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Steven Mintz
United States
I'm a speaker and consultant on ethics issues and author of a book, Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior.
Interests: Reading, writing, blogging, ethics advice, traveling, eating, sports
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A Framework for Judging Right from Wrong I am a big supporter of teaching virtues and values to both college students and professionals. The reason is they lay a foundation for ethical behavior. In this blog I will explain why. Moral Values Values are basic and fundamental beliefs that govern... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ethics Sage
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Ethics, AI, and Managing Ethics Risks It’s Time for Companies to Have an Ethics Committee I have blogged before about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to solve ethical quandaries and the key to using AI intelligently. Given the attention I have given to this subject in the past, it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2022 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Overcoming Bias Last Tuesday I blogged about the meaning of equity, diversity and inclusion and its importance in developing an ethical organization culture. In today’s blog I look at ways to promote EDI. LinkedIn Survey Recent events have sparked important conversations around racial bias and social injustice, calling upon institutions... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Establishing an Ethical Organization Environment This is the first of two blogs on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The second blog will be posted on June 16. Organizational ethical climate refers to the moral atmosphere of the work environment and the level of ethics practiced within a company. Leaders determine organizational... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2022 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Is it a Good Thing for Collegiate Athletics? The Transfer Portal was created as a way for student athletes to transfer from one NCAA school to another and not have to sit out one year. It seems to have created a ‘monster,’ in the sense that competition for student athletes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2022 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Problems Persist Even Though Colleges Claim to Be Sensitized to the Issues Sexual assaults on college campuses persist and create problems that has been dealt with in varying degrees of success. It seems the problem is two-fold: (1) an environment on campus that does not treat sexual assessment and rape... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2022 at Ethics Sage
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Making Workpapers Available to the PCAOB Might Violate China’s Sovereignty On January 23, 2014, the SEC came down hard on Chinese units of big-4 firms, ruling that these units should be barred from auditing U.S.-traded companies for six months. The ruling came after the firms failed to show the SEC... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2022 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Paul, You raise good points. I'm concerned how corporations spend their money and whether it is in shareholder interests. I guess the idea that a broader stakeholder approach might MIGHT lead to an inefficient use of resources and too much power and influence in corporate hands that MIGHT infect the political process. But as you say there are remedies for any overreach. Steve M.
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Should Corporations Be Encouraged to Influence the Political Process? It's well known that corporations donate to politicians of their choice. This has been going on for many years. What's not so clear is whether the concept of "woke capitalism" is ratcheting up the support in a more tangible way that... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2022 at Ethics Sage
Zoliswa, Thanks for the inquiry about bipolar. I will send you some resources in a gmail email. Steve
A Paradigm Shift in Organizations By Lauren Winans The pandemic has changed the structure of the workplace, possibly for good. Employees are working remotely more now than at any time in the past, management is grappling with record-high resignations and burnout, and companies are scrambling to keep up with the... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2022 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Exploring the Costs and Benefits of the New NCAA Rules I have previously blogged about whether college athletes should be paid for their services. They shed blood, sweat, and tears in their sports competition. Universities make millions from admissions fees to sporting events, sponsorships, deals with athletic companies like Nike,... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2022 at Ethics Sage
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How to Respond When Your Superior Asks You to Do Something You’re Not Comfortable With Protecting Your Values in the Face of Workplace Opposition It’s important to know how to respond if your boss makes an unreasonable request that makes you feel uncomfortable. The key is to be prepared to... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2022 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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A Cult of Personality Blinded Others to Their Schemes Today's blog is long but comprehensively addresses two of the most interesting cases of how not to run a business. For educators, it could be the makings of a case study to use in the classroom. I recently watched a streaming... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2022 at Ethics Sage
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Examining the Ethical Issues I have previously blogged about doctored program information submitted by four prominent universities—Rutgers University, Temple University, Claremont McKenna College, and Iona College. The goal was to make their programs look better to university rating outlets such as U.S. News & World Report. Now, along comes a... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2022 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Jack, Thanks for your comments and contribution to the discussion. Steve M.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2022 on Is America a Racist Country? at Ethics Sage
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Progressives and Conservatives Need to Open Their Minds to Other Opinions Moral reframing enables people to strengthen their arguments and increase the likelihood they can successfully counteract other opinionated people who are hard to sway. One way to do so is find the statistics or other data that supports your... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2022 at Ethics Sage
Howie, You make good points and I agree it's a more complicated issue than this one blog addresses. You've given me food for thought to write a follow-up blog with a different perspective. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Steve
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Reporting Wrongdoing Enhances Workplace Ethics I have previously blogged about the speak up culture, a phenomenon that broadly encourages employees to bring matters of concern to top management so that corrective action can be taken when warranted. What is a Speak Up Culture? Tanya Finnie addresses the issue in a... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2022 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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What’s Fair? Moral hazard refers to a situation that arises when an individual has the chance to take advantage of a financial arrangement or situation, knowing that all the risks and consequences will fall on another party. In a sense, it allows one party to take advantage of another. Moral... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2022 at Ethics Sage
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Walking the Talk of Ethics Ethical leadership in business is more important today than ever before. Businesses must cope with delays in the supply chain, rising interest rates, growing inflation, and the remnants of Covid which, in some cases, has led to a demand by employees for more remote work... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2022 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Excellence in Accounting Ethics Education Award Announced by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association The intent of this award is to recognize new pedagogy for teaching ethics to accounting students. A monetary award of $1,000 and a plaque will be presented at the annual Ethics Symposium, sponsored... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2022 at Ethics Sage
Thanks, John, for your excellent suggestion.
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Harmful Effects of Bullying: A Perspective on Protected Groups Last Tuesday I blogged about how to combat bullying, the first of a two-part blog on this important issue affecting society. In today's blog I look at bullying against various groups of people including tweens, students with disabilities, students of color,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2022 at Ethics Sage
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What Should Be Included in Your Code of Ethics? I have previously blogged about the importance of establishing an ethical culture in an organization to support the code of ethics. A code is meaningless unless top management models ethical behavior in every action and decision made. Purpose of a Code... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2022 at Workplace Ethics Advice