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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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Thanks, I just read about it.
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Wells Fargo, VW, Takata Air Bags, and J&J: Failing the Ethical Tests of Moral Agency 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... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Bringing Back Civility to Society The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People written by Stephen R. Covey is one of the bestselling books on self-improvement of all time and one of the most influential. His self-improvement book has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide since its first publication in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ethics Sage
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The Importance of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs The description of a hierarchy of needs is based on the work of Psychologist Abraham Maslow from 1943 through 1970. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a motivational theory in psychology originally consisting of a five-tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Ronald: Good points. Social media in the workplace is here to stay so companies need to develop ways to use it to enhance employee satisfaction with the job, customer service, and governance. Steve
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Dealing with Rejection Ghosting in the workplace is when a candidate abruptly disengages from the interview process without explanation. Ghosting occurs in different ways including not keeping employers informed of a decision, not showing up for the first day of work, and ghosting after accepting a job. Employers also engage... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Dealing with an Abusive Relationship Have you ever been in an emotionally or physically abusive relationship? Did you agonize over whether to break away from it or stay and try to work it out? If you have been faced with such an ethical dilemma, then you were in the midst... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Jo, it's a great thing to do but I don't know of a trainer in this area.
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Civility, Civic Duty and Free Speech From time to time I post a guest blog on a topic of great interest. Given the length of this piece, I provide the following link to the full piece. It deals with the current state of free speech in America. I highly recommend... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Do You Know What Your Kid is Doing Online? This is a question every parent faces. There are a lot of factors to consider from an ethical perspective but before doing so let’s examine some of the facts and data. Most parents monitor their teens activities on social media A... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Rum Tan, thanks for the kind comments. I'm glad you feel the information on the blog is important. If you want to read more on my posts, you can sign up for my newsletter at my website (https://stevenmintzethics.com). Steve
Excellent point. It's become almost expected that fraud will occur. Unfortunately, ethical expectations in today's society are low or nonexistent for many people.
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Closing the “Teaching Gap” Recently, I’ve read a lot about what makes for a great professor. Having taught for 30+ years, I was very interested to see how I stacked up. I’ve always thought of myself as a good professor – at least in my field, Accounting. It is one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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What Makes it More Difficult to Act Ethically? Many behaviors make it difficult to act ethically including pursuing one’s own interests while harming others, narcissistic behavior, and a lack of compassion and empathy for others. I examine in this blog three challenges to ethical behavior in our personal relationships, workplace... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Workplace Ethics Advice Yesterday I posted a blog on my Ethics Sage blog site about the nature of office politics and basic ethical considerations. Today I look at how office politics is played and how you can use it to your (ethical) advantage. Socialization Organizations are social places and much... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Ethical Considerations This is the first of a two part blog on office politics. In this blog I examine what it is, how it manifests itself, and the ethics of office politics. My workplace ethics advice blog tomorrow will look at the effects of office politics in the workplace. Definition... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Matthe, The main problem with teachers accepting gifts from students is it may "appear" that they may be biased when grading such students because of the gift. Even though they may not be biased, appearances matter. If students do give gifts they should not give expensive items just a small gift to show their appreciation. Steve Mintz
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Do College Students Really Care? The problem with teaching ethics to college students is they may not care. Some of my students ask me: Why should I care about being ethical now…when it seems people can get ahead in life by taking the easy way, which is not always the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Turning Philosophy into Action Dealing with ethical issues can be perplexing. How, exactly, should we think through the alternatives? What questions should we ask? What factors should we consider? Classic ethical reasoning methods suggest that once we have ascertained the facts, we should ask ourselves five questions when trying to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Managing Employee Behavior Online A version of this blog was first posted on October 16, 2012. Online social media applications are quickly gaining the mindshare of company employees and changing just as rapidly. With all the benefits that social media is bringing to the corporate world, a company faces numerous... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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The Lost Art of Civility It seems today, more than ever before, we are witnessing uncivil behavior in a broad spectrum of society. We hear about basic rudeness; harsh words, expletives shouted at others, and seeking out others with whom we disagree to forcefully make our point or criticizing theirs.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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U.S. News Data is Skewed Towards the Richest Institutions Do you look at college rankings to decide which college to attend or where to send your kid? Stop it! It’s a waste of time and the information is not reliable. That’s the opinion of Valerie Strauss, education reporter for the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Lie: Don’t Lie. What to Do??? According to Merriam-Webster, a white lie is “a lie about a small or unimportant matter that someone tells to avoid hurting another person.” According to relationship psychologist, Devon McDermott, quoted in a piece by Wendy Rose Gould on Business Insider website, “The biggest problem... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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From Ethics Hero to Goat On July 12, 2018, J&J was ordered to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families who had claimed that asbestos in the company’s talcum powder products caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The punitive damage part of the award ($4.14 billion) was the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice