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- Aug 1 20152 minutes
What to Do When a Colleague Acts Unethically
Q: One of my law partners had an intern pretend to be him and take an ethics course the partner needed to satisfy his continuing legal education requirement. When I learned about it, I challenged his actions. He pushed back, claiming he’d created a w
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Why Points of Difference Could Be What Brings Your Company Together
Q: A prospective business partner is a strategic fit, and there is no evidence of impropriety or unethical behavior. However, I have heard that the new party can be difficult to work with and doesn’t operate the way my company does. Should I guide my
- Jun 1 20142 minutes
The Ethics Coach's Top 3 Strategies for Creating an Ethical Workplace
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- Nov 1 20152 minutes
Someone Messed Up. Here's How You Fix It.
Whether it's a dishonest employee or an order snafu, what you do after a mistake makes the difference. We'll show you the steps to take.
- Jan 1 20153 minutes
What to Do When Your Boss Doesn't Trust You
Q: I work part time at a company. My desk sits out of the owner’s view. After I called in sick for a few days thanks to a case of shingles, the owner had his administrative assistant—also a part-time employee—tell me they can’t trust the hours on my
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Is Sharing Caring When it Comes to Clients?
Q: The client of a close friend and member of my networking group approached me about a consulting project. If I take the project on, am I poaching? Should I give my friend a heads-up to give her a chance to revive what may be a fallen relationship?
- Feb 1 20142 minutes
Q: What's the best way for a small business to solicit donations from suppliers? We have some government contracts and want to avoid any appearance of impropriety--including favoritism or kickbacks--but, for the good of our community, we want to enco
- Jul 1 20132 minutes
The Ethics Coach on Dealing With Backstabbing
What to do when someone you trust betrays you and how to address a competitor who cops to unethical behavior.
- Mar 21 20174 minutes
Harvard Scientists Call For Better Rules To Guide Research On 'Embryoids'
Some recent studies in synthetic biology, they say, raise new questions about the ethical limits of creating entities that might feel pain or resemble human embryos — or mimic humans in other ways.
- May 1 20152 minutes
The Boss Is Dating an Employee. Now What?
Any owner, CEO or manager needs to tread very carefully when becoming romantically involved with an employee.
- Dec 1 20162 minutes
The Moral Imperative for Leaders
WE LIVE IN A TIME of moral outrage. If you listened to partisans on either side of Election 2016, it was a contest between—or a protest of—a criminally corrupt politician and a serial sex offender, even though neither candidate had been formally char
- Sep 1 20143 minutes
The Ethics Coach on Managing a Sticky-Fingered Staff
Do you have an ethical dilemma? Write to The Ethics Coach at email@example.com. Q: Employees at my restaurant are taking food home without paying for it and are not charging their friends for drinks. I made it clear that I'll fire people if the
- Aug 1 20142 minutes
The Ethics Coach on Dealing With the Office Know-It-All
Q: One of my business partners shuts down discussion in meetings by dismissing ideas or concerns that don't mesh with what he has learned during his career. I worry that people's unwillingness to challenge him makes us vulnerable to other problems. H
- Dec 12 20161 minute
Building the Workforces Businesses Need
JOHN RICE WHEN A COMPANY INVESTS IN A country, it asks: Do we have the right people with the right capabilities? This makes people think of new facilities, new jobs. Too often they forget the importance of developing new skills. Most educational sy
- Jun 1 20132 minutes
The Ethics Coach on Conflicts of Interest and Personal Tasks
We tackle the ethical dilemmas of getting insider information, and asking your assistant to complete items on your personal to-do list.
- Apr 1 20171 minute
The Upside Of Outliers
Greater loyalty “There’s a secret sauce in hiring a person who knows that I believe in him enough to take a chance,” says David Williams, CEO of Fishbowl, an inventory software firm near Salt Lake City. Williams has hired everyone from his electricia
- Feb 1 20161 minute
How Perfectionism Is Sabotaging Your Business
Author and researcher Jane Bluestein explains the problems with chasing perfection, and how to avoid them.
- Dec 1 20152 minutes
Why Transparency Creates a Clear Path to Success and How to Maintain It
Q: Partners and employees at my company are expected to pool contact information for clients and prospective clients in a database. We find that having information easily accessible maximizes partner relationships in making deals. But some partners a
- Jan 20 201711 minutes
The Folly of 'Purity Politics'
There’s no way for a person living in the world to truly do no harm. Take the environment. Even if you only eat vegetables that you grow in your own garden and only travel to places you can bike or walk to, if you still use electricity, or throw away
- Jan 16 20171 minute
Are Some Years More Important Than Others?
LILY ROTHMAN THE YEAR 2016 MIGHT BE OVER, BUT debates rage on about whether it was one of the most important—or worst—years ever. Yet amid talk of surprising election results and shocking celebrity deaths, these conversations often miss a key point:
- Apr 13 20175 minutes
Do Aliens Have Inalienable Rights?: What ET teaches us about our moral obligations.
Last January I was walking with my granddaughter along a beach near Melbourne when we noticed several people gathered around a rock pool, peering into the water. Wondering what had attracted their attention, we went over and saw that it was an octopu
- Jan 1 20142 minutes
The Ethics Coach on Cash Deals, Transparency and More
Our ethics coach takes your questions about under-the-table payments, planned obsolescence and price transparency.
- May 1 20142 minutes
The Ethics Coach on Exit Strategy Etiquette
Q: My contract with our salespeople says that if they make a sale but leave the company before the deal closes, they are not paid the commission. Is this policy ethical? A: I don't think it is ethical or a good business strategy. The best way to attr
- Dec 1 20142 minutes
Will My Employer Sue Me for Starting My Own Business?
Q: When people come to my dental practice for a second opinion, they often tell me about recommendations other dentists have made that, to me, seem aggressive or excessively expensive. Isn’t it unethical to lead patients to an overkill solution? What
- Feb 1 20132 minutes
Why Being a Workaholic Is Counterproductive
Sometimes self-destructive workaholic behavior can get so out of hand there's only one recourse left: an office intervention. Enter Leslie Perlow, a Harvard Business School professor of leadership armed with an eagle eye for counterproductive work st
- May 5 20153 minutes
How Enormous Dominoes Can Help You Rethink Saving for Retirement
It’s a clear warm day in early August, and the Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert is lucky it isn’t windy. Towering right behind him stands a 30-foot tall domino. It’s 15 feet wide, four feet long, and weighs two tons. Gilbert, who is bald and has a th
- Dec 1 20161 minute
The Facebook Founder in His Own Words
Zuckerberg often muses on management. Here, a selection of quotes from public Q&As posted on Facebook.
- Mar 1 20142 minutes
The Ethics Coach on Handling Social Media Attacks
Q: I hired an employee who worked one day, called in sick the next, then asked for a leave of absence. Per our policy, the leave would have been granted had he provided medical documentation--but he never did. He stopped coming to work, and we had to
- Apr 14 20174 minutes
Will Editing Your Baby's Genes Be Mandatory?
Designing a baby, or editing the genes of an unborn child, strikes many as risky, unseemly, unnatural, unethical, or likely to lead to a dystopian future of one sort or another. Still, I predict that within my lifetime, the United States will arrest,