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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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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... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Ethics Sage
Thanks. Keep reading.
Wee fraud is everywhere so I'm no longer that shocked about it affecting colleges and universities.
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How and Why to Discuss Ethics in the Classroom How should we think and talk about moral issues with our youngsters: pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults? The first way to discuss these issues is from the perspective of The Golden Rule, a long-standing moral compass for societies. This ancient Greek... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Is it Worth the Risk? Dating in the workplace can be fraught with danger. Objectively, navigating the normal dating world can be hard enough, but it gets a lot more complicated for couples that work together. Imagine if a boss dates a subordinate. Can the boss fairly evaluate the performance... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Workplace Ethics Advice
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“The Only Thing You Can Do to Make Catfish Edible is Fry Them” You’re probably wondering why I used this quote by Blake Shelton, an American country-western singer and song writer. Shelton obviously was thinking about eating catfish not engaging in it as online behavior. Still, the saying seems to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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“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,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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Situational Ethics is Problematic on College Campuses Situational Ethics was pioneered by Joseph Fletcher. In situational ethics, right and wrong depend upon the facts of each situation rather than societal or cultural norms. There are no universal moral rules or rights – each case is unique and deserves a unique... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Building a More Civil Society Through Civil Discourse The Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary defines civility as polite, reasonable, and respectful behavior. Linda Fisher Thornton, a leading voice in ethical leadership, suggests that “these behaviors are the ones we use when we treat others with care,” thereby linking civility with ethical behavior... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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Virtue + Practical Wisdom = Human Flourishing We gain practical wisdom through the choices we make in life. Aristotle refined the idea of practical wisdom in his classic book, Nicomachean Ethics. Ethics, said Aristotle, was not mainly about establishing moral rules and following them. It was about performing a particular... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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Elder Fraud is a Growing Problem There are countless seniors today who play a vital role in the workforce. Unfortunately, there are many aging myths out there that suggest seniors are unable to work as well, as hard or as often as younger adults. These myths are not only completely... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Do You Value, Values? Values are basic and fundamental beliefs that guide or motivate attitudes or actions. They help us to determine what is important to us. Values describe the personal qualities we choose to embody to guide our actions; the sort of person we want to be; the manner... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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Honesty Builds Trust; Trust Builds Integrity This blog was written by Paul Trevino from King Investigators. You can contact Paul at the email address below for additional information. There will always be employees who will hate their job, maybe because it is not what they were expecting. They are basically... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Words of Wisdom from the Ethics Sage Do you care about others or are you a selfish individual? Do you accept responsibility for your actions or blame others for bad things that happen to you? Do you love others unconditionally or expect something in return? These are some of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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Weighing Alternative Courses of Action I’m frequently asked whether it is ethical to take credit for the work done by a co-worker. The purpose of this blog is to share my knowledge on the issue and provide food for ‘ethical thought.’ It is based on the following case study. Assume... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Margaret, these are good points and well said. I just wonder what will happen if everyone asks someone or another to leave their restaurant because they don't like the message of the offensive guest. Where will it all stop? Should we be concerned about it?
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The Moral Challenge of Choosing Between Right and Wrong Integrity is an often misunderstood value and that’s the reason it is reasonable to ask whether it is always a moral value. The dictionary defines it as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” That’s fine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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How to Explain an Employment Gap on Your Resume This blog was first published on July 10 but contained an inaccurate reference to the blue frog, instead of the blog frog, which has been corrected. My Workplace Ethics Advice blog is listed on the site, theblogfrog.com, as a career resource.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Pursuing Greater Happiness and Meaning in Life “Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” – Source Dennis Prager What is Ethics? This past Monday I blogged about the Buddhist "Enlightened Path,"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Harold, I'm glad you will use the blog. I hope it helps stimulate classroom discussion.
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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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Barb, well said. Incivility seems to occur with increasing frequency throughout society today and certainly can infect the workplace through rude and disrespectful behaviors.
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Should St. John’s University (Minnesota) Return the $300,000 Lindmark Endowment? This is an updated blog posted on my website earlier this week. It’s an intriguing question. When should a university be forced to return an endowment because it hasn’t been used for the designated purpose? A case in point is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Weber Shandwick Survey Results Seem Unrealistic An annual poll on civility in society by Weber Shandwick continues to show that a vast majority of Americans – 93 percent – identify a civility problem in society, with most classifying it as a “major” problem (69 percent). Despite this high-level of dissatisfaction... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice