Have you noticed that ethics is in the news everywhere these days? This sometimes hugely unpopular and negatively perceived word is now the latest buzz word. Huh. I guess I was 10 years ahead of my time when I invented e-Factor!®, originally conceived as the “ethics factor”. I woke up with the idea in the wee hours of the morning after leaving the corporate world and an organization where actions and ethical values plainly did not match. As I developed the game and built my business I heard countless experts tell me to “lose the word ethics” because it wouldn’t sell – nobody wanted to be lectured about ethics and ethical conduct. In the early days at networking events I →
Happy Memorial Day. To those of you who have served or are currently serving in the military and the national guard, Thank you for your service in protecting freedom everywhere. Without you our world would be a very different place. To those of you who are remembering a loved one on this holiday weekend, I have no appropriate words. I only have the ability to recognize that you have made tremendous sacrifices I am unable to imagine, just so that all of us can live the way we do, say the things we want to say, do the things we want to do. I teach ethics, mostly to licensed professionals who are only in my class because it is mandated →
Paris, attacked again. Bill O’Reilly leaving Fox under allegations of sexual harassment and $13M in payouts. United passenger dragged off an airplane. Where has all the good news gone?? If we can create “fake news”, why can’t we also create “good news”?
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 →
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…
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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?