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Cultivating Practical Wisdom

Virtue + Practical Wisdom = Human Flourishing We gain practical wisdom through the choices we make in life. Aristotle refined the idea of practical wisdom in his classic book, Nicomachean Ethics. Ethics, said Aristotle, was not mainly about establishing moral rules and following them. It was about performing a particular... Read more →


What are Values?

Do You Value, Values? Values are basic and fundamental beliefs that guide or motivate attitudes or actions. They help us to determine what is important to us. Values describe the personal qualities we choose to embody to guide our actions; the sort of person we want to be; the manner... Read more →


Is Integrity a Moral Value?

The Moral Challenge of Choosing Between Right and Wrong Integrity is an often misunderstood value and that’s the reason it is reasonable to ask whether it is always a moral value. The dictionary defines it as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” That’s fine... Read more →


Being Ethical Can Enhance Your Well-Being

Pursuing Greater Happiness and Meaning in Life “Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” – Source Dennis Prager What is Ethics? This past Monday I blogged about the Buddhist "Enlightened Path,"... Read more →


Was it Right for Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be Asked to Leave a Restaurant?

Beware of the Ethical Slippery Slope You probably read that Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in rural Virginia last Saturday. The thought process that was in play when owner Stephanie Wilkinson decided to ask Sanders to leave is disturbing. She thought about the decisions Trump made and... Read more →


Set Your Moral Compass True North

On Being an Ethical Person When your moral compass is headed true North, you will know you are on the right path to ethical decision-making. By placing moral in front of compass we create a clear vision of the mental processes that point us in an ethical direction. Using the... Read more →


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 →