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Business Ethics

Are You an Ethical Leader?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

If you're really honest with yourself for a moment how ethical are your leadership behaviors? Are you trustworthy? Do you always show others respect? Are you willing to forgo potential profits if it means looking after the needs of your employees better?

Business Etiquette: The Benefits of Gratitude & Simple Thank-You Guidelines for Professional Contacts

Ciara Pressler | Posted 05.21.2015 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

Etiquette rules may dictate that you have one year to send a wedding gift, but when it comes to business gratitude, your communication must be nearly instantaneous.

Which CEO Character Traits Yield the Highest Returns?

Russ Warner | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Russ Warner

Machiavelli said, "It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both." And for that statement, as well as other views, he is famous, or rather... infamous.

4 Examples of Dubious Marketing Ethics

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 05.15.2015 | Media
Jonha Revesencio

Marketers create political campaigns based largely on innuendo and quotes taken out of context. Is this just part of the day's work, or is there a larger, ethical dilemma involved for marketers?

Parent Like a CEO

Christi Bostwick | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Christi Bostwick

The answer to the question, "How can I be a good parent?" may be as simple as applying what we know about what makes a good corporate manager to parenting.

Guanxi: Your Super Business Card in China

Kim Dramer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Kim Dramer

When you leave your company, your guanxi follows you. The guanxi you have built up in China is yours to keep. Your guanxi is a network of relationships, trust and goodwill among people that you have built up over the years.

Are We Teaching Millennials to Be Amoral?

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Christopher B. Nelson

This is why I don't believe McBrayer has it right. The Common Core standards get almost everything wrong when it comes to educational policy, but not because they inculcate moral relativism.

Can Brands Be Enlightened?

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Nick Seneca Jankel

Strategic brand management is a well-advised and profitable route. If a brand can capture the hearts and minds of its hard-to-please consumers and, even better, harness a 'spirit of the times', it will benefit from commitment, passion and even advocacy.

Ethics Training Is Missing the Mark: Here's Why

S. L. Young | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business
S. L. Young

Decisions individuals make cannot be necessarily managed by external factors; although, if ethical training helps individuals to understand and prepare for the internal factors that might be experienced while dealing with ethical dilemmas.

Staples, Like Other Companies, Can Afford to Treat Their Workers Right

Ben Spielberg | Posted 04.18.2015 | Business
Ben Spielberg

Staples' decision will undoubtedly renew arguments that the ACA's employer mandate has led to harmful effects on work. These arguments, like parallel narratives about min. wage laws and paid sick leave ordinances, are largely inaccurate, and advocates of evidence-based, power-balancing policy are absolutely right to debunk them.

What Sony and the NFL Have in Common

Judith Samuelson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

When money and judgment collide today, it seems we pretty much always go with the money.

A Trustworthy Press Is the Immune System of Democracy

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.19.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

Do your best to get it right. If you do, great. If you don't, admit you got it wrong, fix it, even if hard, and try harder next time. And we should reward journalists and press outlets that are practicing good, honest journalism.

Recycling Opens the Door to a Circular Economy

Brian Kennell | Posted 01.15.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

Recycling is critically important, but it's only one part of a larger, globally emergent environmental paradigm known as the Circular Economy. As we look forward to America Recycles Day, we are reminded that we have so much more to do.

The New Privacy Frontier: Creating a Better Mobile Experience

Kate Bolseth | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Kate Bolseth

Looking at privacy through the lens of the consumer, they are confused, concerned and not feeling as if they are in the driver's seat. Moreover, the underlying security frameworks are constantly under attack.

Unexpected Cost of Ethical Behavior

S. L. Young | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
S. L. Young

In pursuit of my college degrees, work at Fortune 500 companies, and memberships in professional organizations, I was directed and trained to ensure ethical compliance --- as it's a personal, organizational, and company responsibility.

Traditional Virtues Trump Ethics Codes

Brad Reid | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

So, are virtues a matter of genetics or environmental influences? I have no answer to this question except to say that it is the wrong question in this conversation.

Breaking the Rules -- And Feeling Good About It

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Intriguingly, people don't lie and cheat indiscriminately -- simply because they can get away with it. Even when there is no chance of being found out, people show some level of aversion to acting unethically. They want it both ways: to profit by dishonesty, but also to preserve some sense of themselves as moral beings.

How Do You Deal With an Unethical, Productive Employee

Russ Warner | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business
Russ Warner

Firing a productive employee with the intention to find and rehire someone else isn't a decision to take lightly. That decision impacts the company's bottom line. But without productive employees, an organization cannot excel, and that affects the bottom line as well.

Leaders: Legal, Ethical or Right?

Dianna Booher | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

When people decide to disregard their moral compass as the official business handbook, they begin to make up the rules as they go. Anything can happen, and the situation frequently proves to be a source of conflict.

Is Your Wireless Carrier Jacking You Around?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Kathleen Reardon

Compared to parts of Europe, where unlimited cell phone data access can be obtained without a contract for a small portion of the fees charged in the USA, cell phone data fees in America are a nightmare.

How Seriously Does Your Nonprofit Board Take the Matter of Ethics?

Eugene Fram | Posted 09.12.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Most board members are aware of their obligation to ensure their nonprofit's compliance with certain standard regulations e.g. making tax payments, su...

Enthuse Your Way to Employee Buy-In

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

A primary challenge for supervisors is to encourage others within their organization to go the extra mile and get the job done in a timely manner. In ...

Why Facebook Should Follow Ethical Standards -- LIke Everybody Else

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 09.06.2014 | Technology
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

It is not clear that Facebook broke the law -- the regulations apply technically to federal-funded research, but have been universally adopted by researchers as the standard. Facebook should agree to follow these guidelines as well.

Pernicious Moms Threaten Capitalism

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Todd Peters

If you accept the position that the only thing corporations should care about are profits, then a trend that decreases profits might be thought of as harmful. But the only perniciousness that I see is the inherent danger of a profit-only mentality that views a thoroughly wholesome, healthy, environmentally beneficial trend like parents making their own baby food as pernicious.

Trust and the Wealth of Nations

OECD | Posted 07.04.2014 | World
OECD

By Carolyn Ervin In the 17th arrondissement of Paris you can walk past a bust of the 19-20th century French writer, Tristan Bernard. It carries a m...