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October 2010

Ethics in the Workplace

I was recently interviewed by NY Times reporter Eilene Zimmerman for her Career Couch column (couch@nytimes.com) in the October 24 Sunday Business section. She asked the question of her readers: Your boss has asked you to do something that seems unethical. How can you determine whether your suspicions are correct?... Read more →


Ethics Sage Press Release

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, October 29, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Ethics Sage was interviewed by NY Times reporter Eilene Zimmerman for an article on workplace ethics in the October 24 Sunday Business Times. The website link for this article is http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/24/jobs/24career.html. Employees often face ethical dilemmas in the workplace because they... Read more →


Civility in Congress

I previously wrote about the lack of civility in society and provided the results of a recent poll by the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College and Zogby International that found the majority of Americans say they are “turned off” when politics become “rude and nasty,” and 95 percent... Read more →


Juan Williams and NPR

The firing of Juan Williams by NPR is an example of political correctness run amok. The insensitivity in the way NPR handled the firing and subsequent apology by NPR President Vivian Schiller underscores that NPR doesn’t get it. The ethical issue is not whether NPR should have fired Williams. That... Read more →


Fannie, Freddie and Fraud

Fannie, Freddie and Fraud My last post was about the growing crisis in the mortgage industry that results from the subprime loans written by banks for homeowners who qualified for these mortgages only because of lax or nonexistent underwriting policies. Loans were made with little or no verification of income,... Read more →


Regulator for Fannie and Freddie

So, the federal regulator overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac hired a law firm specializing in litigation to help recoup billions of dollars on soured mortgage-backed securities purchased from banks and Wall Street firms. Fannie and Freddie purchased $227 billion on bonds backed by subprime and other risky loans in... Read more →


Mortgage Foreclosures

The efficiency of our free market system is based on trust and ethical practices. Recent disclosures about the use of “robo signers” to process thousands of documents in an inordinate period of time and without proper review of documentation prior to processing foreclosures illustrates how the system can break down... Read more →


California Budget

California Budget A new study from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) examines the costs of education, health care and incarceration of illegal aliens, and concludes that the costs to Californians is $10.5 billion per year. Among the key finding of the report are that the state's already struggling... Read more →


Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Greed is back! But now the mantra of the sequel to the movie Wall Street is: “It’s not about the money; it’s about the game.” The game is to be important and accumulate as much wealth as possible by beating the stock market. In other words, greed is still good... Read more →


Lost Art of Civility

By age sixteen, George Washington had copied out by hand, 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior In Company and Conversation. They are based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. The first rule is: “Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign... Read more →