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Business Ethics

Ethics: Reporting an incident

When reporting an incident or supporting a reporter, consider these:  Listen carefully and objectively to their concerns. Acknowledging a complaint does not mean you are validating it. Just listen carefully. Assure them that a process exists to handle these situations and that you will report the concerns if they cannot or will not. Ask them…

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What are Ethics?

“Just do the right thing.”—Joseph N. Gurri, M.D. My father’s view of ethics was simple, but not easy. When my siblings faced a dilemma, he would ask us about and listen to our story of what happened, what we did, and what we planned to do. He was available to be our coach. All leaders…

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Ethical Awareness Plan

Ethical leaders in ethical workplaces must be self-aware. “How did you do today?” Thomas Shanks, SJ, PhD, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics offers five questions to foster self-awareness at the end of each day.  Ask yourself: Did I practice my values? Did I do more good than harm? Did I treat others with dignity and respect?…

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NSA Ethics Code Case Studies for the Ethical Speaker

Case studies illustrate the eight principles of the National Speakers’ Association Code of Ethics. This is an excerpt a book I wrote for professional speakers, The Ethical Speaker. REPRESENTATION ARTICLE 1 NSA CODE OF ETHICS “Be impeccable with your word.”   —don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements (Amber-Allen Publishing; Box edition, 2008.) The ethical speaker is honest and…

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Ethics: Why do we misbehave?

Why Do We Misbehave? Few people set out to intentionally disgrace themselves, incur fines or jail sentences, get fired, or be censured by their colleagues and industry. So, why do we misbehave? A complicated array of internal and external factors contributes to our decisions to act ethically or not. As a consulting psychologist for over thirty years, I’ve found…

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