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Category: Honesty

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

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 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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Mark Putnam

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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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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Mark Putnam

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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Mark Putnam

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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Mark Putnam

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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