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Tag: Ethics

Differentiation and Values

February 14, 2018 0 Comments
Differentiation and Values

Values: I spend a fair amount of time discussing culture with executives and entrepreneurs. In my view, values underpin the culture in an organization. They are the foundation of decision making. And the decisions that get made define the culture of the organization. Yet many (most?) organizations do not pay significant attention to developing values […]

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Unintended Consequences

February 7, 2018 0 Comments
Unintended Consequences

More Pain: Finally. But who’s going to jail? According to the 2/2/18 article in the Los Angeles Times, the Federal Reserved ordered Wells Fargo & Co. to “cap its growth and improve its corporate governance.” This is supposed to be punishment for “widespread consumer abuses and other compliance breakdowns.” But who’s going to jail? And […]

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Wells Fargo – Extensive Fraud – Governance

April 19, 2017 0 Comments
Wells Fargo – Extensive Fraud – Governance

Accountability I’m often asked about the difference between accountability and responsibility. The distinction I make (perhaps a bit oversimplified?) is that responsibility can be and often is shared with others. However, one cannot share accountability. Another distinction I’ve heard in our leadership circles is that one takes responsibility, but one is held accountable (by oneself […]

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Words as Bond

November 30, 2016 0 Comments
Words as Bond

An organization’s culture can be simply stated as “The way things get done around here.” Notice that isn’t a list of values found on walls, coffee mugs, T-shirts or ball caps. It’s what actually happens in our organizations, and how it happens that matter. That is how stakeholders see us. Not as some empty words or […]

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Once Again, Banks Violate Our Trust . . .

September 21, 2016 0 Comments
Once Again, Banks Violate Our Trust . . .

Leadership Owns This Scandal And just where was (is) the leadership at Wells Fargo in this ethical failure? What kind of culture would lead an employee to even consider falsifying emails, establishing unauthorized accounts, issuing unauthorized credit/debit cards, collecting fraudulent fees and impacting customers’ credit scores? How can customers ever trust Wells Fargo again. Full […]

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To Sell Is Unethical

July 20, 2016 0 Comments
To Sell Is Unethical

Well, I suspect that title got some emotional responses. I am sure to see many emails from my friends in sales. So I might as well get started. Sell: to deliver or give  up in violation of duty, trust, or loyalty and especially for personal gain Betray – often used with out <sell out their […]

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Applecyber

March 9, 2016 0 Comments
Applecyber

Last week I posted my thoughts on Tim Cook and how he is handling the FBI security grab controversy. I refrained from stating how I felt about the issue in order to stay focused on Mr. Cook’s leadership. This week, I will wade in on the technology, privacy and security issue. First, let me make […]

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A Scout Is Trustworthy . . .

January 13, 2016 0 Comments
A Scout Is Trustworthy . . .

I had the privilege of spending part of my youth in the Boy Scouts of America (way back before all the controversies surrounding that organization). I can still “rattle off” the Scout Law, Motto and Oath. They were committed to memory as well as spoken out loud very frequently. I learned some very useful things – […]

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The Regulation “We Deserve.”

April 22, 2015 0 Comments
The Regulation “We Deserve.”

Yesterday I had lunch with a good friend and colleague. We had a wide ranging discussion as usual, including talking about the water situation here in Southern California. Recently a court ruling found that a small town’s water district here in SoCal did not calculate their rates properly. I suspect the Water District knew that, but […]

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What Leadership and Traffic Share

November 12, 2014 0 Comments
What Leadership and Traffic Share

In a recent Wall St. Journal podcast, the reporter was explaining how difficult it is to understand traffic flow. The engineers who study traffic patterns explain that the impatient drivers who change lanes frequently, wait to the last minute to get in or out of an exit or carpool lane and who insist on not […]

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