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Steven Mintz
United States
My ethics knowledge and wisdom gives me a unique perspective on accounting and business ethics, fraud and whistle-blowing, societal and workplace ethics issues.
Interests: Reading, writing, blogging, ethics advice, traveling, eating, sports
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Why Did A-list Actresses Stay Silent About Sexual Abuse? Harvey Weinstein’s move to the dark side started with actress Ashley Judd back in 1997 during the filming of “Kiss the Girls.” How appropriate given that at least 40 women have now come out and told their truth about sexual harassment,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ethics Sage
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How Best to Teach Cross-cultural Communication and Multicultural Studies The hot topic on college campuses is whether issues surrounding equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) should be included in the college curriculum and, if so, how should it be incorporated into the curriculum. These issues have grown in importance because of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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ASL Group UK recognized my writings under the screen name, Ethics Sage, as one of its top 17 business efficiency organizations that deal with workplace issues. Visit my workplace ethics advice blog to see the advice I have provided and link to my website to find out more about my... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ethics Sage
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Common Sense Ethics is a Lost Art I’m always amused when people tell me that ethics on social media is an oxymoron. I can’t disagree but that doesn’t mean we should nevertheless ignore its importance. Our social media practices define our character in the sense of not lying to others... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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What Should Government Regulators Do? In my last blog I examined the bewildering action by the IRS to award a $7.25 million-dollar contract to Equifax to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract. This is nothing less than rewarding bad behavior. In this blog I look... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Why Did the IRS pay Equifax $7.25 Million to Help Prevent Fraud? It’ s hard to believe the IRS will give Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract. What were they thinking? Alas, the IRS wasn’t thinking because if it was, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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“Adidas Gate” Makes a Mockery of Collegiate Sports Ethics I have previously blogged about sports ethics[1] and how colleges and universities are becoming increasingly involved in highly questionable, if not unethical, actions that tarnish the reputation of collegiate sports. A few years ago, it was disclosed that for 18 years,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Richard, thanks for making excellent points in response to Guru's comments.
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Dear Friends: I am proud to inform my readers and other interested parties that my blogs have been recognized as one of the top 100 philosophy blogs (#46) by Feedspot and in the list of the 30 exceptional CSR (corporate social responsibility) blogs by Market Inspector. I have recently expanded... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Instilling a Moral Purpose in Education Increasingly, college students encounter ethical dilemmas on the job because of workplace conflicts, social media challenges, and pressures from superiors to deviate from ethical norms. Students need a framework to help them reason through these situations so that they focus on what's most important... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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The Role of Civil Discourse in Higher Education If you’re like me, you shake your head almost daily at the increasing number of instances of a lack of civil discourse on college campuses. Whether it’s preventing speakers from sharing their views, shouting them down to prevent others from hearing those... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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How to Build an Ethical Culture in Your Organization A strong work ethics builds confidence that employees will do what it takes to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner. It illustrates a dedication to one’s employer and its goals, a commitment to organizational values, and a determination to get... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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What is the Role of Higher Education? Today, I begin the third of my blogs, Higher Ed Ethics Watch. Some of you have read my ethics sage blog that addresses a variety of ethical issues facing society. Others are readers of workplace ethics advice that deals with business ethics in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Toni: Excellent attitude. I couldn't agree more. Steve
Thanks for your comment. The item you refer to came from the same citation as the referenced Corporate Compliance Insights. I should have referenced a second time and now have reissued the blog with that citation.
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How Should Companies Monitor Social Media Use? This blog was first posted in February 2016, but takes on a new meaning given the increasing use of social media in the workplace and need for companies to set limits for employee use. The blog has been updated to reference best practices... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Are Colleges and Universities Serving the Public Good? We've all heard about it. Campus speakers get shouted down or prevented from speaking. Academic freedom is under attack. Students congregate in safe spaces to prevent violence against them for their politically incorrect views and colleges are becoming sanctuary campuses, all the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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Civility and Ethics Go Hand in Hand If you’re like me, you shake your head almost daily at the increasing number of instances of a lack of civil discourse on college campuses. Whether it’s preventing speakers from sharing their views, shouting them down to prevent others from hearing those views,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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Avoid the Ethical Slippery Slope You know how it starts. You tell a lie and then feel pressured to continue down that road to defend your statement or decision even though you know in your gut the initial decision was wrong. Maybe you shade the truth to prevent an improper... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Are Women More Difficult to Work With? From time to time I post a guest blog to inform my readers of important developments in the workplace. Today’s blog is an important one because the workplace environment can be a pleasing place or one that is unsatisfying depending on the way... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Family and Business Entanglements Threatens our Democratic Process It’s been more than seven months since Donald Trump began his presidency and it seems just about every ethics rule has been broken, starting with avoiding conflicts of interest, or at least they have been so bent out of shape as to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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Seek Meaning, not Happiness, to Achieve a Well-Lived Life Wanting and valuing happiness is an important prerequisite to the pursuit of happiness. However, some studies indicate that while happiness can be a good thing, pursuing happiness might actually be bad for us. Psychologist Adam Grant suggests that some people look... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Ethics Sage
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Report from PayScale About Tech Employees' and Job Satisfaction From time to time I publish a guest post and believe this one will be of interest to young adults and Millennials entering the workforce, especially in the technology field. The piece was provided by Robert Lovell of PayScale. PayScale, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Why Not Embed Microchips into All of Us? Perhaps you’ve heard that a Wisconsin company, Three Square Market (32M), is offering to implant its employees with a RFID microchip the size of a grain of rice. It’s already gone viral. The chip functions as an NFC-powered multi-purpose key / credit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Ruben, this is a good example of when a company doesn't promote ethical behavior in the interests of expediency and profits. It is challenging to do the right thing in such an environment.