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Ethics – it’s a topic on everyone’s mind these days.  If you’re still watching the news or listening to the radio or tweeting on Twitter you can’t avoid hearing about the consequences of unethical behavior.  It is all around us; related to the cars we drive to the banks we put our money into, to the value of our homes. Why, then, when someone mentions the word “ethics” do people roll their eyes or start running for the door?  Let’s explore. Ethics is fascinating, at least for me.  Ok, so call me a weirdo, an oddball, a freak. These descriptors are ok, but less polite terms are unacceptable.  And No – “ethics police” is NOT an acceptable descriptor!  But reactions →

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Here in Arizona we’re having a debate.  Ok, so we’re having a lot of debates here and sparking a few big nasty national ones as well lately.  Arizona is definitely subscribed to the Wild Wild West mentality.  But the debate I’m writing about relates to ethics, and whether our elected officials should have immunity from prosecution while the legislature is in session. Ethics is actually being Debated here??! It was a crazy incident that sparked this debate.  The state majority leader of the Arizona state Senate and his girlfriend were arrested after having a fight in their car on the highway.  The girlfriend was arrested and charged with assault.  The state majority leader claimed immunity because the state Senate was →

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I will cherish this memory.  A unanimous vote in the US Congress.  A rare thing of beauty it was, although the reason for it was heart wrenchingly sad.  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords submitted her last piece of legislation before resigning as a US representative of the state of Arizona.  Watching her complete this task, take her last vote, and submit her resignation was much harder for me than I anticipated.  And yet, it was truly one of those profiles in courage that we’re seeing less and less these days.  It was something I felt I absolutely had to rearrange my schedule to watch, recording for history my own memories of the good things in life. The memory of her walking up →

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It happened again today.  Someone came to my door to do a little maintenance work, and his truck was parked in front of the fire hydrant.  I had to politely ask him to move his truck.  Luckily, this gentleman didn’t get rude or nasty.  He just turned around, looked at his truck, saw it was directly in front of the hydrant and moved it.  I’m not usually so lucky.  The normal reaction from visitors and neighbors of my little community is one of hateful, ugly name calling and verbal abuse.  How DARE I insist that people move their vehicles away from the fire hydrant?  Nothing’s going to happen anyway…. Well friends, if we believe this why do we pay for →

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Ethical awareness is growing.  Can you feel it?  It’s in the air and it’s in the news.  Penn State, Congress, Wall Street and Countrywide have all been skewered for big ethical misconduct lately.  It’s gotten so bad that after ten minutes of watching the nightly news my blogs and e-zines are practically begging to write themselves.  Even in fiction – popular books like the Harry Potter series – do we see the issue of ethics in the following statement: “Soon we must make a choice between what is right and what is easy.”  (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) So ethics is everywhere, if we choose to recognize the words and actions as ethics. There we go.  The word →

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Somehow, I’ve gotten out of the discipline of writing and blogging weekly.  I don’t really know how, except that a variety of events, tasks and activities got in my way and distracted me from the weekly grind of writing.  Writing a blog is really a simple thing, especially when I’m using Posterous which allows me to write a post as if I were composing an email and voila!  It magically appears on my blog!  And I think it would be safe to say there has been an absolute abundance of ethics topics to talk about.  All I need to do is watch 10 minutes of the nightly news and my blogs practically could write themselves! So why don’t they?  Write →

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Ok, so I’m going way out on a limb to open a discussion about politics.  I normally steer clear of this because I don’t want to start arguments, but enough is enough!  And besides, newsletter readers have been requesting me to take e-Factor!® to Washington or have the local politicians play the game.  There’s hope that this might “straighten them out.”  Funny concept, that one, and my first reaction is to run away as far and fast as I can.  Is it possible to “straighten out” our politics today?  I Don’t know, but I fear the worst. What I do know is that we’re now seeing ethical dilemmas of such immense proportions that even I reserve my judgment over whether →

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– and what we all can learn from him! This is the story of the power each and every one of us has within ourselves to change the world.  Yes, you read that right.  So how does this relate to ethics?  By the end of this article you should be able to answer that for yourself.  The information for this story came from a segment on 60 Minutes that aired February 20, 2011. The fruit vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi , from a small town in Tunisia, couldn’t take the corruption any more.  A municipal official confiscated his scale, worth $100, and Bouazizi knew he’d have to pay a bribe to get it back.  He complained to the official, and the →

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It sure feels good…! For the first time in quite a few years, I’ve finished all my accounting early and turned over all the information to my trusted Tax advisor.  Whew!  I hadn’t realized how much of a relief it would be to get this done early!  Why is it that we put this work off until the very end, waiting until the last minute and adding more pressure than necessary??? As a business coach, I’ve been known to advise my clients to do all sorts of things to break the logjam and get those unpleasant tasks done.  Things like break the tasks up into small bite-sized chunks, create a reward for doing the job, work on the task early →

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