Category Archives: Ethics
Have you ever watched a leader make a decision or take an action and think, “They ought to know better.”
I find that sentiment to be especially true when it comes to people issues. Leaders ought to know how to motivate others. They ought to know how to treat people with respect and act with honesty. They ought to know how to take action and make good decisions.
That is where Phillip Van Hooser comes in.
Phil knows what leaders ought to know, and he shares it in his new book, Leaders Ought to Know: 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense Leadership.
The Gallup organization just released its latest survey results about the perceptions of honesty and ethics for 22 professions.
There are honest and ethical people in every profession. Rankings such as this reinforce a very important principle: Scandal paints with a roller not a brush. When enough people in any profession act dishonestly and unethically, it hurts everyone in the profession. Continue reading
This blog was first published in 2010. Considering we are near the end of perhaps the most divisive Presidential elections in recent U.S. history, it is an excellent time for all of us to reflect and ask ourselves – are we leaders or liars? Continue reading
What would you do to secure your 15 minutes of fame? How about to increase your financial well-being?
Would you exploit your child on national television? Would you reinforce and applaud behavior that is likely to create lifetime problems for your child? Would you become the family that everyone loves to ridicule? For the parents of Honey Boo Boo, the uber-precocious child with her own show airing on TLC, the answer is yes and a lot more. Continue reading
The “Weeds” series finale on the Showtime network left a lot of people disappointed. I was one of them until it hit me: The entire ending was about Nancy Botwin’s key question.
What is your key question? Embracing your question provides the measuring stick for your success. It lights the path toward the results you need to achieve in order to be fulfilled. And, it defines what it means to be significant and contribute.
There are several guarantees in the campaign for President of the United States:
• The other side – regardless of the side you are on – will be portrayed by their opponents as completely out of touch with the “average” American
• Every candidate will make promises that can only be kept with the cooperation of Congress, and every candidate will pledge to work with their opponents across the isle
• Personal attacks will be plentiful and usually cloaked in an argument about policy implications
• The choice between candidates will always be framed as two distinct visions that will determine the destiny and fate of the country
• Integrity – or specifically the lack of it – will be called into question by the candidates, their surrogates, and the media pundits
There is little any of us can do to change the first four items on this list. They are going to happen regardless of any efforts to restore civility and common sense to the campaign.
There is a moment of truth in every organizational change that determines if the effort has a chance of succeeding or is destined to fail. It is the point where good intention is transformed into focused action. It when everyone looks at each other and says, “Oh, S**T! They’re Serious!” Continue reading
The Ethics Resource Center (www.ethics.org) released its latest National Business Ethics Survey results in January 2012. There is good news and bad news.
The good news is that overall reports of misconduct are at historic lows and those who observe ethical misconduct are more willing to report it than in past years.