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A Handbook/Playbook For Building Ethical Cultures

Imagine if you were an applicant for an executive position in an organization. Would you be able to review a handbook for building ethical cultures? What if you were considering a board position. Would you be able to review a playbook for building ethical cultures? What if you are like the vast majority of workers […]

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Ethics and Governing Dynamics

The pendulum in all organizations is beginning to swing to building cultures that are ethics driven and self-governing. It is fluid, long overdue, a response to growing pressures that are demanding accountability now and in the future. The traditional structures in organizations: boards of directors, executive teams, and workers are being shaken hard and challenged. […]

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Martin Luther King’s Philosophy & Ethics

Today America remembers the life of Martin Luther King. His principles, philosophy, and ethics should be celebrated and emulated every day. They form the backbone of a man who simply wanted to make our planet more civilized, fair, kinder, and better for all humans. Dr. King’s life reminds us of the importance of ethics and […]

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Ethics and Attributes of Heroes

It is fitting as 2016 winds down to consider why we are not identifying more heroes who possess ethics and attributes that are admirable. They are out there……unsung heroes and heroines who favorably impact human lives. Their stories need to be told so that the vast majority of us can see that the smallest acts […]

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Transforming Ethics Into Meaningful Reality

We read codes of ethics on company websites. Sometimes we see ethics mentioned in vision or mission statements. Occasionally we see ethics written in company handbooks. The outstanding question in limbo: are these imaginary steps or can cultures transform their values into meaningful reality? Let’s start with a few simple concepts that can provide a […]

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Making Ethics, Safety, & Wellness a Workplace Priority

There is no easy way to say it: our organizations simply are coming up way short in terms of making ethics, safety, and wellness a workplace priority. The results should not surprise any of us; worker dissatisfaction and engagement are at all-time lows in virtually every meaningful survey that is conducted. The unanswered question is […]

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Having An Ethics Hotline Is a Really Good Idea

Ethics hotlines are imperfect but add credibility for organizations trying to build values based cultures and win over skeptics. There are always some threads of truth regarding some of these imperfections like encouraging people to avoid difficult conversations and taking easy paths by making corporate calls. Or, one of my favorites that I heard firsthand […]

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Teaching Ethics and Values To Our Kids

I have a simple belief that is often communicated in my presentations and training exercises. Every major problem that is taking place on our planet can be directly or indirectly linked to the lack of personal ethics and values. Think about it for a moment. It’s not hard to buy into the theory is it? […]

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The Debilitating Effects of Minimal Ethics & Compliance Training

Premise #1: In-depth ethics training and compliance is an unnecessary expense; it drains available cash and yields a below average return on investment. Premise #2: New employees can ramp up more quickly by learning on the job from older employees and supervisors. Premise #3: Training takes employees away from work time that may result in […]

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Our Kids Teaching Us Ethical Conduct

Our kids teach us how to be ethical in more ways than we realize or appreciate. As ethical is broad in scope and meaning, what behaviors are they demonstrating to us that we can put to better use in our personal and business lives? Prior to discussing that, let’s cover some basics about the word ethical and […]

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