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Personal Development and Ethical Behavior

What Makes it More Difficult to Act Ethically? Many behaviors make it difficult to act ethically including pursuing one’s own interests while harming others, narcissistic behavior, and a lack of compassion and empathy for others. I examine in this blog three challenges to ethical behavior in our personal relationships, workplace... Read more →


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 →


Do You Have Meaningful Relationships in Your Life?

C-A-T-E-R To Another Person’s Needs This blog extends the discussion in my previous blog on meaning in life to address developing meaningful relationships. Meaning in life refers to whether one’s actions are worthwhile and are accompanied by a sense of value in one’s accomplishments. Meaningful relationships can build self-esteem and... Read more →


Do You Lead a Meaningful Life?

The Keys to a Life Well-Lived “Living a meaningful life is all about connecting and contributing to something bigger than you are.” -- Emily Esfahani Smith What am I here for? How can I lead a meaningful life? When do I feel fulfilled? People have been debating these existential questions... Read more →


Has Ghosting Become an Acceptable Standard of Behavior?

Why Ghosting Can Be Harmful to Your Health I have previously blogged about the ethics of ghosting. I revisit the issue in this blog because I just read a piece about a college student who developed an “exit survey” for those who ghosted her online after dating. She asked questions... Read more →


Are You Courageous and is it a Good Thing?

What is Moral Courage? Courage. What is it? Is it bravery? Is it the strength of one’s convictions? Is it the same as integrity? Is it an ethical value that we all should aspire to achieve? Ayn Rand said in her classic book The Fountainhead that “Integrity is the ability... 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 →


Ethics is About What You Do When No One is Looking

Should You Keep Extra Money From an ATM? A good philosophy to live by is stated as follows: “Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching." This partial quote from Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), an American author and philosopher, instructs us to act in ways that... Read more →