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Business Ethics

All Businesses Should Have a Public Purpose, Not Just 'B-Corps'

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Judith Samuelson

A distinct charter for the companies who think systematically about the social and environmental impacts of their decisions sends the wrong message. We need all businesses to operate that way. Nothing less will do.

Elizabeth Warren, Accountability, Debt Ceiling and: "No More Phonies" Reads America's Want Ad!

Lydia Fisher | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Good for Elizabeth Warren for taking a stand. Coming from Wall Street, I know exactly what that means. You take the heat when you come up against the ...

Learning Basic Budgeting at Age 7, Wicker Armor and Clarions

Lydia Fisher | Posted 09.13.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

How was basic credit analysis so overlooked by sovereign governments, banks, institutions, individuals? Is it a Shakespearean-like pursuit of returns, wants, profit and power? Can we assume that economies could grow to keep up with debt?

Is the "Glass Ceiling" Expanding, the Waiting Room Getting Bigger?

Lydia Fisher | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Are we at an inflection point where the traditional "glass ceiling" is expanding across the spectrum of society -- where education and hard work may not be the sole answer to getting ahead anymore?

The Story Of The Berkshire Hathaway Sokol Scandal

Business Week | Paul M. Barrett | Posted 06.28.2011 | Business

Berkshire's harsh report intensifies the attention the Sokol affair has focused on the succession question at Berkshire, a company whose achievements ...

Which CEOs Get 'Should?'

Dov Seidman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dov Seidman

We are in the grip of bad ideas, false assumptions, and wrong values. Our 20th century habits of thought and behavior are getting in the way of responding to the new realities that require attention in the 21st century.

Personal Integrity Is The Best Preventative

Brad Reid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Reid

Unrestrained self-interest and greed, mixed with hubris, is a recipe for global financial disaster. I propose a radical solution: a return to religious virtues and personal integrity.

The Tipster Calls: Do You Take the Money and Run?

Phil Trupp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Phil Trupp

Has insider trading been enhanced by digital technology and unique ways of tracing cons? Or has technology merely exposed a practice that has been at work for generations?

Innovating in Humanity

Dov Seidman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dov Seidman

If this notion of what I call "human innovation" doesn't quite compute, it is because our traditional thinking on innovation is ripe for a breakthrough.

Ethical Leadership: An Operating Manual

Dov Seidman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dov Seidman

The demand for ethical leadership is growing, yet the supply remains low, as evidenced by the recent credit crisis that sparked the worst global reces...

Greed | Greg Garrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Greed (1924) is a classic silent film by the German director, Erich von Stroheim, although no one alive has seen its full nine hours, and few have see...

Upgrade to the Human Operating System

Dov Seidman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dov Seidman

The governance operating system is based on an underlying assumption that employees act in their self-interest. This operating system worked perfectly fine for decades, until leaders began calling on employees for other things besides productivity.

Are You Marketing From a Place of Integrity?

Peggy McColl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peggy McColl

Let me set the scene for you. It's the beginning of spring and you have decided it's time to seek out the support of a professional to help you with ...

Responsible Capitalists at Bishop Loughlin High School

Dal LaMagna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dal LaMagna

I agreed to teach an hour-long class to seniors at my Brooklyn-based high school alma mater, thinking I might inspire some young people to start and operate their own small business, as I myself had done at their age, and to do it responsibly.

No Really, Be Honest

Mark K. Stutes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark K. Stutes

The challenge of starting a service oriented business or any small company is that you have no corporate work history, no client referrals, no resume with your company name on it. Often times you feel like a small fish in a very large ocean and no one even knows you're there.

Why We Can't 'Motivate' Engagement

Dov Seidman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dov Seidman

Chief executive officers are concerned about employee engagement — and rightfully so. Senior management teams are investing great time, effort an...

Harvard Gets Ethical: New B-School Dean & the MBA Oath

Christine Whelan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Christine Whelan

Nitin Nohria was named dean of Harvard Business School. When MBA has come to stand for "masters of the business apocalypse" this is a show of support for an ethics-focused approach to capitalism.

Goldman Sachs To Create Internal 'Business Standards Committee'

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs' embattled Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein told investors Friday that the firm is creating a business standards commit...

Leaders and Fiduciaries

Nancy F. Koehn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nancy F. Koehn

There is a war of words waging about Goldman Sachs and its role in the larger financial crisis of 2008. The emerging battle lines concern what the ban...

I Know Whose Moral Compass I Want in Front of Me

Peter Samuelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peter Samuelson

An email circulated widely on Wall Street demonstrates that Gordon Gekko is alive and well, and that an unregulated market is actually a market mostly free for greed itself.

Unethical Behavior, Lack of Transparency and "Greed" Can Thwart Financial Reform

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Congress will eventually pass financial reform legislation. But long after the nuances are better understood and loopholes closed, diligent enforcement and ethical business practices will ultimately foretell if it is successful.

Progress in Corporate Ethics? Not So Much

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Donna Flagg

Integrity can't be "written in" to organizational behavior, especially for companies who have unprincipled people working there to begin with. But still, we are mired in regulations.

What My Father Could Teach BP

Terry Newell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Terry Newell

My father would have never made it to the board room of BP or AIG. He never made a million bucks. No government bailout would be there for him. He had to succeed - and he did. The basis of his success was five bedrock principles.

Inspirational Shame in the Era of Behavior

Dov Seidman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dov Seidman

When Obama admonished banking leaders for considering record bonuses, he referred to them as "fat cats." This shaming represents an example of inspirational leadership.

A Medieval Solution for a Medieval Screw-up

William Dietrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William Dietrich

We need an order of knightly business people today, an outside organization in our democratic capitalist system which has credibility, morality, and higher purpose.