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Category: Honesty

Mark Putnam

Let's face it, ethical perfection is virtually impossible to achieve. Who hasn't driven over the speed limit, cut the tag off a mattress, or found themselves on the wrong side of the law in some minor way? Who hasn't checked…

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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

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

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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