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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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Is Free Speech in Jeopardy? What does it mean to “cancel” someone? No, it’s not to cancel a transaction you did online. Today it means to diminish someone’s significance as an influencer by personal boycott, public shaming, or simply shunning them. We call it the “cancel culture,” or” call-out culture.”... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Online Shaming: Good or Bad? A great deal has been said and written about the existence of a “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 a cultural... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ethics Sage
Excellent points!
This is a GREAT analysis. Thank you for your contribution!
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2019 on Dating in the Workplace at Workplace Ethics Advice
Excellent analysis. Thanks for your contribution.
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A Cultural Divide Are we headed for a cultural conflict with respect to the acceptability of dating in the workplace? Recent revelations that McDonald’s Corporation CEO Steve Easterbrook had a consensual relationship with an employee and the board of director’s decision to terminate him raises concerns that what corporations feel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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How Can We Explain the Scope of Cheating in College? A recent survey published by The International Center for Academic Integrity reports alarming results with respect to cheating by students. More than 70,000 students, both graduates and undergraduates, took part in the study that reported 95 percent of the surveyed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Whatever Happened to Moral Virtue? Only President Trump’s most ardent supporters would deny that his way of conversing and twitter postings has created an aura of incivility that has spilled over to virtually all aspects of society. He tends to be disrespectful of others especially those that disagree with him.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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A Philosophy for Life George Carlin was an inventive stand up comedian and social critic of the late twentieth century. If you grew up laughing at his humor like me, you may not be aware that he had a philosophic viewpoint about life that resonated with many people. Today's blog... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Mental Wellness Promotes Productivity, Happiness and a Meaningful Workplace Experience There are a variety of definitions of mental wellness. In a piece by Mike Nichols posted in Opinion, he addresses one definition by Dr. Jane Myers of the University of North Carolina. Dr. Myers, one of the founders of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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How to Practice Practical Compassion I wrote a blog this past April on compassion and empathy. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about mindfulness. Today I explain the link between these two qualitative characteristics of behavior and mindfulness. What is Compassion? Compassion has been defined in many ways. Merriam-Webster’s online... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Workplace Ethics Advice If an employee knows that a co-worker or supervisor is doing something that is against company policy, the first step is to determine what are the prescribed steps to bring these matters of concern to the proper authorities within the organization. Many organizations have whistle-blowing protocols such... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Business Roundtable Issues a Public Relations Piece Have you read the “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation” put out by the Business Roundtable on August 19? It suggests that corporations should no longer advance only the interests of shareholders. Instead, according to the group, they must also invest in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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Guest Post I have blogged about the serious problems that occur when workplace bullying exists. From time to time I post a guest blog when the topic is one of great importance. Today's blog by safety experts at Krav Maga Worldwide provides useful information on workplace bullies. Bullies aren’t just... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Thanks for reading!
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Professionalization versus Commercialization Last week I blogged about the new law in California that changes the rules of the game with respect to college athletes being able to earn money from the use of their names or likeness as well as through endorsement deals. The law, Fair Pay to Play,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Tatiana, I hope these are exceptions and not the rule although they are obviously wrong actions by the airline personnel and other officials when they do occur. Steve
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Dealing With Ethical Blind Spots and Bounded Awareness Key to Corporate Social Responsibility I’ve come to the conclusion that relying solely on teaching students’ ethical principles using philosophical reasoning methods won’t cut it with respect to enhancing ethical decision-making. We need to go beyond that and recognize there are other... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Did California Do the Right Thing? California is leading the nation in allowing student-athletes to promote products and companies, trading on their sports fame for the first time. On September 30, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill (SB 206) that will take effect in 2023 to allow players to strike... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Thanks for the positive comment.
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2019 on Accounting in the Public Interest at Ethics Sage
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Advantages of the PLUS Model It’s time for ethics educators to think outside the box. Traditional ethical decision-making models based solely on philosophical reasoning methods may miss the mark because students simply provide the answer they think teachers want to hear by applying one or more of these methods. They... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Yes. Happiness and meaning can come from helping others and looking out for their well-being, which benefits all of society.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2019 on Living a Purposeful Life at Ethics Sage
Agreed. They've been around for a long time which indicates general acceptance in management circles.
Here's a more up-to-date posting on bipolar and workplace ethics advice: https://www.workplaceethicsadvice.com/2019/04/workplace-advice-on-dealing-with-bipolar-employees.html
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Ethics and Civility Go Hand in Hand I was recently interviewed by both Authority and Thrive magazines about my views on ethics and social media. There is no doubt that social networking opens the door to improper behavior for a variety of reasons not the least of which is the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at Ethics Sage