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 →


Challenges of Operating a Cannabis Business

Is it Legal or Illegal? I have previously blogged about regulatory and ethical issues surrounding the use of cannabis based on whether states have adopted “compassionate use” laws that permit the sale of marijuana for medical purposes. I have also written on the sale for recreational purposes. In this blog... Read more →


The Lost Art of Listening

Values-based Listening Skills for More Productive Relationships My values or your values? No longer do we act as a society on time-tested core values of honesty, respect and personal responsibility. Today, it seems everyone wants to pick and choose what is important to themselves. Some may say there is nothing... Read more →


Artificial Intelligence (AI) Changing the Way Audits Are Conducted

Data Gathering Controls Can Enhance the Process Artificial intelligence (AI) broadly refers to technologies that make machines “smart.” AI continues the trend in advancement of technology that has unleashed the practical applications, many of which can enhance the decision-making process. AI is powered by algorithms, and algorithms are driven by... Read more →


Fraud in Organizations

ACFE 2018 Study Published Fraud can be defined as a deliberate misrepresentation to gain an advantage over another party. Fraud comes in many different forms, including fraud in financial statements, the misappropriation of assets (theft) and subsequent cover-up, and disclosure fraud. In this blog I examine the results of a... 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 →


What is the Ethical Message of Trump's Presidency

Teaching Ethics in the Era of Trump What is the ethical message of the Trump Presidency so far? Some may say it’s making poor choices of managers and agency heads because so many cabinet and other officials have resigned or been fired. Others might point to family ties to outside... Read more →