Firing John Doe

shutterstock_80864377 “John Doe is applying for a job here,” a caller says. “What can you tell me about him?” Last month you fired him for incompetence. You say…?

I welcome your response!

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Weiner’s NEW Report Card

The New York Times has just reported, “Weiner Admits to More Lewd Exchanges but Denies an Addiction.”

The Ethics Guy therefore presents New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s NEW report card:
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3 Obstacles to Doing the Right Thing

Why don’t we do the right thing more often? What gets in the way?

There are three major explanations for ethically unintelligent behavior, and they’re easy to remember because they all start — and appropriately so — with f: fear, focus on short-term benefits, and foul mood. Let’s look at each one more closely.
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10 Seinfeld Spin-Offs

Leave it to Jerry Seinfeld to create something fresh and funny about three things you don’t normally think of together. His Internet show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, is a well-deserved hit, and the second season features such luminaries as Sarah Silverman, David Letterman, and Don Rickles. Each short episode is a lighthearted attempt to answer a serious question: what makes something funny?
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Contest!

Match each quotation below with the film or TV show it’s from. The first person with all of the correct answers wins an audiobook!
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Tony Soprano: Role Model

How is it possible that the ultra-violent gangster Tony Soprano can be considered a role model?

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Ethics vs. Morality

Is there a difference between morality and ethics?

Not historically. In fact, the word “morality” comes from moralis, a Latin word that Cicero coined as a translation of the Greek word ethikos, which is the origin of the term “ethics.” Thus “morality” is to “ethics” what chapeau is to “hat” or caliente is to “hot.”

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Memorial Day

Thank you to the brave men and woman who have served–and continue to serve–our country so valiantly. I admire and respect your courage and commitment.

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