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Dr. Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy, believes that the key to success is having not just emotional intelligence but ethical intelligence, too. He gives talks on ethics and leadership to businesses, non-profit organizations and schools across the country, and he is the author of the books, Ethical Intelligence (Book of the Year Silver winner from ForeWord Reviews) and Is It Still Cheating If I Don't Get Caught? He has discussed ethical issues of the day on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, and many other national television programs. You can take his ethics quiz or contact him through his website, Follow him on Twitter and join him on LInkedIn.

Entries by Bruce Weinstein

How to Absolutely, Positively Ace Your Job Interview

(3) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 10:11 AM

Dress nicely. Be polite. Speak with confidence. You already know this advice for doing well on your job interview.

But what you might not have considered is talking about your character. I guarantee that no other candidate will be discussing character, yet it is this element that distinguishes a competent...

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Grateful for SNL's Humility

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 5:53 PM

Sincere humility and gratitude aren't qualities one normally associates with the entertainment industry. That's why I was bowled over during the closing segments of Saturday Night Live's recent 40th-anniversary broadcast.

The "Wayne's World" sketch featured Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reprising their roles as hosts of a cable-access TV show...

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The New Wild West

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 9:59 AM

An unhappy target of uncivil speech on the Internet (not me)* Photo by doglikehorse * Licensed through Shutterstock, Inc.

"Shut up, you're such a baby!"

That's the comment "peter" posted about my Bloomberg Businessweek online column on the ethics...

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The WHOLE Truth?

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 10:26 AM

Swarthmore College, where I took my first ethics course, which changed my life
Photo by Bruce Weinstein

A friend of mine, whom I'll call Maurice (not his real name), brought a bottle of wine to a party at my home. I...

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Can You Keep a Secret?

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 8:46 AM

The icy tundra of Central Park * Photo by Bruce Weinstein

I was once in a hospital elevator and overheard two doctors talking about a patient. They mentioned the patient's full name as well as the fact that he'd just...

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Treat Yourself Well

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 3:16 PM

The author at the beach * Photo by Kristen Bancroft

Why did you choose to do what you do for a living? Was it because you wanted to become rich? Famous? Well-liked?

You may have achieved some or all of these...

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(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 11:15 AM

Photo by Lakomanrus -- Licensed through Shutterstock

A colleague and friend of mine is a bright, caring and all-around lovely human being. She also has a habit of telling me the nasty things that some of our mutual friends say about...

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You're Fired-By E-mail?

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 4:30 PM

Image by Andrey Myagkov * Licensed through Shutterstock

Which of the following are ethically acceptable ways to fire an employee?
A) Text
B) E-mail
C) On the phone
D) In person
E) Facebook

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I Confess!

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 11:32 AM

A photo I took of the Dutch Reformed Church in Woodstock, NY

It was bound to happen.

In our age of oversharing, we shouldn't be surprised that someone has used social media to make a confession about a crime he committed....

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Old Age: What's the Secret?

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:53 AM

Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

Have you ever asked an old person, "What's the secret?"

I have, but I no longer will. Here's why.

After celebrating my birthday not too long ago, it's hard for me to avoid thinking about getting...

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Do iPhones Cause 'iSolation'?

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 3:57 PM

Another idiot who's texting while driving!
(It's actually the author of this post, Bruce Weinstein, and the car isn't in traffic. It isn't even moving.)

Two new iPhones are about to flood the market. I -- and maybe you too? -- join...

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Bad People vs. Bad Acts

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 10:22 AM


"I've done some horrible things in my life," my friend told me over espresso the other day. He gave some examples, and I'll admit I was surprised. "I guess that makes me a bad person."


It's crucial to distinguish bad persons...

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Clinton Rakes It In!

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Last week the New York Times ran a front-page story entitled, Hillary Clinton Taps Speechmaking Gold Mine. The article suggested that it's ethically questionable at best for former politicians to receive exorbitant fees for speaking engagements.

I take issue with this.

It is ethically permissible for former politicians...

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You Lost Your Job -- Now What?

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 7:17 PM

Losing your job is one of the most traumatic events you can experience. On the Holmes-Rahe Stress Scale, it's the eighth most stressful life experience, behind the death of a spouse (No. 1) or going to jail (No. 4), but ahead of the death of a close friend (No. 17),...

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10 Seinfeld Spin-Offs

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Leave it to Jerry Seinfeld to create something fresh and funny about three things you don't normally think of together. His Internet show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, is a well-deserved hit, and the second season features such luminaries as Sarah Silverman, David Letterman, and Don...

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Tony Soprano: Role Model

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 10:09 AM

Rest in peace, James Gandolfini. In Tony Soprano, you brought to life the most complex character in the history of television. He was both kind and brutal. Loving and selfish. He was at war with himself, and that may be why so many of us identified with him. But let's...

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Christine Quinn's Brave Choice

(15) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 1:29 PM

Sunset on the Hudson (Photo by Bruce Weinstein)

What are we to make of Christine Quinn's admission in the New York Times this week that she has wrestled with bulimia and alcoholism? Is this a shameless attempt to win voter sympathy, a praiseworthy...

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Are Unpaid Internships Ethical?

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 6:00 PM


Christmas may be the most wonderful time of year for many, but for managers, it's summer that often brings the greatest joy. After all, this is when millions of college students and recent graduates offer their services for little or no pay. What could...

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Stay the Hand of Vengeance

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 11:56 AM

A few days before Christmas in 1970, a teenager named Louis Taylor was having a good time at a party at the Pioneer Hotel in Tucson but quickly snapped into action when a fire broke out in the facility. The young man knocked on doors to alert guests of the...

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Office Gambling Is Unethical

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 6:55 PM

March Madness office pools involving cash are common, exciting, and potentially lucrative. But they can violate corporate policies and the law. Even where they are legal and not in violation of company protocol, however, they're ethically unintelligent, and we shouldn't participate in them.

Here's why.

The Fundamentals

Arguments about ethics...

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