Champions & Role Modeling
Leaders are role models, whether they want the responsibility or not.
As such, leaders who champion strong ethical behavior will more likely have employees who value and practice ethical behavior in the workplace and beyond. Leaders are not only shaping the company’s future—they are shaping lives of their employees, customers and society.
Better Business Bureau Ethics TORCH Award Finalist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMC_12t_h7c Used by kind permission of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota &…Learn More
Classic "soft skills" need new definitions and applications for workplaces of the future. Illustration by Hiroshi Watanabe Note: This is…Learn More
As COVID-19 drags on, smaller businesses face different challenges now than when things began in the spring. By Mike Porter Special to the Star Tribune OCTOBER 4, 2020 — 2:46PM Q: What can I do to be as successful as possible in leading my company through the pandemic? A: As COVID-19 drags on, smaller businesses face different challenges now than when things began in the spring. If you managed to adjust fixed costs (such as leases) and variable costs (such as employees and inventory) and are still in business, acknowledge your success in that alone. As always, the critical challenge remains generating traffic/business…Learn More
Once in the business, following the franchiser system becomes central to success. By Mike Porter Special to the Star Tribune SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 — 6:33AM Q: What are some of the best practices of starting and building a franchise business? A: Franchising represents a specialized area of business. Many options exist for kinds of businesses to consider, but in order to succeed you will want to consider the advice of John Francis, also known as Johnny Franchise. According to Francis, who has started five franchise companies and advised owners of countless others: “The first thing is you need to be capitalized to…Learn More
By John F. McVea JANUARY 24, 2021 — 2:00PM Q: What insights do you need to have to succeed in the technology industry? A: You don't need to be an expert technologist to make a big impact in technology. Mary Grove, who worked at Google and is the managing partner of Bread & Butter Ventures, said that there is no linear route into technology venturing. Thus, as we educate students with dreams of technology, it is critical that we focus on teaching them how to think, rather than teaching them what to think. For instance, when we consider the digital transformation…Learn More
An Ethical Systems Book Review BY KATHARINA WEGHMANN Margaret Heffernan’s new book “Beyond Measure: The big impact of small changes,” is an original manifesto for business leaders. Creating strong organizational cultures does not require multi-million dollar programs; instead, small actions by each employee- from Custodian to CEO- matter more and have the biggest impact. Heffernan shows that throughout history, it has been systemic barriers, such as failure to speak up, hoarding information etc., that become the cause for disasters. Therefore, to truly create a culture where information is shared and collaboration is facilitated means empowering everyone within an organization to have-…Learn More
An Ethical Systems Book Review BY JOSHUA ELLE Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Successby Adam GrantPenguin Group (2013) (public library)Summarized by Joshua Elle Overview Adam Grant combines personal accounts and contemporary research, both made readily accessible, to build a case for thinking of people as takers, matchers, and givers. He shows how givers tend to rise to the top of the success ladder. Application to Ethical SystemsGrant tells us how to foster an environment that (1) supports givers, (2) encourages matchers and takers to transform into givers, and (3) precludes or eliminates takers altogether. He provides a strong foundation…Learn More
Maintaining a healthy workplace in the waning days of the pandemic Photo by Ivan Samkov from Pexels As the economy begins to recover, your business may need to bring in more staff. But the risk of illness is still real, and it's important to show strong and principled leadership to keep your workforce healthy. Here are some steps to lead on workplace safety. 1. Follow CDC guidelines and local mandates Even though vaccinations are underway, it will be quite some time before we reach a strong immunity level for the general population. Until then, it's as important as ever to follow guidelines from…Learn More
Leadership researcher Christine Porath looks at how workplace incivility damages productivity and employee retention. Watch this video for insights about the cost of incivility and how basic respect improve workplace culture. https://www.ted.com/talks/christine_porath_why_being_respectful_to_your_coworkers_is_good_for_businessLearn More
Principled leaders articulate their values, make decisions guided by their values and consistently model their values. Q: How can my business build a strong organizational culture of ethics? A: There are three key pillars to building and maintaining an ethical business culture: principled leadership, equitable systems and ethical citizenship. Principled leaders articulate their values, make decisions guided by their values and consistently model their values. Principled leaders can be identified at any level of an organization. Individuals in positions of authority within an organization should most certainly be virtuous persons with principles that drive their action. Because humans have a psychological…Learn More
Learn ways that a company can give back to the community Q: How do I add a philanthropic aspect to my business? A: Many business owners choose to pursue philanthropy in addition to their commercial goals. Businesses can advance their charitable interests in many ways. Some businesses give a portion of their profits to charitable projects. For example, Target donates money to local needs as well as to national charities, such as Feeding America and St. Jude Hospital. Target also offers grants for school field trips and soccer programs. These programs raise Target’s community profile. Businesses may promote employee volunteerism.…Learn More
Five "gestures of respect" may determine whether they do or not In the fall of 2015, as an ethnographer who helps organizations understand how their audiences see the world, I was asked by Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) to examine how consumers think about interactions with businesses. Ultimately, the goal was to define what a better business is and to garner best practices that businesses can follow to be deemed noteworthy in the eyes of the consumer. My research would end up complementing research CBBB conducted separately on what it means to be a better business. To gain an…Learn More