Why do people try to “justify” their behavior?

I’m always amazed at what lengths some people go, to “justify” their behavior even though they know deep down inside that it was wrong or questionable at best. Why? Do they really think that what they did was o.k. or appropriate? People are trying to “get away” with something by rationalizing why they made that…

Power, Leadership and Ethics, Oh My!!

Power is an interesting concept in that: The more you have, the more you want; It’s addictive in that if I can make you do something once, I’ll make you do it again. The wrong type of power can distort, cheapen and destroy morale, productivity and ethics! There are two types of power for leaders…

What is it about the human condition that fosters unethical behavior?

There has been $6.7 billion in improper Medicare payments, Banks have been fined billions of $ for fraud, etc., Cheating seems to be a norm in schools and business. The California Realtor Association is now publishing the names and photos of those realtors who have broken the association’s code of ethics and who knows what…

Is your ethics training a band aid approach to an artery problem : Part II

Think about this. You use a band aid for a scratch or a minor cut as the “wound” is not that serious and eventually you remove the band aid and all is well. No skills, No training in putting on a band aid, i.e. no real techniques and only minimal knowledge are needed. Anyone can…

Two of the biggest ethical challenges businesses face today are…….

                        1.       How get the multiple generations “on the same page” regarding ethics and ethical behavior? This is the first time in American history we have now 5 generations in the workplace at the same time. We have Boomers, Xers,  Yers, Millenials and now the Digital Natives(those born from 1990). Each of these generations…

Is there such a thing as “situational” ethics?

I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me: “doesn’t the situation determine the ethics? I was stunned! So here’s a definition that I found on situational ethics. Situational ethics = a system of ethics in which moral judgments are thought to depend on the context in which they are to be made,…