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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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Cuomo’s Non-Apology Apology Raises a Red Flag The most astonishing thing about the recent allegations of sexual harassment against NY Governor Andrew Cuomo is that one of the two staffers (Charlotte Bennett) accused him of sexually harassing her just last year. Where has he been since the revelations against Harvey... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Ethics Sage
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Psychological Safety Promotes Trust Where Employees Feel Safe Speaking Out What is Corporate Culture? The culture of an organization says a lot about what it stands for. Organizations that commit to ethical decision-making tend to instill a culture that promotes doing the right thing regardless of the cost. They view... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Is It Ever Acceptable to Jump the Line? The idea that a wealthy person with thousands of dollars to spend can go to another city in another country, such as Dubai in the UAE, and jump the line to get the two-dose vaccine while average Americans have to wait their... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ethics Sage
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Another Lost Opportunity for a Teachable Moment by the The Thought Police Here’s another example of the thought police at work and the lengths to which the cancel culture will go to call out certain individuals and affect their ability to share their ideas in public. In this case it’s... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ethics Sage
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The Good and the Bad I recently read a study by the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching that provides a useful perspective on the usefulness of teacher evaluations. Students have been evaluating teaching performance for many years so the time is right to reflect on the findings. As a professor emeritus... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Arguments For and Against Jeep Dropping the Name “Cherokee” The question of whether Jeep should change the “Cherokee” name pits the need for cultural sensitivity on one side against honoring and celebrating Native American people on the other. Critics of using the Cherokee name on a car say it doesn’t... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ethics Sage
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The Optics are Bad; the Reality is Worse As you’ve probably heard, all members of a San Francisco Bay Area school board resigned days after they were heard making disparaging comments about parents at a virtual board meeting they didn’t realize was being broadcast to the public. The four members... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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The Hypocrisy Of It All I have previously blogged about the entitled political class who act as if there is one set of rules for themselves and another for the public. Ted Cruz is the latest politician to be tone deaf. He follows in the footsteps of a variety of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Becoming an Influencer I’ve been blogging for about 15 years and have developed a code of ethics, taken in part from those who have been there, done that, and my own experiences. Given this relatively new way to communicate on social media, perhaps my observations will help others with similar... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Building Workplace Ethics A lot has been written about fear-based and trust-based cultures in the workplace. A fear-based workplace is a place where fear drives behavior. Decisions are made because of the severity of the consequences of acting outside the prevailing culture. A trust-based workplace is where ethical leaders make... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Are We Losing Our Humanity? Intolerance in society is being fueled by the cancel culture. The cancel culture is mainly an Internet phenomenon where those offended by the comments of another party become denounced online by those who object to the behavior. It’s one form of a cultural boycott that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Is it an Ethical Dilemma Waiting to Happen? Vlogging is an important way of expressing yourself in the workplace. The following guest blog is by Jane Sandwood. Over 44% of internet users watch vlogs every single month. And, in light of their popularity, many have taken to vlogging wherever they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Is His Son-in-Law Seeking to Trade in on the Family Name? The latest disclosure that there may be a conflict of interest for President Joe Biden as a result of professional ties of his family members to other organizations occurred just a few days ago. The problem relates to son-in-law... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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We Live in a Two-Class System When we think of entitled people, the first thing that comes to mind are millennials, who act like society owes them a living or something else. They feel entitled to high grades in college, a good job, promotion, and other benefits of life. In... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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The Key to Saving Society From Itself Most educators are aware of the importance of technical skills in fields like accounting, computer technology, engineering, finance, and the sciences but do not necessarily recognize the importance of “soft skills” to carry out technical skills in a way that communicates personal values... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Bullying in the Workplace Threatens Emotional Stability On Monday I blogged about how cyberbullying is affecting young children and their emotional stability. Today I am posting a guest essay by Max Woolf that provides the results of survey of Americans about this important issue. By Max Woolf Nothing is certain... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Cyberbullying: The Greatest Threat to Children’s’ Emotional Stability This is the first of two blogs on cyberbullying, a serious threat to the emotional development and safety of our kids and others most vulnerable in society. When kids are electronically (cyber) bullied, it can be hard for parents to detect, until... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Cancel Culture at Work Again It appears the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education (SFUSD) has plenty of time to vote on changing the names of schools but not enough to ensure that the districts’ schools can open safely. Rather than spend time figuring out the best (safest)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Engaging Students With Online Instruction My “Ethics Sage” blog this past Tuesday addressed some of the questions for instructors in preparing to create e-Learning experiences using Zoom. Here are those questions. What techniques are available for E-Learning? What are the limitations of E-Learning? How can we develop and nurture an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Creating an Effective E-Learning Environment Imagine if the pandemic had hit five years ago. We would not have been able to switch to an online course structure with no live interaction. That would have been a true disaster. It’s hard enough to engage students in the learning experience, but since... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Ethics and COVID-19 The following is a guest blog written by Melissa Mauro. Freelancers and entrepreneurs have to deal with ethical and legal issues on a regular basis. Quite often, legal issues are quite easy to figure out because they are all about complying with specific laws. Ethical issues are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2021 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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ORDERING PIZZA In 2021 This is a new kind of blog for me. I read this piece and couldn't resist republishing it on my blog. It speaks volumes about the lack of security for our personal information. Before long, Google will know our thoughts -- even in advance of having... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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The Absentee President To say President Trump has checked out since he lost the 2020 election is an understatement. Since the final tallies were completed, and it was clear Trump lost the election (at least in everyone’s mind but his own), he has failed to carry out his responsibilities as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at Ethics Sage
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Ethics in the Workplace The COVID pandemic has shaken up the workplace dynamics in every sector. At first, companies thought they could manage it without any significant changes in the workplace. But the necessity to abruptly shift to remote work posed massive challenges to a lot of companies. For example,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide??? Yesterday's insurgency at the U.S. Capitol demonstrates why situational ethics is killing America. No civilized society would condone the storming of the U.S. Capitol. How do we explain it? A small group of people thought it was the right thing to do. Following numerous... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2021 at Ethics Sage