Why Do Good People Sometimes Do Bad Things?

The Role of Cognitive Dissonance Have you ever wondered why people you know who seem to be paragons of virtue sometimes deviate from ethical norms and do the wrong thing? Just about everybody knows such a person. But, what causes them to act that way in a particular situation? I... Read more →


Trump’s Final Days in Office

The Absentee President To say President Trump has checked out since he lost the 2020 election is an understatement. Since the final tallies were completed, and it was clear Trump lost the election (at least in everyone’s mind but his own), he has failed to carry out his responsibilities as... Read more →


Situational Ethics is Killing America

Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide??? Yesterday's insurgency at the U.S. Capitol demonstrates why situational ethics is killing America. No civilized society would condone the storming of the U.S. Capitol. How do we explain it? A small group of people thought it was the right thing to do. Following numerous... Read more →


Ethics Shoved Aside in the West Point Cheating Scandal

Cheating Cadets Allowed to Play the Liberty Bowl I have previously blogged about cheating scandals at the Navy and Air Force. We can add the cheating scandal at West Point where 73 Army Cadets are accused of cheating on a calculus final exam in May 2020. Of the 73 cadets,... Read more →


Cheesecake Factory Sanctioned by the SEC over its Disclosures About Covid-19

Accounting and Ethics Guidance Overview In the first enforcement action of its kind, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says The Cheesecake Factory falsely claimed its restaurants were "operating sustainably" during the pandemic and it failed to disclose the whole truth about the impact on its business. According to the... Read more →


Has Trump Been a Good CEO?

The Moral of His Story Imagine that you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company and a large number of advisors and top officials were either fired or resigned during your four-year tenure. Does that indicate a problem with those top officials or you as the CEO? During Donald... Read more →