Category: Workplace Ethics

Food for Thought from Fox

Yesterday morning, I wrote a short blog concluding that Fox News would likely face long-term reputational damage if it allowed Bill O’Reilly to continue hosting The O’Reilly Factor. Before I could post it, Fox announced the end of O’Reilly’s twenty-year career with the network. As a broadcast superstar, Bill O’Reilly

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Civil Treatment® Insight – Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying gradually undermines an individual’s self-esteem and confidence. Unlike constructive criticism, bullying in the workplace has the effect of further damaging a person’s performance (rather than helping to improve it). In order to reduce workplace bullying, leadership must build a culture that revolves around its goals, ethics and values. Watch this

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Why Culture Trumps Compliance

On July 30th, the Wall Street Journal reported the following on a recent meeting of the New York Fed: “Thomas Baxter, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the New York Fed, stressed at the outset of his remarks that he was only speaking for himself, but he pointedly critiqued company culture,

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Is My Life Worth a Buck?

Is my life worth a buck? That’s what many owners of the Cobalt and other General Motors products must be asking themselves now. Surely, that’s the last question GM wants its customers to raise as they decide which vehicle will be their next purchase. This week, a several year old

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Why Wait For the Law? Stop Bullying Now.

I recently participated in a webcast discussing current workplace issues which included bullying or abusive conduct.  So far, such behavior, however defined or named, has not been recognized as illegal at the state or federal level.  Generally, these and other programs I have participated in mostly consider whether workplace bullying is an

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Tackling Offensive Conduct – Inside and Out of The Locker Room

The NFL has released its investigative report arising out of Jonathan Martin’s claim that his teammates’ abuse forced him to leave the Miami Dolphins last November.  Lawyers from a prestigious outside firm spoke with more than a hundred witnesses, reviewed thousands of texts and emails, examined practices and policies and made factual

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Power Hungry in Today’s Workplace

We sat next to each other, our phones and tablets spread out in front of us. We hadn’t met or spoken. But we shared the same need: we were both hungry for power. We had a long flight ahead of us, a great time to catch up on emails, listen

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Jocks, Profs and Docs

There’s a locker room full of facts yet to surface surrounding Jonathan Martin’s departure from the Miami Dolphins. The second-year lineman claims to have been bullied, threatened, and harassed by Richie Incognito, a veteran teammate who played next to him on the offensive line. Martin is 320 pounds, a powerful

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Can Ethical Behavior Be Taught?

Recently, I’ve found myself speaking to several professional groups about whether and how ethics and professionalism can be taught. The good news is that yes, these subjects can be — e.g., the content can be delivered to students through instruction.  But, there’s more to consider than simply teaching these concepts.

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