Only four moral dilemmas of humanity

According to the research of Rushworth Kidder in his book, Moral Courage, there are only four dilemmas of humanity. Every single moral/ethical issue is at least one of these dilemmas.1. Truth vs. Loyalty = honesty/integrity vs. commitment,promise-keeping 2. Individual vs. Community = “Us” vs. “them” 3. Short term vs. Long term = now vs. then…

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Moral philosophy first, then ethics

What is ethics in business without first creating a moral philosophy of business?
Any ethics training, code of ethics, etc., that does not include the development of a moral philosophy has a very weak foundation and crack WILL occur. Think about it.

A Brief Visit to my Alma Mater

Early in February I was back at my Alma Mater, Benedictine University. I was asked to do a combined program for their Career Development, Alumni Relations and University Development offices, and I was truly honored to participate. Those attending included students, alumni and members of the business community. The theme was DEVELOPING YOUR EMPLOYMENT TOOLBOX.…

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Who’s supposed to be watching who here?

Porn-watching SEC workers disciplined, counseled Posted 23h 21m ago | By P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press DENVER — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has counseled or disciplined 24 employees who accessed pornographic sites on government computers between 2005 and 2010 as the U.S. financial system teetered and almost collapsed. By Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images…

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It’s not just what you know but who you are!

A Brief Visit to the Ivy-Covered Walls Early in February I was back at my Alma Mater, Benedictine University. I was asked to do a combined program for their Career Development, Alumni Relations and University Development offices, and I was truly honored to participate. Those attending included students, alumni and members of the business community.…

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Hero and villian in the same person?

Are “Heroes” Entitled To Bad Behavior? Best Buy Ethics, by Kathleen Edmond. Recently, we had a situation in a store that posed an interesting cultural challenge. The specifics of the story are not important but, suffice to say, we had an employee who was lauded as a “hero” by Best Buy and held in extremely…

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Excellence, Accountability and Leadership

I teach a college class 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 Arum of…

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Moral or Immoral?

“To be immoral is to be indifferent. We always have a choice to stand up for is right(moral)or to do nothing(immoral). Whatever you do in life,think higher and feel deeper.” Elie Wiesel

Test of Conscience

“The ultimate test of a man’s conscience may be his willingess to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”–Gaylord Nelson