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Category: Code of Conduct Skills

Mark Putnam

Read through the company's code of conduct and it won't take long to find a statement that seems to insult your intelligence. "Stealing company owned equipment is prohibited." After scanning (not reading) several pages of these profound proclamations, you sign-off…

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Mark Putnam

How many hats do you wear? By day you work hard serving your customers, solving problems, and being a part of your company’s team. By night you may change character into an entrepreneur or part-time worker somewhere else. Maybe you…

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Mark Putnam

Reading your company's technology Acceptable Use Policy might be as interesting as reading the dictionary or your favorite IRS publication. But before you sign it and file it away, take some time to familiarize yourself with it and dig a…

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Mark Putnam

Finally you feel appreciated! On Monday morning you unexpectedly receive a gold, gift-wrapped box from a regular supplier. Inside are gourmet chocolates and a pair of pro basketball tickets. The note reads, "We just want to say thank you. We…

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Mark Putnam

Can you keep a secret? For some people, keeping a secret is a nearly impossible while others can wear an impenetrable poker face with ease. Whichever kind of person you are, keeping company secrets is no game but serious business.…

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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

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 thought of business ethics and politics sometimes conjures up images of fat-cat executives working inside deals with crooked politicians in smoke filled rooms. But the reality is quite different because the ethical lessons learned from the intersection of business…

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