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What to Make of the Cal Poly Blackface Incident

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion on College Campuses I taught at Cal Poly for ten years and found it to be a welcoming place that values its students as individuals and promotes equity, diversity and inclusion. Admittedly, this is from a faculty member’s point of view. The incident that occurred two... Read more →


Do the Ends Justify the Means?

A Machiavellian Perspective A characteristic behavior in today’s society is the belief that the ends justifies the means. This means actions people take are justified regardless of how they go about achieving their desired end result. For example, some students I have taught justified lying on their resume because it... Read more →


How Gen X Managers Can Prepare Millennials for Leadership

Performance Management is the 'Ticket' I have previously blogged about the values of Millennials and how to keep them engaged in the workplace. According to a study by the CAA Intelligence Group, 86 million millennials will be in the workplace by 2020—representing a full 40% of the total working population.... Read more →


Regaining Civility in the U.S.

We Have Lost Our Moral Compass Civility! We need to become a more civil nation. How many times have you heard it? Too many times. Forget civility, we need to become less rude in dealing with each other. We can't regain our civility until we realize we have become an... Read more →


What Should Be Done About Gun Violence?

It's Time to Stop the Madness Dozens of mass killings have occurred in a variety of locations during the past ten years in the U.S. Sadly, now we must add to the list the mass killing of 17 school children and wounding of 14 more last Wednesday by Nikolas Cruz... Read more →


'Pay to Play' Donations for College Sporting Events Are Unethical

Tax Reform Act Tackles a Thorny Ethical Issue In case you are not aware, the recently passed tax reform bill is likely to have a huge effect on funding college sports including the elimination of a tax break that benefits major athletic programs. Currently, donations made to certain booster clubs... Read more →


How to Be a Better Person in 2018

The Keys to Doing Good by Being Good You’re probably familiar with the expression: It’s not what you say – it’s how you say it. Communication is about content and delivery. Let’s take assertiveness, a behavioral characteristic that means to be forthright, positive, and insistence on the recognition of one’s... Read more →


How to Build a Workplace That Celebrates Differences

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Part II My Workplace Ethics Advice blog this past Monday addressed the issue of sexual harassment at Uber. The harassment case lodged by former engineer, Susan Fowler, was indicative of a workplace that gives lip service to the issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. In this... Read more →


American Exceptionalism Ethically Challenged

Is America Still a "Shining City Upon a Hill?" The question is whether American Exceptionalism is alive and well in 2017 as it was when the country was formed in 1776. I did blog about this several years ago and believe the time is right to revisit the issue. In... Read more →


Tax Reform Lacks a Heart, Soul, and Common Sense

Seeking Out the Unintended Consequences of Tax Reform The tax reform bills working their way through the House and Senate are unfair and ill-thought-out on many levels. The extent to which Republicans are trying to defend it speaks volumes about the public’s hesitancy to believe anything these politicians claim about... Read more →