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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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How Can We Live Our Lives in Accordance with Virtue? The Greek fable has been used to teach ethics for ages. They date back to the mid-6th century BCE. Aesop’s Fables are the world’s best known collection of morality tales. The fables, numbering 725, were originally told from person-to-person as much for entertainment purposes but largely as a means for relaying or teaching a moral or lesson. The Greek fable is a brief and simple fictitious story with a constant structure, generally with animal protagonists, which gives a meaningful message on practical ethics that also conveys a moral message. These... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ethics Sage
Maslow’s Hierarchy Can Serve as the Basis for Workplace Culture I have previously blogged about millennials and their workplace needs. This blog updates an earlier one and discussed information provided by Loyalty Works. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs has been around a long time. It describes the basic needs of individuals... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Workplace Ethics Advice
Individual Rights versus a Communitarian Ethic There are many arguments that have been raised for and against legalizing marijuana as I addressed in my last blog. In this blog, I focus on the morality of marijuana use, rather than the law. Most of the arguments against marijuana are centered on the use of the drug for escapism and pleasure. Is it morally right or wrong to be high? Providing a solution to this dilemma is not as easy as pointing out the wrongness of crimes such as murder or rape. Therefore, the marijuana debate cannot be held on similar platforms... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Ethics Sage
I'm glad you think so.
Thanks, Maryjane. I try to make my blogs informative and interesting. Steve
Toggle Commented May 18, 2017 on What Ethics is and is Not at Ethics Sage
Penelope: You make a good point. Thanks for your contribution. Steve Mintz
Thanks, Mary Jane. Keep reading my blogs and other site: Mintz
United, Delta, and American Learning a Lesson in Responsibility Let’s face it. We’re all fed up with the airlines and our treatment on planes. We didn’t need three incidents to remind us about it. We are oftentimes shocked by the coldness of gate attendants and onboard staff. We’re repulsed by... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Witson: I agree. Trust is the basis for business and establishing organizational controls. Steve Mintz
Marijuana Legalization at Historic Highs This is the first of a two-part series of blogs on marijuana use. Given that an increasing number of states now permit its use for both medical and recreational use, it is a good time to look at both the legal and ethical issues whether the use of marijuana is (or should be) permissible and under what circumstances. In this blog, I will address the legal issues. I’ll look at the ethical issues in my next blog. One of the more controversial areas in society is whether marijuana use should be permitted from a legal... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Ethics Sage
These are good points. My concern with workplace dating is when one of the two parties has performance evaluation obligations over the other. There may be an "appearance" of bias and possible sexual harassment claims if the relationship goes south.
How Can We Determine the Right Action to Take? This is the first of a series of blogs on modern ethics philosophies. Ethics deals with standards of behavior that define how a person should act. Ethics does not describe how we do act. Ethics deals with questions such as: What sort of person do I want to be. One view of ethics is Deontology. The foremost deontologist is Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). In Kantian ethics, the morality of an action is determined based on the reasons for our actions. Kant applied a “categorical imperative” to determine the moral validity for a... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Pay it Forward Not everyone associates ethics with kindness. We think of it as part of good manners or civility. Yet, treating others with kindness evokes The Golden Rule – to treat others the way you want to be treated. One example of how we can take tangible actions to treat others with kindness is to “Pay it Forward.” April 28 is ‘Pay it Forward’ Day. Pay it Forward is a global initiative that exists to make a difference by creating a string of kind actions felt across the world. The idea is even small acts, when multiplied by millions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Ethics Sage
What are Starbuck’s Corporate Social Responsibilities? I can recall back in December 2015 when Starbucks came out with the “red cup” to celebrate Christmas with its customers. The idea was when you went to the store and bought that tall coffee or a venti-sized Pumpkin Spiced Latte, the baristas would... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Cyberbullying Destroys the Culture of an Organization Workplace bullying refers to repeated, unreasonable actions of individuals (or a group) directed towards an employee (or group of employees), which are intended to intimidate, degrade, humiliate, or undermine, or which create a risk to the health or safety of the employee(s) including... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
