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Business Ethics

Can Faith Help You Make Better Decisions?

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

Faith can help us make better decisions. Faith empowers us with the humility of our human condition, empowers us to deal with reality and to do our part of the deal, and opens us up to the hope that God will do his part as well.

B Team Leaders Call for Bold Leadership from Business

The B Team | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
The B Team

With the UN Climate Change negotiations underway, and as the United Nations designs its flagship Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, business needs to engage.

Teaching Ethics in a Changing India

Kanan Dhru | Posted 03.18.2014 | World
Kanan Dhru

Their notions about how the practices of the world and personal values interplayed fascinated me, at times frustrated me and almost always threw me into deep questions about how our society was shaping up.

Good-Mouthing

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

Bad-mouthing -- who needs it? It's rude at best and unethical at worst. There is a concept that gets much less attention, but is sorely needed today: good-mouthing. I didn't invent the term, but I'd like to popularize it, so I can think of no better place to start than right here. With you.

The One Metric I'll Use to Measure My Company's Success in 2014

Brittany Hodak | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Brittany Hodak

My head began spinning as Joanna went through the next 10 or so cards. I don't think I heard a single word she said afterward. I just kept thinking about Joshua and his heartbreaking request. All of a sudden,our 2014 goals seemed meaningless.

Outsourcing and Me: Adventures in Manufacturing

Ron Barth | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Ron Barth

A company is a shared responsibility and a contract between employees and owners -- it is not diminishing people to simply "capital" to be spent.

The Future of Testing Your Genetic Future

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

This week, 23andMe, the Google-backed DTC genetic test company, stunned many observers by agreeing to stop sales of its $99 genetic test kit online, saying it will now release only ancestry information and raw data without interpretation.

Genetic Testing Should Adhere to Medical, Not Business, Ethics: FDA's Regulation of 23andMe Is a Welcome Move for Consumers

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business
Karuna Jaggar

Public health and patient protection should come before company profit. And this week the FDA has taken a welcome stand to protect public health by insisting that what is clearly a medical service be regulated as such.

4 Tips for Managing the Office Holiday Party

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

You are at a work function -- as an employee. You are not at this event for the food and/or the drink. Try not to overeat, and definitely do not get drunk. Nobody fondly recalls the next day the person who jumped up on the bar and began dancing.

Dear Banks: 'Giving Back' in Philanthropy Is Fine, But Also Give Us Back a Financial System We Can Trust

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Carla Seaquist

A plea to the banks: Do "give back" in philanthropy. But also, please: Give us back a financial system that we can trust. Less penance after the fact, more virtue before. It will make for better business and for honest philanthropy.

If They Won't Put It in Writing Then Be Afraid

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Howard Steven Friedman

I'll stick to a simple rule of thumb. If someone won't put a questionable instruction in writing and there are no clear policies or guidelines to support that instruction, then I'll let my moral compass guide me.

Ethics and Heart Matters

Derek Howard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Derek Howard

One of the greatest business lessons I learned in my lifetime didn't come from a board meeting or while on the job -- but rather a medical mission trip to one of the poorest countries in the world: Haiti.

Do What You Think Is Right

Dr. Roger H. Hull | Posted 11.05.2013 | College
Dr. Roger H. Hull

Doing what you think is right does not necessarily mean doing the popular thing. In fact, it often means doing that which is unpopular. While no one wants to be attacked, that is the price you should be willing to pay.

Noble Causes, Ignoble Means: When Executives Live Well Off Non-Profits

Jay Halfond | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Jay Halfond

Even though Dobelle's indulgences were a fiscal drop in-the-bucket even for a small academic institution, its symbolism resonates with the press and public.

As the Spirit Moves Me

Jay Halfond | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Jay Halfond

This is the first time in more than a half century when I am not planning a return to school after Labor Day. I don't need to get a new lunch box, wardrobe, or haircut, or face the annual apprehension about the challenges that lie ahead.

Is It Legal? Yes. Ethical? Perhaps. Underhanded? Definitely.

Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2013 | Sports
Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D.

As tennis players gear up for their next Grand Slam, the U.S. Open, here's a bit of now obscure Slam history: The most famous underhand serve in the history of tennis remains Michael Chang's deft trickery that unnerved a choking Ivan Lendl in 1989 French Open.

Bad People vs. Bad Acts

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 10.02.2013 | New York
Bruce Weinstein

I'm not going so far as to call Mr. Weiner a bad person. But I will say that we can reasonably question his character, because over and over, he makes choices that hurt others and himself.

Being Nice, an Endangered Virtue

Cindi Bigelow | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents
Cindi Bigelow

"What do you want your kids to be?" I asked. "Doctors? Lawyers? Investment bankers?" And I could see heads nodding in agreement around the room, at least until I threw them a curve ball and asked, "How many of you said in your minds, 'I want my kids to be NICE?'"

You Lost Your Job -- Now What?

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

Believing in yourself is one of the best ways of applying the principle of compassion to your own life. Consider this as well: How can others benefit from your expertise if you don't get the word out?

'Money Has to Serve, Not to Rule'

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

The pope points out that in ideologies that are grounded in the drive for power and for possessions a rejection of both God and others and an attitude that considers ethics as a nuisance.

Blame and Punishment: When Mea Culpas Are Simply Not Sufficient

Jay Halfond | Posted 07.30.2013 | College
Jay Halfond

The recent Internal Revenue Services targeting of the Tea Party implicated many -- where the lines of responsibility are fuzzy and perhaps even arbitrary. And just this past week, the dean of Harvard College resigned amidst a scandal-within-a-scandal.

Are You a Social Media Narcissist? Good and Bad Ways to Love Yourself Online

Dov Seidman | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business
Dov Seidman

We've traded up from conspicuous consumption to conspicuous expression. Rather than buying more cashmere sweaters or luxury cars than our neighbors, people are actually buying social media followers!

Do CEOs matter?

Angela Perkey | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Angela Perkey

If compensation is solely based on influence, it would be difficult to argue that anyone should be paid more than CEOs of large companies. And yes, this includes political leaders.

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights 'Impressed' With Fair Food Program

Greg Asbed | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Greg Asbed

Two efforts have met on the road, and are sure to work more closely together in the months and years ahead.

Are Unpaid Internships Ethical?

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 07.09.2013 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

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.