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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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Fairness, Personal Responsibility and Moral Hazard Issues This blog was first posted on my Ethics Sage website. I’ve made a few improvements since then. Should student debt be forgiven? If so, how much should be wiped clean? This is a big issue for Democratic Presidential candidates and the country. Bernie... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Doing Good By Being Good Brings Happiness and Meaning to Life I recently read about the Ten Keys to Happier Living published by the Action for Happiness team. In case you’re not familiar with the organization, Action for Happiness is dedicated to making people’s lives happier through writings on the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ethics Sage
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Career Advice From time to time I post a guest blog. Today’s piece by Nick Cooper deals with important issues in the workplace as raise by NCC, a home learning organization dedicated to the health and welfare of all peoples including self-awareness, self-improvement, and personal development. A link to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
An Historical Perspective on Professional Ethics MAX BLOCK DISTINGUISHED ARTICLE AWARD: The CPA Journal--March 2018 Issue In Brief The commitment to serve the public interest in accounting has eroded, as personal and business relationships with clients and client management increasingly create conflicts of interest. Many such relationships have created barriers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Grades Help to Develop a Strong Work Ethic I recently read that a New School professor is calling for the abolition of grades claiming it is unfair to students. Gee, I thought grades introduced fairness because students are evaluated on their work and given higher grades for better work. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Fairness, Personal Responsibility and Moral Hazard Issues This blog was first posted on my Ethics Sage website. I’ve made a few improvements since then. Should student debt be forgiven? If so, how much should be wiped clean? This is a big issue for Democratic Presidential candidates and the country. Bernie... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Ethics in the Workplace Can Be Complicated I have blogged many times before about the importance of having a code of ethics in business that promotes an ethical culture. A code of ethics is needed to memorialize the firm’s commitment to ethical behavior. It also details the ethical expectations of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Is There a Link Between Ethics, Happiness, and Meaning? I’m often asked whether ethical behavior can lead to a happier, more meaningful life. The answer is “yes!” That’s why I wrote a book on it – Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior. Of course, many people... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at Ethics Sage
It's a tough situation. I can only say it's not worth compromising one's health for the job. Perhaps she should approach the powers that be and explain about the health effects of having to cover for another worker. She might even allude to the difficulty of staying employed at the firm. It seems to me that is they value her as they should, perhaps they can find a solution like moving the incompetent employee to a position where she doesn't do such harm and giving you a trustworthy worker. Good luck!
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Professor Claims Capitalism to Blame For Why Students Are Graded A New School professor is calling for the abolition of grades claiming it is unfair to students. Gee, I thought grades introduced fairness because students are evaluated on their work and given higher grades for better work. I guess this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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The Do’s and the Don’ts The ethics of being a responsible writer are the same as for any activity. In this post I deal with works of nonfiction. Basic Ethical Standards First, treat the readers the way you would wish to be treated. Most people want what they read to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Reimagining Ethics & Compliance I recently read a blog called The FCPA Blog that contends ‘ethical culture’ can be measured. This motivated me to find out how and whether I agree with the premise. According to the FCPA Blog, “ethical culture is clearly one of the most challenging components of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Regaining Civility in Society I have previously blogged about the decline of civility in society and rampant unethical behavior that has created conflicts everywhere we look. It seems we no longer know how to disagree with each other without being disagreeable. In short, we have lost our moral compass. One... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Avoiding Conflicts of Interest in the Grading Process One of the most difficult decisions for college professors is whether to engage in a personal relationship with a student. The relationship might start innocently. Perhaps the student goes to office hours frequently. The professor might devote more time than is customary... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2019 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Don’t Forget To Take Care Of You, Too Developing ways to take care of yourself can help prevent burnout. School counselors have their own ways of doing so and include supporting emotional wellness, fostering good relationships, maintaining physical health and developing meaningful relationships outside of work. The following blog was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Kelly, This is a tough situation. You didn't say anything about whether you've spoken to the nerd guy. The reason I mention it is if you did anything about the situation it should have to be with his knowledge. He may prefer to leave the situation alone for fear he would be fired/demoted if attention is given to the unfair treatment. If the nerd guy welcomes the help then you have to decide what is the right thing to do. As you mention, any action could come back on you. That's often the issue with whistleblowing. How far are we willing to go to improve the lives of others. If you speak to the nerd guy and get the green light and his gratitude for even thinking about helping him, then I would discuss it with a few coworkers and see if they would back you up -- not take action specifically. That would fall on your shoulders. If it were me, I'd go through these steps, unless the nerd guy asks me not to do anything, and make an informal report to HR mainly to feel them out about what can (should) and should not be done and how to handle it. You could preface your remarks by saying this isn't a formal complaint. It's just a question about company HR policies, that is, what to do when you think an employee is being bullied. If you get the vibe that HR doesn't care then you have to decide whether to risk your job to right a wrong. Only you can answer that. Good luck!
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The Role of the First Amendment Free speech on college campuses has been under attack during the past several years. The alleged offenses seem to have declined this past academic year. Does that mean limitations on free speech on college campuses is no longer of concern? The answer is ‘yes’... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Yes, good will meaning the student who gives the gift expects nothing in return (i.e., higher grade). Otherwise, there may be the appearance that something is expected in return for the gift -- i.e., favored treatment.
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Going Beyond Happiness and Meaning in Life Two recent surveys suggest that Americans are becoming more unhappy with each passing year. The 2019 World Happiness Report says that the U.S. is ranked 19th in happiness, a decline from previous surveys. A General Social Survey ranks public opinion by country from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Lornah, This is a good explanation how the mentoring skills discussed in my blog can apply to other ares such as the leadership development of students. It's nice to read that those skills are being used in your practice. Steve
Lawanda, These are great points and crystallizes some of the problems with capitalism today. I don't know if it's possible, but there needs to be a re-commitment to serve the common good. In other words, taking actions which benefit society as a whole, not private individuals and selected sections of society. Steve
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2019 on Is it Time To Give Up on Capitalism? at Ethics Sage
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Suggestions for Top Management There are many writings about corporate culture but one stands out in my mind because the thoughts are those of Big-4 firm Deloitte. Providing advice to clients on how to strengthen corporate culture says a lot about the firm’s commitment to serve their clients not only... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Role as a Moral Agent One reason businesses still struggle with ethical behavior is they are unaware of their role as a moral agent. A moral agent is a person who has the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and to be held accountable for their actions. Moral agents... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at Ethics Sage