What Could United Have Done Differently? Last week we all watched as a United Airlines customer, Dr. David Dao, was dragged off the plane by an airport security officer because he was one of four passengers “chosen” to be kicked off to allow crew members to work another flight or risk cancellation. United claimed the four passengers were randomly selected. United acted in its perceived self-interest without regard to how it affected the customer who wanted to stay on the plane. The company’s decision was short-sighted, as many unethical decisions are. Other passengers were horrified by the incident. The public’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Maslow’s Hierarchy Can Serve as the Basis for Workplace Culture Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs has been around a long time. It describes the basic needs of individuals to be happy and fulfilled in life. It can also be used to describe the expectations of employees from their work experience. Millennials... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Greek Virtue, Self-Actualization, and Happiness To the ancient Greeks, happiness is the end goal of life. Virtuous behavior contributes to moral excellence. Moral excellence can contribute to a happy life. Thus, being a moral person is essential to living a life of happiness. A person achieves happiness by possessing the dispositions (i.e., tendencies) to make the right choice at the right time in the right way. Morality applies to one’s personal beliefs and choices in life. Ethics is a set of rules that contribute to leading a moral life. We can view ethical behavior as a pathway to achieve a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Social Entrepreneurship a Key Value Millennials Seek in the Workplace Millennials are the first generation to make The Triple Bottom Line a core value in the workplace. They want to work for companies that have a balanced approach to success. They are committed to the three-prong approach to ethics to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
What is Character? Character is the sum of qualities that define a person. These qualities include one’s intellect, thoughts, ideas, motives, intentions, temperament, judgment, behavior, imagination, perception, emotions, loves, and hates. Character manifests itself in the decisions we make. An honest person always tells the truth (or, at least, is committed to do so). A person of character avoids lies by omission (not disclosing all the facts another has a need to know) and lies by commission (outright lying). How does a person develop character? Character gains through its expression, and loses through its repression. Love grows through expression. Knowledge... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Transparency is the Key The ethical climate of an organization plays an important role in organizational culture. Organizational ethical climate refers to the moral atmosphere of the work environment and the level of ethics practiced within a company. Leaders determine organizational climate and establish character and define norms. Character plays... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
The Pathway to Principle-Based Decision Making I recently wrote a blog on my Workplace Ethics Advice site on Principle Centered Leadership. Basic principles of ethics can help us lead a more fulfilling life whether on a personal or professional level. However, our commitment to act in accordance with ethical principles is often challenged because of pressures to do otherwise. Peer pressure can make it more difficult for young people to act in a proper manner when conflicting interests exist. Workplace pressures may cause us to react in a way that is inconsistent with our values. Pressure from a superior may... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Ethics Sage
The Devil You Know is Preferable to the Devil You Don’t Know The most important reason for the GOP to vote down the House Health Care bill is there is no reason to trust the Congress with anything, no less our health care. They have proven time and again that they are incompetent and unable to see the long-term effects of their actions. That’s one reason Obamacare passed in the first place. Do you remember Nancy Pelosi’s famous statement when the House deliberated about Obamacare? “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Ethics Sage
How to Build an Ethical Culture Warren Bennis, known as the leadership guru, wrote a book on leadership, Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader. He distinguishes between management and leadership as follows. “There is a profound difference between management and leadership, and both are important. To manage... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
A Roadmap for Ethical Action Ethical decision making can be a tricky thing because of competing interests, conflicts, and pressures imposed on you by others. Take, for example, a situation where your boss plays favorites in the workplace. You feel left out. You believe your boss may be involved in an inappropriate relationship with one of the favorites. What can you do? What should you do? How can you effectively express your feelings? Who should you turn to for support? Ethical decision making can be summed up in four steps: Gather all the relevant facts. Do you have concrete evidence... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Ethics Sage