Why is it so hard to say Thank You?

  Recent employment engagement surveys point out that the #1 thing leaders can do to show appreciation for their employees’ work is to say “thank you.” Why is that so hard, or is it an attitude of “that’s what they get paid for?” How many times is a day to you actually say thank you […]

How about the study of ethics as a prerequisite to ethics training?

I’m beginning to think that organizations that are really committed to their ethics, really need to go back to basics by studying the great thinkers on ethics, i.e. Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Immanuel Kant, Thomas Aquinas, as a prerequisite to ethics training. Why you may ask? For two reasons, first, if one doesn’t know the time […]

Work and Accountability

I recently taught a college ethics course that meets one day a week. With my original roots in education, I am having a great time being back in the classroom, if only on a limited basis… That is probably why the buzz surrounding the new book “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses” by Richard […]

A Coach or a Consultant: Which do you need?

I heard an interesting distinction between a coach and a consultant. A coach is one that is hired to research and ask the right questions. A consultant is one that will lead you to the right answers. In my field of ethics, I don’t know of one ethics “coach.” Here’s why from my perspective. Leaders […]

What’s the ROI for Ethics Training?

A company could spend thousands on an ethics training program that has no affect on its employees. Especially in this challenging economy, people want to know, what is the ROI for an ethics training program? While the answer can be debatable, because how do you quantify the possible ethical infractions that DIDN’T happen? I certainly […]

“Line in the Sand” Ethics: What do you stand for?

The story of the Alamo is a powerful part of Texas history. In 1836, 189 men were” holed up” in an old adobe church against thousands of seasoned Mexican soldiers under General Santa Anna. The task of leading the Alamo defenders fell to Colonel William Barrett Travis. It is difficult to imagine the range of […]

Time for a Code of Ethics Check.

A number of companies have begun to embrace the reality that being ethical, and acting ethical are vital and integral to business success. Here are a few reflections for your consideration in planning your ethics training initiatives for 2015. Please remember that the focus of quality ethics training is to teach, model and reinforce the […]

Moral Leadership challenges that need to be addressed include……

an understanding that a culture is the shared values and beliefs of a group and needs to be the foundation of the how, the what and the why of being in business. With that in mind, leaders need a moral groundwork by which to function, empower and model those values beliefs for the common good. […]

How about this working definition of ethics?

Ethics is a tough decision with the payout at the end. An unethical decision is an easy one with the payout up front. Ethics as tough decision, requires a different approach to ethics training. Ethics training cannot be just a recitation of “standards”, theory, or a stagnant approach to the subject. Making a tough decision […]

The courageous leader needs to…..

understand that to be courageous, one must possess the ability to face difficulty, uncertainty or pain, without being overcome by fear or intimidated by consequences. Wow, that’s a mouthful and yet how many of this type of leader to you know or work for? My guess would be, not many, and why is that? How […]