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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.

When -- and How -- Did Business Become the Enemy?

John Friedman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
John Friedman

Is this just rationalization for not advancing people (or shipping jobs overseas), a justification to avoid feeling guilty about not passing the reigns to a generation champing at the bit for their turn to be in charge, or something more?

Gun Control and Leadership

Daniel Dworkin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Business
Daniel Dworkin

Senators have constituents to answer to -- voters and interest groups -- and winning future elections means keeping them happy. Self-preservation is logical. Self-preservation that compromises your values and negatively impacts the country is a lack of leadership.

Ethical Selling: Building a Sales Culture Based Upon Social Responsibility

David Hibbard | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
David Hibbard

How many times have you received a call at your home at 9pm at night from a salesperson soliciting newspaper subscriptions or whatever. You find it beyond irritating.

Is This Why There Are Fewer Women In Business?

Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.04.2013 | Women

One study might have discovered the reason for the business gender gap -- morality. Previous explanations for the underrepresentation of women in ...

'Pushy,' 'Sleazy,' and 'Dishonest'

Scott Anderson | Posted 06.03.2013 | Business
Scott Anderson

The sales profession has a perception problem. It amazes me that I continue to encounter individuals who want to make a living selling, but haven't taken the time to make investments in their own development -- more importantly, they have not learned how to build a trusting relationship.

Honesty: More Than an Ethical Platitude

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

Something happened recently that was a stark reminder that honesty is more than a matter of ethics -- honesty is good business.

Office Gambling Is Unethical

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

It's ethically intelligent to draw the line between fun that's appropriate in the workplace and good times that are better had elsewhere. Betting money on sports (or the Oscars, or anything else) falls in the latter category.

10 Ways to Make Customers Fall in Love with Your Business

Brian Honigman | Posted 05.12.2013 | Business
Brian Honigman

At any moment, an unhappy customer can share their opinion with the masses through social media and the web, negatively affecting your business. That's why it's important to create an excellent experience for your customers to help develop your company's relationship with them.