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About Leadership: My Own Voice

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 12.09.2012 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

Like a lot of what characterizes great corporate leaders, the key thing is to listen and observe, to learn techniques, and then to think about how to do this for yourself. This is not like rote learning. It is about internalizing, adapting and then practicing.

About Leadership: Ethics and the Corporation

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 11.21.2012 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

The leadership of a company sets an ethical tone that pervades everything that employees in the company do.

China and an Ethical Mapping of the Global Economy

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business
American Anthropological Association

Those who work in business ethics are often asked if corporate social responsibility is an oxymoron. When it comes to China, our interlocutors hint that the answer, more so than usual, is already settled.

Global Warming and Carbon Dioxide Ethics

Duane Elgin | Posted 10.23.2012 | Green
Duane Elgin

What are the ethics of irretrievably mutilating an entire planet? When will humanity express its moral outrage that it is wrong to devastate an entire planet for countless generations to come, just to satisfy the consumer desires of a fraction of humanity for a single lifetime?

Drawing a Line on Ethics in PR

Neville Hobson | Posted 10.07.2012 | Business
Neville Hobson

Is the route to a more ethical public relations profession one that includes regulation or, at least, certification?

A Drug-Maker's Ethical 'Mistakes'

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 10.06.2012 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

Pharmaceutical giant Glaxo made profits in ways that manipulated the choices of doctors and sometimes resulted in patients' being subjected to significant risks without their informed consent.

Environmental Ethics: Bernie Madoff's Pyramid Scheme Is an Important Lesson

Michael Zacka | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

Many consumers assume that less packaging or no packaging is always the best answer for the environment. That may be true of most products, but there are reasons food packaging is different.

5 Tips for Small Business From Hedge Fund and Private Equity Magnates

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 10.01.2012 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

Advice from hedge fund and private equity managers can resonate with all market players, whether investors, institutions, large or mid-size companies and small business. Here are five tips that can be applied to small business

Creating a Great Board of Directors

David K. Rehr | Posted 09.29.2012 | Business
David K. Rehr

When we have a great board, it makes the mission (whether it is making great products, providing outstanding services, curing AIDS, or ending malaria in Africa) easier to achieve. So how can a CEO use his/her board members to maximize the enterprise's success?

Following Stephen Covey's Advice

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Every brush with mortality must stir not a call for better regulation but an awakening to inner rejuvenation. The issue is not in our actions but our inner anchors.

Superman vs. Lex Luthor: Riding the Line of Ethics and Success in Business

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Shane Paul Neil

As it turns out, Superman's willingness to take a good old-fashioned butt whooping is as strong an asset as anything else he has in his arsenal. Superman's ethos and Lex's ruthlessness is the business equivalent of long-term sustainability and the short-term money grab.

Leadership Lessons From Wal-Mart's Bribery Scandal

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

This story of a deplorable leadership failure at one of the world's largest companies is a cautionary tale for corporate executives.

Kids Cheat Just Like Their Business Role Models Do

Susan Antilla | Posted 09.12.2012 | Business
Susan Antilla

A friend wrote me to say how troubled she was by this stunner from her 19-year-old: The freshman at a private liberal-arts college told her mom that cheating on exams was standard procedure at school, and that she fully expected that cheating would be an everyday thing once she got into the workplace, too.

Is Joe Paterno 'In Heaven'?

Rob Asghar | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Rob Asghar

As any Penn State alum will tell you, Joe Pa did enormous good for his school and his community. But as most non-Penn-Staters will tell you, he seemed to put the image of his school above a rigorous commitment to rooting out monsters.

Six Principles for Business Ethics

John Paul Rollert | Posted 09.10.2012 | Business
John Paul Rollert

By reevaluating our principles, we make them more relevant to the challenges we face. Our principles must live through us if business ethics is to be a way of life.

Should Companies Obey the Law If Breaking It Is More Profitable?

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 09.04.2012 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

Indeed, if (in the sagacious words of Spiderman: The Movie) "with great power comes great responsibility," then the unprecedented power of today's large corporations places on them corresponding responsibilities to people affected by their actions.

Leaders' Character Must Take Precedence Over Their Resumes

Bill George | Posted 08.26.2012 | Business
Bill George

Will the parade of leaders who fail to fulfill their leadership responsibilities ever end? CEOs are public figures. Their actions are constantly being scrutinized inside and outside their organizations. For this reason their actions must be beyond reproach.

Romney and the Rise of the Corporate Superpredator Class

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

No group of human beings is uniquely predisposed toward evil. But society and government are supposed to discourage people from from acting on their worst impulses, and when it comes to the corporate class they -- and we -- have failed.

When Good People Behave Badly

Sam Sommers | Posted 08.11.2012 | Science
Sam Sommers

The psychology of fraud shares a lot in common with the psychology underlying another of society's most pressing ills... the combover.

Three Marks of a Rich Company

Ted Harro | Posted 07.23.2012 | Business
Ted Harro

Earn money. It's necessary and can have huge power for good. But don't allow your organization to only earn money.

Earth Day: Act One

Michael Zacka | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

Earth Day was a powerful first act to what could be a wonderful stage production by drawing worldwide attention to universal environmental issues and setting the stage for changes needed in our own consumption patterns.

The Delusion of Corporate Culture

Jeff Schmitt | Posted 06.18.2012 | Business
Jeff Schmitt

You see, I don't put much stock in culture these days. Maybe that's because it's so ingrained that I don't notice it anymore. Or, maybe it's because culture is all hype. Don't believe me. Look around your office.

Social Ethics: A Peek Into 2012

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 06.04.2012 | Business
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Business as usual is changing. Or at least the way business leaders think about philanthropy is changing.

Meaning of Work: What For-Profit Corporations Can Learn From Non-Profits

Dr. Serena Reep | Posted 05.28.2012 | Business
Dr. Serena Reep

What gives? Why is there such disconnect and dissatisfaction with the work we do? We spend the largest portion of our wakeful moments at work; if these precious moments are spent in emotional detachment, it speaks volumes about our quality of life.

A Modest Proposal

Andrew Delbanco | Posted 05.27.2012 | College
Andrew Delbanco

Students are losing a sense of how human beings grappled in the past with moral issues that challenge us in the present and will persist into the future. This is the shrinking province of what we call "the humanities."