What About Your Conscience? Do you remember the Disney movie classic, Pinocchio? In that movie Jiminy Cricket served as Pinocchio’s conscience. He was always around to remind Pinocchio about the right thing to do. Sometimes Pinocchio ignored him, sometimes he listened to him; but Jiminy Cricket stayed by Pinocchio’s side no matter what. Wouldn’t it…

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Develop a Road Map to High Road Behavior

When we’re faced with those ambiguous choices where the “right” path is unclear or will produce some painful consequences, where do we turn? If our company has a code of conduct or mission statement, we can look at that and ask, “If I am living up to this credo, what will I do?” But first…

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What would you do?

As a police commissioner once said when he turned down the twentieth bribe offer he had received that day, “Ethics ain’t easy!” All of us are faced by those moments when doing what’s right is very different from doing what’s easy or what would be the most profitable. That’s one of the reasons for a…

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Where does conscience fit into your decisions?

Do you remember the Disney movie classic, Pinocchio? In that movie Jiminy Cricket served as Pinocchio’s conscience. He was always around to remind Pinocchio about the right thing to do. Sometimes Pinocchio ignored him, sometimes he listened to him; but Jiminy Cricket stayed by Pinocchio’s side no matter what. Wouldn’t it be nice to have…

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Whistleblower ethics

“Hey, I am trying to tell you there is a problem…” Have you ever been in the position of relating bad news to someone in the workplace—maybe it was about a product that does not deliver on its promises, unsanitary or unsafe conditions, or a co-worker who is way beyond bending the rules in order…

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Ethics and Business

Can Business be Ethical and Successful? Most people will tell you that “business ethics” is a contradiction in terms. “Impossible!” they say. “You have to do everything you can to give customers what they want and increase shareholder value. No one can put ethics before the bottom line and succeed in today’s business climate. Ethics…

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Test your ethics

Test Yourself: What Would You Do? As a police commissioner once said when he turned down the twentieth bribe offer he had received that day, “Ethics ain’t easy!” All of us are faced by those moments when doing what’s right is very different from doing what’s easy or what would be the most profitable. That’s…

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Moral Courage

“It isn’t the absence of conscience or values that prevents us from being all we should be, it iks simply the lakc of moral courage.”–Michael Josephson