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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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Why Ethics Should Take on a Greater Role in Business Decision-Making According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workplace Culture Trends, 71 percent of employees said they would take a pay cut to work for a company whose values they share and 39% would quit if asked to do something unethical by their... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Why You Should Reach Out and Touch Someone I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal by Elizabeth Bernstein that contends sometimes a stranger – not a loved one – can significantly improve your day by having a pleasant encounter that creates a connection and provides feelings of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ethics Sage
LMS, thanks for the information about redheads. It adds a lot of value to the blog post.
Jennifer, thanks for reading and I hope you'll enjoy all of my blogs.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2019 on Beyond Happiness and Meaning at Ethics Sage
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Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior A recent survey reports that nearly one in five business school students are willing to sacrifice more than 40 percent of their salary to work for a responsible employer. Some will work for nonprofits where they are committed to the cause. Others seek positions... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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What is the Right Thing to Do? I’m trying something new this week and the next. In today’s blog I ask ten questions to gauge your knowledge of right and wrong. I WILL POST THE ANSWERS WITH EXPLANATIONS IN NEXT WEEK’S BLOG. Your Ethics IQ measures your level of ethics... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Resources on Ethics in Society, the Workplace, and in Higher Education The following organizations provide ethics resource material and readings that may be of interest to the general public, business professionals, members of higher education, bloggers, researchers and others interested in the role of ethics in society. ASL Group UK... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Academic Freedom Under Attack I have previously blogged about “The Selling of American Universities” that points out the increasing trend of private donors like Nike, Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola influencing sports programs through their donations. A more pernicious situation has raised its ugly head, whereby uber-wealthy individuals donate funds... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Incivility in the Workplace and Psychological Effects on Employees I recently read a report by Deloitte about the future of the organization that addresses the employee experience and human experience that makes several excellent points. I review these in today’s blogs and offer my own perspective on this important issue.... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Combating Wrongdoing in the Workplace Many people know about the “Broken Windows Theory” that former mayor Rudy Giuliani applied to clean up neighborhoods in New York City. The idea is by paying attention to small things first, larger ones would be abated. This included graffiti, garbage thrown around, and anything... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at Ethics Sage
William, I agree there's much talk on work ethics and little, if anything, changes. Organizations have to model the behavior they want. If top managers that preach work ethics don't follow their own words then nothing will change. The tone at the top must support policies and desired practices to make a difference. I do think it should be discussed in the open with the hope that things will change eventually. It's better to have tried and failed than not tried at all.
Michaela,thanks for pointing out my mistake. I should have corrected it sooner. I now have done so with a new blog, a better explanation, and an updated perspective on bipolar disorder. Here is the link: https://www.workplaceethicsadvice.com/2019/04/workplace-advice-on-dealing-with-bipolar-employees.html
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Treat Others the Way You Wish They Would Treat You A few years ago, I wrote about Bipolar Personality Disorder. Using the word “Personality” was a mistake on my part. The purpose of this blog is to correct the record and revisit some of the workplace considerations when dealing with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Transforming Your Life Through Compassion and Empathy I've been thinking a lot lately about whether we are a compassionate society. There's no doubt we are following a horrific event like a school shooting or terrorist attack. But, are we compassionate on an everyday basis? Why is it important to be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Should a Company (or person) Be Defined By Their Worst Act? Every time I walk into the local branch of Wells Fargo Bank I wonder whether I should change banks simply because of the massive fraud committed by Wells Fargo that was made public in 2016. I thought about last... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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How Can You Know Whether They Are Real or Contrived? Perhaps you heard about the GoFundMe scam in 2017 where Katelyn McClure and Mark D’Amico launched the online fundraiser for Johnny Bobbitt, a homeless veteran, after he gave his last $20 to McClure when she ran out of gas on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Linda, thanks for the kind comments. Bringing back ethics and civility is an ongoing process that starts with first recognizing there is a problem. I don't think we're at the awareness stage yet.
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Is it Time to Institute 'Ungrading'? I just read about professors who seem to believe going gradeless in college classes is a good idea. There seems to be serious consideration in some corners to change the traditional way of evaluating the work of college students. Quite frankly, this scares me.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
These are potentially legal issues so contacting a lawyer is a good step. I'd also contact the oversight group of the college -- i.e., board of trustees. If it's a state institution, there should be and ombudsperson or state agency that overlooks the college that can be contacted. Good luck!
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Unanswered Questions College athletes 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, and television deals. Is it time to recognize the work of college athletes by giving them monetary compensation? The time is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Product Safety Scandals Keep On Coming How can we explain the extent of recent corporate wrongdoing that raises the question: Where were the top officials? Just in the past few years we learned of fictitious accounts set up for customers at Wells Fargo and adding costs to the products sold... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Ethical Blindness Run Amok The recent ethical lapses at colleges and universities across the U.S. raise questions about their “Ethics GPS”. Do the ethical systems in place provide accurate data about where these institutions are and where they are going to ensure their operating systems are working as intended and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Why are Americans So Unhappy? The Gallup poll recently issued its 2019 World Happiness Report and the U.S. is ranked 19th. Why so low? The report says it’s because of a high level of addictions causing unhappiness and depression. “The compulsive pursuit of substance abuse and addictive behaviors is causing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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The Moral Compass and College Admissions Scandal The college admissions scandal dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues” raises questions about the integrity of the college admissions process across a broad spectrum of institutions. Who’s to blame for the admissions scandal? There’s enough blame to go around but the parents are front and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Ethical Obligations and Decision Making in Accounting: Text and Cases I'm proud to announce that McGraw-Hill Education has just published the 5th edition of my Accounting Ethics textbook, Ethical Obligations and Decision Making in Accounting: Text and Cases. I'd like to thank two reviewers of the book and the the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Ethics Sage