Category: Workplace Ethics

Bullying, Power and Safety

I sat in front of the audience last week participating as a panelist on workplace bullying. The Atlanta Diversity Management Advocacy Group (ADMAG), sponsored the session held at Georgia Power, our local utility and a long-time client. Conrado Marion-Landais, representing our host, walked to the podium, welcomed the audience and

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Legality, Civility, Productivity

I spoke with a distinguished executive who has a key role in leading fair employment initiatives for a major federal agency. She told me her organization is dealing with a range of disturbing leadership and workplace issues affecting morale and productivity. Generally, they involve supervisors who scream, yell, slam books,

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Blinded by Human Nature and Compliance

We all like to think we’d act quickly and effectively to stop ongoing, illegal, dangerous, or unethical acts once we had notice or a whiff of knowledge of improper behavior.  That’s one reason why the apparent inaction of many in the face of allegedly cruel, sadistic, and criminal conduct at

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We Act at Penn State

You’re about to cross the street. Someone’s pre-teen daughter jumps the curb as a car speeds toward her. You grab her arm and pull her to safety. Your neighbor runs to your back door – there’s been an accident down the street; someone’s hurt. You call 911. You go outside

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The Cross-Examination

Lawyers have a useful tool when preparing witnesses to testify, especially if they have concerns about what they will say or how defensible they’ll sound.  They’ll assume the role of opposing counsel and ask the tough questions that go to the heart of the case.  This often causes the staunchest

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Why Global Workplace Standards Matter

Technology’s advantages and risks affect us every day in ways that we could not have imagined at the millennium’s start. I’ve been thinking about this while watching Japan’s catastrophe unfold. Two major technological forces are intersecting with the growth of global workplaces heightening the need and benefit of having some

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Work is Not a Talk Show

Former cable news anchor Rick Sanchez, and radio talk show hosts [Dr.] Laura Schlesinger and Don Imus have a lot in common. All three lost (Sanchez and Imus) or surrendered (Schlesinger) their broadcasting jobs in the wake of hurtful, mean-spirited comments. Schlesinger and Imus made derogatory racial comments on their radio shows. Sanchez hurled demeaning

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It's Time for Oracle to Update Its Code of Conduct and Values

Last week, Oracle announced that it had hired Mark Hurd as one of the software giant’s presidents and a member of its Board of Directors. The move came a month after Hurd’s dismissal from Hewlett-Packard. This is a stunning, perhaps unparalleled, reversal of CEO fortunes. While Hurd’s undeniable business talents are not in question, Oracle’s

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