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…

The real issue in conflict is never about things…

In my research on conflict as it relates to ethics, I came across the theory of psychologist Alfred Adler. Adler’s theory on conflict is this. The real issue in all human conflict is never about things, but always about respect. As I studied this and reflect on it, the more sense it made. Take any…

Negative ethics vs. positive ethics: part II

Due to much input from so many of you, I thought I’d take this difference to the next level of discussion. Now to refresh ourselves, simply put, negative ethics prevents a harm and positive ethics promotes a good. Now the question is: which one of these two options do most organization tends to “embrace and…

Where does the concept of “peace” and being “peaceful” fit into business?

Where does “peace” originate? Definitions of peace include calm, harmony ,freedom from strife, and tranquility. Peace, I believe, finds its roots in ones’ values, morals and ethics. There is no peace when all of these are not in alignment with those around us or the organization that we for which we work. I believe everybody…

Negative ethics or positive ethics: you get what you train for!

A few years ago, Marvin Brown wrote a great book titled Working Ethics. In it , he explains the differences between negative and positive ethics. The implications of these differences can have a tremendous impact on the results of your ethics training initiatives. In a nut shell, here’s the difference and my two cents in…

Whatever happened to Stewardship?

Stewardship needs to be a key focus of any ethics initiative. Yet, there are so many different definitions of stewardship so it’s hard to keep a focus.For the sake of conversation, here’s one that makes sense to me. Stewardship is what you do after you say you believe. Stewardship is consistency in action, not a…