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Mark Putnam

Knowing what's right is critical to good ethics at work. Sounds easy enough, but beyond generalities, it seems impossible for people to agree on what is "right." When debating whether or not an action is ethical, put it to a…

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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

Read the business headlines and you'll find ethical crises like embezzlement, fraud, or misuse of company products or services making the headlines. High profile ethical breaches like these all have to do with something near and dear to a company's heart;…

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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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frankbucaro

In Roy Snell’s article in a recent Society of Compliance and Ethics website, titled Compliance Officer’s Nine Lives. He commented that compliance officers must master some elements of 9 professions to be successful. They are Legal, Ethics, Risk, Audit, Investigations,…

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