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Most discussions of ethics center on what you do or don't do. You compare your actions against various ethical standards and deem your actions as either right or wrong. Although it sounds simple enough, there is a sense of tension…

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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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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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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 recent article in the Harvard Business Review, titled: We don’t shun Unethical Coworkers if they are high performers, the authors, Rebecca Greenbaum, and Mathew Quade have found in their research that: “Specifically, we show that unethical…

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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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