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What is Office Politics?

Ethical Considerations This is the first of a two part blog on office politics. In this blog I examine what it is, how it manifests itself, and the ethics of office politics. My workplace ethics advice blog tomorrow will look at the effects of office politics in the workplace. Definition... Read more →


Is it Possible to Create a More Civil Society?

The Lost Art of Civility It seems today, more than ever before, we are witnessing uncivil behavior in a broad spectrum of society. We hear about basic rudeness; harsh words, expletives shouted at others, and seeking out others with whom we disagree to forcefully make our point or criticizing theirs.... Read more →


Is it Ever OK to Tell a White Lie?

Lie: Don’t Lie. What to Do??? According to Merriam-Webster, a white lie is “a lie about a small or unimportant matter that someone tells to avoid hurting another person.” According to relationship psychologist, Devon McDermott, quoted in a piece by Wendy Rose Gould on Business Insider website, “The biggest problem... Read more →


Free Trade, Immigration, and American Values

Has President Trump gone too far? Has President Donald Trump gone too far with his “America first” program? Is he ignoring the needs of other countries including our historic allies? Has Trump’s actions violated the very values we seek to aspire including fair treatment, empathy and caring and concern for... Read more →


How Do We Make Ethical Decisions? An Essay

Rest’s Model of Ethical Behavior How do we make ethical decisions? James Rest[1], a well-known cognitive-developmental researcher, developed a model of ethical behavior that is based on the presumption that there are four steps in moral development that lead to ethical action. Rest asserted that ethical actions are not the... Read more →


Ethics in Personal Life

Lessons Learned or Mistakes Not Corrected? I receive lots of emails from readers of my ethics blogs who look for advice on personal issues. They tell me that someone said something insulting or offended them in some way. They’re looking for guidance on how best to respond. Sometimes, I get... Read more →


The Ethics of ‘Ghosting’  

“If there’s something weird and it don’t look good, who you gonna call…?” Ghosting on the internet occurs when someone with whom you have established a relationship disappears from contact without any explanation at all. Perhaps it’s someone you just met on social media, communicated with several times, and then,... 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 →


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 →