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,…

A leader must be a moralist….

I found an article in doing research, written in 1985 by Vice Admiral James Stockdale, one of the Navy’s most decorated officers in its history. In the essay titled “Trail by Fire” Stockdale reflect on leadership. Here’s what he said: “To lead under duress, one must be a moralist. The leader must be a thinker,…

Two ethics questions that will make or break you.

Joan Eisenstodt, in her 1/14/1024 article titled: It’s legal, you’re honest, but are you ethical?, asks two questions to start the thinking and conversation on ethics. 1. What does it mean to you to be ethical? There can be “pat” answers, i.e. The Golden rule, Treat people fairly, Be open, etc 2. What guides you…

The process of thinking ethically: priority or necessity?

I’ve been studying, writing and presenting on this process, particularly as it may relate to the process of thinking legally. What is the process of thinking legally(compliance)? Is there a process at all? If it is compliance, isn’t the process already been decided by other entities and to be compliant means to “obey” the law?…

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,…

Never make a decision without “the PTP Factor”.

When making a decision you must consider what I call the “PTP factor”. The PTP factor is, what will be your “Price To Pay” for your decision? The PTP Factor can be good or bad, but there will be one! Before a decision is made, thoughtful consideration must take place. Why? Because no matter what…