I believe the key to professional and personal success is ethical intelligence. My keynote speeches, books, TV appearances, and contributions to such publications as Bloomberg Businessweek and the Huffington Post are intended to bring out the best in everyone.


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.

Are Unpaid Internships Ethical?

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of year for many, but for managers, it’s summer that often brings the greatest joy. After all, this is when millions of college students and recent graduates offer their services for little or no pay. What could be better for business than voluntary unpaid labor? The federal Labor Dept., however, is cracking down on these arrangements, on grounds that they may violate labor laws.
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Stay the Hand of Vengeance

Last Monday Foreign Policy magazine commissioned an article from me that was to be a response to a New York Times op-ed called “Gitmo is Killing Me.”  Just as I was finishing the first draft, the Boston Marathon bombing happened, so I expanded the scope of the article to speak to that horrible incident as well.

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Does Winning Take Care of Everything?

CNN interviewed me this week to discuss the ethical implications of Nike’s new campaign featuring Tiger Woods and his claim that “winning takes care of everything.”

Read the article here.

Guess Who’s Ethically Intelligent?

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting several talks to the students and faculty at Eastern Illinois University.  While I was there, I did a 30-minute interview with the local PBS affiliate, WEIU-TV.  You can watch it here.

I was asked to name someone I consider to be ethically intelligent today.  You won’t believe the response I gave (and, quite frankly, I was a bit surprised too!).

Who is your example?

DVD: Ethical Intelligence

I’m pleased to announce that my first full-length DVD is now available for you to enjoy.  It contains my entire interactive keynote address on ethical intelligence, plus bonus material on the ethics of apologies; talking politics at work; and giving and receiving criticism.

The running time is 1 hour, and the cost is $39.95 plus $5.95 Priority Mail shipping to U.S. residences.  (Ask for rates outside of U.S.)

Watch an excerpt here.


Boring but Really Good and Helpful!

I try not to spend too much time tracking down reviews of my books, but I couldn’t help but chuckle when I came across what a teen reviewer named Angela had to say about my penultimate work, Is It Still Cheating If I Can’t Get Caught?

She wrote, “[E]ven though it got boring towards the end, it was still really good and helpful.”  This is the kind of candor I appreciate!

You can read her review in full, along with others, here.

Read it at your local library or order if from your favorite independent bookseller or here.

Is America in Danger of Losing its Ethics and Morals?

A provocative question, which I address on Vipp Jaswal’s Fox News Radio show. Listen to it here.

The Right and Wrong Ways to Apologize

A running gag in the 1970s sitcom Happy Days was Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli’s inability to admit a mistake. The first two words, “I was,” came out fine, but it was that third one, “wrong,” that always tripped him up. Try as he might (and boy, did he try), the Fonz simply could not proclaim error. “I was wrrrr-rrr-rrr” was about the closest he could get. Decades later, many of us are still laughing at how Fonzie exemplified this all-too-human foible.

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The Funniest Man in America

The funniest man in America is someone you’ve probably never heard of. His name is Brent Douglas, and his comic persona is a rustic, angry fellow named Roy D. Mercer. For 30 years and until very recently, Douglas and his late partner Phil Stone were the morning DJ’s at KMOD-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Posing as Mercer, Douglas called people at work and complained about some bizarre problem he claimed they’d caused. He then demanded payment or promised “an all-day country a**-whuppin’.”
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