Category: Workplace Ethics

The First Four-Letter Word A Child Learns…

Don’t worry, the first, four-letter word a child learns is likely not the one you are thinking. It’s “FAIR.” We understand from early childhood the difference between more or less, better or worse. I was reminded of this recently by one of our clients who challenged leaders in her company to

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More Than 50 Shades of Grey at Work – Part One

Colors mean a lot in our workplaces. They can symbolize issues, groups, and messages. Think of black, white, pink, red, and green, and, more than likely, several associations will quickly come to mind. Green means “go” or “money” or “environmentally conscious.” Most color associations are fairly easy to come up

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What’s Cooking In Savannah – Paula Deen in the Fire

Last week, the Food Network announced it would not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of June.  Her dismissal occurred after she admitted using racial slurs in a pre-trial deposition involving a lawsuit filed by a former employee. She may be the first Southern chef to

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The Final Four Verdict — Rutgers Fouls Out

When the Final Four landed in Atlanta this year, I got a chance to experience the Tournament’s excitement up close with my cousin Michael and his son Dan who came to town to sell team souvenirs and network. They introduced me to their friends – coaches, former players, and devoted

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Does Stealing Attention Violate Your Code of Conduct?

Codes of conduct cover just about everything – what you can say and can’t; what gifts are acceptable and aren’t; relationships that are proper and those that cross the line.  They span a wide swath of legal and operational territory. So let me suggest one more rule to prevent workplace

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Georgia March Madness Meets Watergate

For many Georgia lawyers, March Madness has two meanings. It’s the month when our attention moves to the NCAA basketball tournament. It’s also the deadline for us to complete our prior year’s twelve hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) to maintain our Georgia Bar licenses.  So sometime in March, many of

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Lance’s Lot –The Cost of Fraud

My son John and I stood several layers of people deep near the Champs Elysees on July 29, 2001 – one of the best days of my life. We had flown to Paris the day before for a bike trip in France which by lucky coincidence coincided with the final

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Knit Picking in Amsterdam

Scandal, turf wars, political intrigue.  Those were the subjects of the conversation two weeks ago between me and two American colleagues now living in Amsterdam.  The presidential elections recently over, the Petraeus scandal now breaking, the BBC reeling from a scandal of its own, the US peering over the edge of

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Scandal Reflex: More Training For Them

I was visiting with my friend last week just as two scandals broke.  We watched the headlines –Lockheed Martin’s incoming CEO, Christopher Kubasik, resigned his position as a result of having a “close personal relationship” with a subordinate. General David Petraeus’ resignation as Director of the CIA hit the news

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