Category Archives: Our Ethics Series

An Ethics Question For The Ages…

[This is an updated version of an earlier blog we published]

Why do some folks act unethically?

For me, this is “the-ethics-question-for-the-ages“:

“Just why do people act ethically in some situations, but those same people act unethically in other situations?”

I hate to disappoint you, but the answer ain’t at all clear to me…

Sure, I have some thoughts that I’ll share with you, but if you feel you must excoriate me for not knowing what I’m talking about, go right ahead. After all, who am I to deprive you of a little joy?  🙂

Despite not having a clear answer myself, though, I still find myself asking the question whenever I can.

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The Ethics Test That Many Failed…

How would you do?

For all of your past sins, I thought I’d punish you again with an irresistible ethics test! This is the same test that I published earlier, but I figured I’d give you another shot at passing it…  🙂

Don't be a bystander

The good news is that, if you take it, I promise you’ll pass it with absolute ease. All you’ll need is a moral compass and a pinch of courage to follow it. I’m sure you have both, but, if you don’t, I think we should definitely talk…. Continue reading The Ethics Test That Many Failed…

Another Holiday Gift From Donald And His Mates…

Prologue to Another Holiday Gift from Donald…

Gotta admit that this blog about another holiday gift from Donald was inspired by some comments I received to my last blog about Donald Trump

So, if you like this latest blog, you should definitely thank those who commented on my last blog. And if you don’t like it, you should definitely blame them. Whatever you do, please don’t blame me! I’m the totally innocent party here—kind of…  🙂

It seems that, by comparing Donald’s approach to life and leadership with that of the iconic Nelson Mandela, I’ve needlessly irritated and upset some of Donald’s most ardent fans. Sorry about that!

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Daffy and Donald…

If that’s the bad news, though, the good news is that my blog has also brought out of the shadows some colorful comments from the likes of “Donald Duck,” “Daffy Duck,” “Road Runner” and “Sarah Palin”…  Welcome to my cult, guys…  The Kool-Aid’s on ice…

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A Fatal Flaw In The Training Of Our Business Leaders?

Does fortune REALLY favor the brave?

I think I may have come up with a foolproof way of testing that ancient adage…

This was my thinking:

What if I published a blog and a podcast that will almost certainly go down like a lead balloon with the powerful business school lobby and with every business leader who has ever proudly graduated from a business school?

Wouldn’t this be brave, I thought? And what if I received no fortune from this act of bravery? Wouldn’t this show quite conclusively that fortune DOESN’T always favor the brave?

Hmmmm….

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Leadership And Those Beautifully Written Codes Of Ethics – And Cheating

They’re not a panacea…

I’m truly sorry to have to break the news to you, but those beautifully written Codes Of Ethics aren’t a panacea. No, sadly, they don’t cure all of our ethical ills. No, sadly, this isn’t even close…

To add insult to this injury I’ve just inflicted on you (for which I apologise), you should also know this about EVERY major corporate financial scandal in recent memory—

EACH had occurred UNDER THE UMBRELLA of a major corporation that had in place a QUITE BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED CODE OF ETHICS…

So, what does this say about beautifully crafted Codes of Ethics? Not much…

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Leadership and Ethics: Is Doing Business In Los Angeles Really That Different?

My two questions…

Firstly, do my 1979 answers about doing business in Los Angeles stand the test of time? And, secondly, is doing business in Los Angeles really any different from doing business where you happen to live?

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Some background…

It was mid-1979. After spending some brief time living, working and studying in London, Zurich, Paris and Montreal, I’d just arrived in Los Angeles. If you think this sounds mildly glamorous and interesting, I’m cool with that. The truth is sadly that it was neither…

Soon after I’d joined a fancy Century City law firm, an old English client called me. He was the leader of a large international business with offices all around the world. He said he was thinking of setting up an office here in Los Angeles and that he had a question or two for me. We met and I did my best to answer his questions…

 

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“Hey, I’m Talking To YOU!” — Choice And An Unspoken Communication About Ethics…

A prologue to my story…

About twenty years ago, a client had a difficult choice to make. This story is about leadership and ethics…

It is about how he made that choice and how, in the process, he won the trust of his team—a group of quite prestigious companies from all around the world…

That he had won them over with an unspoken communication fascinated me—and I suspect it might fascinate you too. At least, I hope so!

I was intrigued how the gift of this story extends beyond the leaders of the business world and beyond those who are responsible for creating an ethical culture in their business and professional lives. It extends to every part of our personal lives too…

While you may not ultimately agree with the particular choice my client made in this story, this doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you can sometimes communicate quite effectively with people without yelling this at them:

“Hey, I’m talking to YOU!”

Anyway, let’s get going…

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