Leaders have got to get this straight or else!

  In the book, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, by Tom Morris, there was a profound quote about business. Tom Morris wrote: “Business is a partnership of people creating, in many ways, a better life for others as well as ourselves.” The key word in this definition for my business and I dare say yours,…

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Leaders are suppose to ensure ethical behavior, right?

  Training Time for Senior Leaders and Boards of Directors is on the Decline: (NAVEX GLOBAL recent ethics and Compliance study) “While respondents reported that annual training time for non-management employees rose by about 60 minutes from last year(to 7.1 hours) and training times for middle managers stayed about the same (at 6.5 hours), senior…

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Is there a moral gauge for leaders?

Socrates and Plato, both taught that knowledge and virtue are one in these ways: • If one knows what is right, then one will do what is right. • Virtue is a kind of knowledge in that they are deeply ingrained habits that guide one’s action. • The goal of the moral life is to…

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Unintended consequences: excuses or justifications?

  I read an ethics article this week and the term “unintended consequences” was used in regards to being a result of decision making. This concept intrigued me to think further on it. If something is an “unintended consequence” of a decision, does it make any less important or vital? Was it unintended because one…

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Moral hypocrisy: a serious issue?

“Moral hypocrisy is when one’s evaluations of their own moral transgressions differ substantially from their evaluations of the same transgressions committed my others.” Ann Tenbrunsel and Max Bazerman This a case of don’t do as I do, but do as I say. I love the concept of moral hypocrisy, and yet it seems so prevalent.…

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Don’t let your ethics training take a vacation!

Now that summer is upon us and vacations are being planned is no reason to postpone any ethics/leadership training. Those tempted to do something wrong will not take the summer off, so why should we?? Being proactive in ethics and values based leadership programming is a year round process. What would it say to your…

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