The courageous leader needs to…..

understand that to be courageous, one must possess the ability to face difficulty, uncertainty or pain, without being overcome by fear or intimidated by consequences. Wow, that’s a mouthful and yet how many of this type of leader to you know or work for? My guess would be, not many, and why is that? How…

When emotions get out of control, ethics takes a “hit,” doesn’t it?

  How is it that one can receive 15-18 years of formal education and not one course on emotional self control? When emotions get out of control, i.e. anger, jealousy, etc. , ethics, which has its foundation in logic, and reason, really takes a hit, a backseat, or not a consideration at all. Only when…

When someone does something illegal or unethical do they…

make excuses or give a reason? I’m always intrigued by the wording and maybe the difference between these two words. If people make  excuses, does it mean that that they “knew” what was right or wrong in what they did, but they chose differently based on what? I believe that they rationalized “exceptions” to the…

If Good Ethics is Good Business, What’s the Problem?

  It seems that media reports of companies being fined, or accusations of unethical or illegal behavior, are just about a daily feature in news reports. We may even find ourselves asking “how” and “why” this could still be happening with so many organizations focusing on “doing the right thing” and touting a strong ethical…

What’s the role for moral reasoning in leadership?

  What is moral reasoning? Moral reasoning is a process of discerning the possible effects of making a decision on a specific issue and examining the pros and cons of what values are at stake and why and the “prices to pay” for each decision made. Moral reasoning has a “justice” component to it, and…

Degrees don’t seem to mean” dittle” when…..

  it comes to ethics, values, having a moral compass or moral awareness with some people. Daily accounts of executives doing things against the law and that are unethical come from well educated, highly regarded leaders, C-suite execs, etc. A question here is what is it that “tempts” those whose companies are fined millions/billions of…

An ethical quagmire for leaders?

  1. What does it mean to you to be ethical? You need to define it, not just for yourself but for your people. You need to embrace it and consistently promote/live it. 2. What guides you ethically? List the values that you internalize and prioritize them in order of personal preference. 3. Have you…

“Education can make people moral……”

This is what Socrates is purported to have said. True? Let’s look at this statement a little closer. Can education make people moral, of course it can, but the question is how? I remember as a teacher being taught that “true education only happens when learning links up to people’s experience.” When this happens, people…

Since 2009, banks have been fined $128 billion dollars in fines so……………………..

Here are my questions about all this, particularly in the wake if this past week’s Bank of America’s recent fine of $17 billion: 1. Where does the fine money go? Who/what gets it? How is it used? Whose accountable? 2. Why do these banks fight their wrongdoing in court? 3. I wonder how much money…

“Ethics and code of conduct will be THE training priorities for next 2-3 years.”

The research of NAVEX Global 2014 ethics and compliance report points this out. This finding should cause leaders to think about what are they doing about these two critical areas of employee and business development? Therefore consider: • If ethics is one of two key training priorities, what state is your ethics training in at…