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How to Rebuild Corporate Trust
by Dr. Bob Deutsch

Recession, war and terrorism have shaken the pillars of American optimism. We, the people, are hesitantly scratching our heads and wondering how all this happened? We are justifiably cynical about the state of corporate sincerity. So how can the CEOs of America earn back the trust of the American people?

Eggs, Egg Cartons and Wrapping Paper
by Bruce Hamm

Ethics, eggs, egg cartons and wrapping paper? I know many of you might be asking yourselves, “What the heck is he talking about now?  How does this connect with ethics?”  Bear with me for a few minutes and I’ll explain what these ideas have in common with business ethics.

My Little Buddy
by Sloan Campbell
I have often joked with my family and others about ‘My Little Man’ and how he helps guide me through life, ringing alarm bells when things are wrong and sitting quietly or throwing a party when things go right. The correct term for my little buddy is my conscience and I have to admit I was shocked to find out how many people are aware of their little helper and choose to ignore him (or her).

Integrity First - Living the Honor Code in Business
by Waldo Waldman

Integrity First. It’s core value #1 of the U.S. Air Force … embraced by our leadership, taught in our training programs, and a symbol of the commitment and character of the men and women serving our country. I learned a valuable lesson about the true meaning of integrity after only serving several years in the Air Force. It wasn’t on a combat mission flying an F-16. It was during a training sortie I flew as a brand new instructor pilot, and I learned it flying solo.

Just Trust Me
by Peter de Jager

Without “trust” life is difficult. If this is obvious, and it is, then why do we seem to go out of our way to squander these benefits?

Ethics Risk Reduction - What You Can Do Right Now
by Christopher Bauer, Ph.D.

From day one, let employees know what your company stands for and what it means to bring your company's values to life.

Workplace Ethics - On the Decline?
by Dr. Freda Turner

A review of the literature reflects that a single person rarely is responsible for unethical scandals within an organization. Poor ethical behaviors are often the result of interaction among several individuals that have rationalized their values.

I'm Just an Employee, What Do I Have to Do With Company Ethics?
by Bruce A. Hamm

What do we have to do to meet ethical standards? How can we promote and live a principle based work-life?

My Ideal Ethics Position
by Bruce A. Hamm

Every company needs a chief guide for ethics and values. I want to be that person. I want to earn their trust so that they know they can come to me and get solid, practical advice about how to make their daily workplace ethical decisions.

A 'Preventive Maintenance' Approach to Ethics
by Christopher Bauer

How can corporate executives learn to see potential ethics problems far enough in advance to deal with them before they become the catastrophic financial, legal, and public relations nightmares we see so often?

Business Ethics: What Would You Do?
by Jeff Turner

Many companies are establishing a clear-cut code of ethics and infusing it into all aspects of their operations. With a well-supported code of business ethics running through the veins of the organization, every piece of the business sees results.

My Company Needs An Ethics Officer! Why?
by Bruce A. Hamm

Establishing acceptable ethics within an organization takes a unique set of skills many of which simply don't exist within an organization's pool of talent. Having a single point person responsible for educating the staff about ethics and managing ethics incidents is vital.

From Great Ideas to Great Practices!
by Bruce A. Hamm

How do you go from developing great ideas about ethics and what they mean, to an organization that actually lives those values? This article lays out general principles for how to do that.

Ethical Leadership: The State of the Art
by Herb Rubenstein

We cannot demand that all leadership consist of ethical leadership until we develop a solid theory and begin to define ethical leadership in positive terms, as opposed to today's set of "don't do's".

RTFQ
by Bruce A. Hamm

Look at the following questions (the answers are at the end of this article) and maybe RTFQ will make itself apparent. If not, I will explain both what RTFQ has to do with this list and how it all relates to ethics.

Getting the Board on Board
by Bruce A. Hamm
One very large area of risk more boards are confronting is ethics and how executives manage ethics at their companies. What do boards need to know to guide the company along the right path?

Business Ethics – Beyond Theory
by Patti D. Hill
Globalization and technological changes are frequently cited as the revolutions of our time. But there is also a third transformation - that of the rise of civic society and the increase in people making value-driven decisions.

Seven Steps to Create a Culture of Character
by Rebecca Barnett
Creating a culture of character begins with becoming crystal clear on who you are and what you value. Character-centered leadership becomes powerful when you can incorporate your core values into the organization's values.

The Search for Significance - Part One of Three
by Rebecca Barnett
In these times of dramatically declining investment portfolios and curtailed career paths, many professionals are searching for a new measure of success. Making the transition from success to significance is a long and uneven journey.

The Search for Significance - Part Two of Three
by Rebecca Barnett
The search for significance can come from an event so positive it transforms your life. Sometimes our success inspires us to use our platform and talents to create something bigger and more lasting than ourselves. We work to build things that endure, to leave a legacy.

The Search for Significance - Part Three of Three
by Rebecca Barnett
You have a platform - in your leadership role at work, in your activity in the community. You have a platform in your role as a parent and spouse. You have a privilege and responsibility to lead with honor and use your platform for great good.

A Conversation with Rebecca Barnett
Author of Winning Without Losing Your Way
Rebecca Barnett speaks about her experiences and insights - of 9/11, judo, character centered leadership, corporate loyalty, and living in the moment.

Business Ethics in a Global Marketplace
by Bruce A. Hamm

There are many points to consider when developing ethical standards for a global environment. Getting all our employees to accept appropriate ethical standards makes our companies stronger and we become better corporate citizens in the process.

Character-centered Leadership
by Rebecca Barnett

How can we restore confidence in our corporate leadership and faith in our financial markets? The answer to how can we fix this problem of corruption that threatens our financial markets is not what, but who. The answer is you and I. We can create a company culture where it matters to take a measure of a leader's character.

Corporate Ethics Programs: Inspiring the Workforce
by Bruce A. Hamm

Communicating the correct message is vital to achieving success when dealing with corporate values or ethics. These values need to engage employees in supporting and upholding them. The value statements need to touch the chord within the employees that will trigger their desire to do the right thing.

10 Simple Rules For Conducting Ethics Investigations
by Bruce A. Hamm
Ethics investigations can be quite complex and fraught with potential risks. Taking care with them will allow the company to avoid pitfalls in both a legal and human sense.

Establishing Corporate Ethics - Part 1
by Bruce A. Hamm
To determine what ethics we should adopt, we must first decide what ethics are or what being ethical means. In other words, what are the right ethics to have?

Establishing Corporate Ethics: Part 2
by Bruce A. Hamm

Recent events have significantly shaken consumer and investor confidence. As corporate citizens, we must continuously examine, refine and modernize our standards. In doing this, companies need not forsake the pursuit of profit. It is in everyone's interest to follow and foster ethics in the marketplace.

Want a Company You Can Be Truly Proud of? Try a Business Ethics Program
by Bruce A. Hamm

Business ethics are about the morally functional nature of our business relationships. Because these relationships are such an important part of daily life, as many current and former Enron employees can now attest, giving them the attention and care they deserve is crucial to an organization's success.

Moral Leadership: A Pipedream?
by Lawrence E. Wharton
The author contends that there are large, possibly huge, numbers of leaders at all levels acting immorally on a regular basis and that such leader behavior is both immoral and highly unproductive for the organization, seriously diminishing its ability to realize its vision.

Defining And Communicating Ethics In Your Business
from Ivy Sea Online
If you believe in the cyclical nature of intention and effort, checking in on ethics-related beliefs and behaviors can be an enriching and focusing tool for your group.

Related Topics: Creative Leadership I | II | III | Authenticity

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