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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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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?
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 4 days ago at Ethics Sage
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,, as a career resource.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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.
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.
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
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
Eve, I am truly sorry for your troubles. I can't imagine the pain and suffering it has caused you. I hope there is a satisfactory resolution at the end of the process.
The Ultimate Guide to Becoming an Effective First-time Manager The following is a guest blog from 15Five was recently honored for its impact in helping companies establish an employee-first culture — it was selected by the Center for Positive Organizations as a prestigious Gold Awardee of its 2018 Positive... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
On Being an Ethical Person When your moral compass is headed true North, you will know you are on the right path to ethical decision-making. By placing moral in front of compass we create a clear vision of the mental processes that point us in an ethical direction. Using the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Self-Actualizing Students’ Needs in Life and the Workplace Most students go to work for employers following graduation and should know what values create the foundation of a good employee. Broadly, these values indicate a commitment to do what is right regardless of the personal costs. Strong values create a strong... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Deloitte Survey Reflects the Importance of Purpose-Driven Objectives The 2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey reports the results of 10,455 millennials (Gen Y) questioned across 36 countries. This year’s survey shows Gen Y’s opinion of business motivation and ethics is at the lowest point in three years. About 20 percent said reputation... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
The Case of GE and KPMG A new rule adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requires disclosure of the tenure of a public company’s external auditor in the annual report. KPMG recently reported that it has audited GE since 1909. This raises the question whether there should be... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Is it Legal or Illegal? I have previously blogged about regulatory and ethical issues surrounding the use of cannabis based on whether states have adopted “compassionate use” laws that permit the sale of marijuana for medical purposes. I have also written on the sale for recreational purposes. In this blog... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Thanks so much for responding positively to my blog. I appreciate your readership.
Values-based Listening Skills for More Productive Relationships My values or your values? No longer do we act as a society on time-tested core values of honesty, respect and personal responsibility. Today, it seems everyone wants to pick and choose what is important to themselves. Some may say there is nothing... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Indicators of Audit Quality Forty percent of the audits inspected by audit firm regulators had at least one finding indicating a serious problem, according to a new survey. A recent report from the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators, a group of national audit regulators including the Public Company Accounting... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Suchitra, I'm glad you see the "value" of values-based leadership. A university course on ethical leadership would be a breath of fresh air. Steve Mintz
Toggle Commented May 6, 2018 on Values-based Leadership at Workplace Ethics Advice
Attracting and Retaining Millennials Gallup recently conducted a survey of 195,600 U.S. employees culled from a data base of more than 31 million respondents to assess the state of the American workplace, changes that have occurred during millennial engagement, and issues for managers as new and emerging technologies transform the... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Data Gathering Controls Can Enhance the Process Artificial intelligence (AI) broadly refers to technologies that make machines “smart.” AI continues the trend in advancement of technology that has unleashed the practical applications, many of which can enhance the decision-making process. AI is powered by algorithms, and algorithms are driven by... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Ethics Sage
What is More Important: Learning Soft Skills or Hard Skills? I recently learned that the School of Public Affairs at the American University in Washington, D.C. is attempting to combat the adverse political dialogue taking place in today’s society by launching a new project on civil discourse. This project, designed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
ACFE 2018 Study Published Fraud can be defined as a deliberate misrepresentation to gain an advantage over another party. Fraud comes in many different forms, including fraud in financial statements, the misappropriation of assets (theft) and subsequent cover-up, and disclosure fraud. In this blog I examine the results of a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Bucky: You make some good points, especially about the difficulty of making ethical judgments about the true intent of lies. Here are few points to consider: (1) Lying is not so much disrespect to the recipient as it is deceitful. It could lead the recipient down the wrong road in determining what action should take place next. It’s an issue of candor and reliability on what you say; (2) You say “Although certain circumstances warrant withholding the truth, or lying, each situation needs to be thought through in order to make the virtuous decision.” This sounds like ethical relativism where each person would decide when lying is acceptable rather than society having a core set of values, which would include lying is (almost always) wrong, and not based on one’s individual circumstances. We need to avoid situational ethics. (3) You say “some might argue that that lying at times serves the “greater good? Do you mean the benefits of lying outweigh the costs – at least in some situations? An example here would help. A classic example is when the Nazi’s were looking for Anne Frank. They knocked on the door of the house where they thought she was hiding with her family. The family that was hiding her lied to the Nazi’s by saying Anne Frank was not there. Was lying ethically acceptable here? --- Steve Mintz
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2018 on Do the Ends Justify the Means? at Ethics Sage