Ethics Blog

“You award a supplier a multi-million dollar contract for the main subassembly in your product.  As a thank-you the supplier offers you 2 tickets in his company’s skybox for this year’s Super Bowl.  If you accept this gift, how does this affect your company’s reputation and what are the potential consequences?”                                                                                                                               -e-Factor!® scenario Would you be tempted?  I would!  This is a good scenario to bring up at the water-cooler to see what your colleagues say.  Why?  After using this scenario in a workshop I was astounded to hear the variety of opinions on whether this was acceptable or not.  The opinions ranged from “Sure – I worked hard to get that supplier on board!” to →

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These are troubling times for ethical people. Especially in light of the history we are watching unfold before our eyes. Last week we watched a live Senate hearing for a sitting Judge who was accused of sexual assault. The Senate Judicial Committee is trying to determine if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is suitable to be confirmed to the Supreme Court – the highest court in the land. This court was created to provide checks and balances – a division of power between the other two branches of government. As such it is expected to have Justices who can impartially judge cases and apply the law objectively. We witnessed a miracle: Compromise from our elected officials.  It is a Rare thing to →

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15 years ago I was sitting on the couch, trying to decide if I wanted to start my own business or go back into a corporate job. I had been laid off and the company graciously paid for 6 months of outplacement services which was about to run out. And as I sat there staring at the ceiling, asking what I should do, the phone rang. It was my friend Connie, needing help and a friend to talk to.  I remember the moment clearly, because that phone call was the answer to my question, and so my coaching business was launched. I told Connie what was going on and she offered to pay me.  I did not even know what →

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Our children spoke today – 3/24/2018.  1 million children descended on Washington DC to protest gun violence and demand that our elected officials take action to change the law. Were you listening?  There were more people marching today compared to President Trump’s inauguration day. And the children didn’t just march in D.C.  They marched in New York, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, and even here in Phoenix.  Their voices screamed “Enough is Enough”.  And they are right. As one young person said, it’s not a legal issue, it’s a moral issue. The children are demanding change.  And they’re calling BS on anyone who is failing to do their jobs and represent the will of the people. We’ve been dealing with gun →

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  Ethics.  The word is everywhere. On every TV show, on every newscast, on billboards everywhere, in magazines… Everywhere.  Yes, Ethics is top of mind… It is taking Center Stage.  Finally.  But maybe not for the right reasons. Once upon a time I was told to “lose the word Ethics” because it was unpopular and had a negative connotation.  I refused.  To me, creating and following strong ethical values is one of the most important actions each of us has the choice to make, and I teach people how to solve ethical dilemmas by understanding the underlying values embedded in the concept of ethics.  The word Ethics still has a negative connotation to some, but now it’s being used to →

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Below is a copy of a campaign to stop the FCC from ending net neutrality.  Why should you care?  Because, if ended, the big internet providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T  and others will be able to block your content, prevent you from getting access to information, and charge you fees for “premium” access or services. An example of the consequences we could see if net neutrality is eliminated was reported about TripAdvisor, who blocked negative comments about women who were sexually assaulted at certain resorts in Mexico. This came to light when one woman posted information on social media about a particular hotel because her comments kept being removed by TripAdvisor. Dozens of women came forward to let her know →

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You’ve got a stack of customer invoices to create and bills to pay, all sitting patiently on your desk waiting for your attention. You dread this time of the month because numbers are just not your thing. You hate how long it takes to get the paperwork taken care of, and you don’t understand the results your bookkeeper gives you. It just looks like a list of numbers on a page that has no relation to the activities you’ve completed during the month. And then you hear in the news that a bookkeeper is going to jail for embezzling funds from a small business, a government agency or non-profit organization. Great. Just Great. Just recently, a former bookkeeper for Arizona →

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Aren’t you tired of all the terrible news?  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”?

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In starting my research for this blog post I found a USA Today headline reading “Trump delivers the death blow to ethics.” Well That’s an Understatement! Presidential advisers pitching products, releasing fake news, accepting positions for which they have no qualifications or experience, fighting with federal judges, name calling, dismantling laws without considering consequences, brushing off conflicts of interest as irrelevant… Have I missed any???! If this isn’t the death of ethics I don’t know what is.

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