam

First Officer Spock had it easy. The Vulcan from Star Trek didn't have to deal with the ethical decision-making process as we do. He operated in the realm of logic and reason. Imagine a world where ethical dilemmas were judged…

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Mark Putnam

Any ethical system, whether it involves codes of conduct, company rules, or legalities, will fail if the people who are making and following it do not adhere to an ethical code that is rooted in moral absolutes. But talking about…

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Mark Putnam

The most difficult kind of ethical situation is one where you feel angry and helpless as a result of someone else’s misdeeds or manipulation. You didn’t ask to be pushed around, but you are. One minute you’re minding your own…

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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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