Four People play the telephone game

The first step for making a good ethical decision is accurately identifying and weighing all considerations of an issue. To determine the best course of action, principled leaders must evaluate problems through an ethical perspective as well as a business perspective. Using ethical frameworks can guide decision-makers, and when practiced regularly, the ethical choice becomes an automatic consideration when faced with any dilemma.


A Christmas Carol and the Common Good

Take a deeper look at a beloved classic This holiday season, the University of St. Thomas and the Guthrie Theater…

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3 Ways to Uproot a Culture of Corruption

Corruption is theft, pure and simple. Corruption is a constant threat in Kenya, says social entrepreneur Wanjira Mathai -- and…

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Deans Professional: Professional ethics in practice

Better Business Bureau Ethics TORCH Award Finalist. Used with kind permission of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota &…

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BBB Better Series: Upside thinking

What does it mean to think upside down or to see the world completely differently than you are told to…

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The business case for working with your toughest critics

Former Vice President of Sustainability at McDonald's Bob Langert spoke at the 2019 Ted Summit about how he worked with…

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Where conduct is king

The National Blues Museum strikes the right chord with its business practices. In this video, Jacqueline K. Dace, Director of…

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Building a trusted brand is good for business

Creating a successful brand image is about finding what’s authentic to your company and letting it come through in your…

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Practical Guidance

The difference between being “not racist” and anti-racist

Author and historian Ibram X. Kendi discusses the critical difference and how you can be part of the change There is no such thing as being "not racist," says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world -- and replace it with love. (This virtual interview, hosted by TED's current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers…

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A New Year: Resolutions or Resolve?

Don't wait to become a principled leader Photo by Talita Freire on Unsplash The world population generally agrees that 2020 was less than stellar. The pandemic created many reasons for people to put off their plans. Millions delayed travel, rescheduled celebrations, and set aside their to-do lists. In business, difficult times provide a rationale to put off hard decisions or lofty aspirations. But as the Greek Stoic Epictetus said, "Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself." While some day-to-day activity is slowed or even stopped by a pandemic, that is no excuse to delay good leadership. A leader must…

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Ten Characteristics of Servant Leadership

Robert Greenleaf's concept of "servant leadership" prioritizes the well-being of the team, rather than focusing solely on achievement. This short video identifies 10 characteristics central to the development of servant leadership. An effective servant leader builds better organizations and promotes justice and empathy in the larger world. This video originally appeared on YouTube on June 30, 2020. Used by kind permission of Gregg Learning. Please visit Gregg Learning on YouTube and Facebook.

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Overcoming Obstacles: Attitude and Approach are Answers to Pains and Problems

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”―William Shakespear In his book, The Obstacle Is the Way, Ryan Holiday (2014) shares the wisdom of Stoicism* (a Greek philosophy) and ancient Stoics to help readers “accomplish the very specific and increasingly urgent goal we all share: overcoming obstacles. Mental obstacles. Physical obstacles. Emotional obstacles. Perceived obstacles” (Holiday, 2014, p. 5). *Stoicism is “about acknowledging our emotions, reflecting on what causes them, and redirecting them for our own good. It is about keeping in mind what is and what is not under our control, focusing our efforts on the…

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Where bosses can find coaching and other leadership education

There are more options than you might expect for leaders looking to improve their game. Q: When you are the boss, where do you go for coaching? A: There are more options than you might expect for leaders looking to improve their game. Assessments, peer circles and one-on-one coaching all can be valuable resources to build skills. I often guide leaders to use a combination of these tools to help them identify their leadership and growth priorities and set goals. Assessments come in many forms — some are similar to online quizzes and others might be delivered by a certified…

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Identifying and training ethical leaders

The Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI) recently released a report, “Ethical Leadership Around the World and Why It Matters,” as part of its Global Business Ethics Survey. Among the results, researchers found that ethical leadership is key to lowering ethics and compliance risk. Unfortunately, they also found that leaders tend to have a more positive perception of their own and their organization’s integrity and ethical behavior than their employees do. Fortunately, leaders, with the support of L&D organizations, can take steps to improve their ethical leadership skills. What Is Ethical Leadership? Mike Esterday, CEO of Integrity Solutions, defines ethical leadership…

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A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.

Douglas MacArthur