ethics

Out of the mouths of babes sometimes come very wise statements. I think we should listen more to these golden nuggets when they occur. We adults just might learn something of value.   One such pearl of wisdom came from a young girl scout. Her story was on the CBS evening segment “On the Road” by Steve Hartman which aired here in Phoenix on February 17, 2017. 11-year-old Charlotte McCourt wrote a letter to a customer stating that “the Girl Scout Organization can sometimes use false advertising.” Uh-oh, our adult minds might be screaming – she’s making the organization look bad!!! “Not good”, to coin a phrase….!   She was not intentionally trying to harm the Girl Scouts. Instead, she →

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After a week of violence including police brutality and retaliatory shootings of police, it appears that the young ones understand ethical behavior and the “right” way to do things better than the adults…

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It’s wonderful to find companies whose ethical business culture shines at all levels.  It is something every business can do with the right training and oversight that leads by example.  There are so many ways a small mistake turns out to be not so small.  A new way to learn the ins and outs of making the right ethical business decisions is through creating an environment of trust and playing the e-FactorGame.  By gamifying the material, it becomes much more engaging and fun to reestablish a higher set of business values.  By introducing interesting dilemmas, everyone works towards ironing out the best ethical decisions.  Understanding and implementation of ethical values take hold.  All stakeholders benefit, employees, staff, executives, and the →

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The early formative years is the time in sports that character is built.  Coaches are chosen for their ability to build teams that win, yet ethics of fair play and sportsmanship are important whether on either end of winning or losing.  Sometimes, the first string of starters get blown out of a game.  A coach can keep the starters in, or give the second string the chance to prove themselves.  It may look like the coach has given up and let the benchwarmers play.  But, in the face of overwhelming odds against you, every benchwarmer’s character and attitude to show what they can really do shows up and outscores the higher rated opposition.  Win or lose, the ethics of sportsmanship →

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Meeting Scheduling.  It used to be easy and quick, especially if there’s an automated system involved. But it has become the bane of my existence.  It seems that lately the people I’m scheduling meetings with have needed to reschedule. Sometimes more than once. And the back-and-forth emails to try and find a common date fill multiple pages of my inbox. I’m not sure people understand this, but when someone asks to reschedule a meeting the message they I receive is that I am less important, less valuable, or less respected than some other opportunity that has just come up. I’m sure it’s unintentional, but it is an ethics issue for me.  It’s a lack of respect and integrity. And it’s frustrating as hell. If →

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My mom periodically sends me ethics articles.  Today’s article was absolutely unbelievable.  (Thanks, Mom!)  According to a Fox News Article Published 2/14/2016 a Spanish government worker got paid for six years without showing up to the job. He collected an annual salary of $42,000 for supervising the construction of a waste water treatment plant.  The water company building the plant thought the man was a government worker.  And the government thought he was a water company employee. They caught him when he became eligible for an award for 20 years of service.  The man was penalized $30,000 the maximum amount allowable under Spanish law. Aside from the fact that $30,000 is the maximum allowable under Spanish law (wouldn’t that be nice →

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You do not trust any of your staff to talk to clients because you do not know how they will respond to client requests for additional work. This scenario involves accountability and reliability, which either build or destroy trust. What would you do in this situation?

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You know, as I sit here writing this article I’m finding myself a bit conflicted. ‘Tis the season, and one part of me thinks I should be writing about being grateful for all that I have.  I am grateful.  I am free to write what I want, go where I want, say what I want, believe what I want.  I am lucky to be alive and I have a nice life in spite of all the crazy circumstances that the Universe throws at us mortals.  But another part of me is watching this world self destruct little by little, or maybe the destruction is not so little any more.  A congressman was just convicted for federal tax evasion and still →

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