27 03, 2009

The Ethics of Work-Life Balance

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The recession pushes some to work harder than ever, but overextending yourself won’t save your job, and it’s unethical, too . By Bruce Weinstein, PhD We are a nation in pain. According to a Mar. 12 Gallup poll, the number of people in this country classified as “suffering” has increased by 3 million over the past year. Managers and business owners experienced the greatest loss of well-being; 60.8% of businesses were thriving in the first quarter of 2008, but this number decreased by almost 14% by the fourth quarter. […]

13 03, 2009

We Need an Ethics Czar to Battle a Widespread Breakdown in Standards

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Few Americans rate highly the ethical standards of executives, lawyers, members of Congress, or stockbrokers. By Bruce Weinstein, PhD Energy Czar. Health Reform Czar. Technology Czar. Green Czar. President Barack Obama continues to line up an impressive array of policy leaders to tackle our ever-mounting social and economic problems. Tough times call for creative solutions, and the President is right to look for the best and the brightest to heal our battered economy and bruised infrastructure. […]

30 01, 2009

Are You a Good Leader?

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You will be if you draw on key ethical principles. Here’s how to do it, whether you’re a CEO, a banker, an entrepreneur, or anyone else in business By Bruce Weinstein, PhD “Never underestimate the other guy’s greed.” This isn’t just a classic line from the 1983 Brian De Palma film, Scarface (written by Oliver Stone). It also reflects the attitude that has caused the economic disaster we’re now clawing ourselves out of. Isn’t it time for a new way of thinking? […]

21 11, 2008

The Ethics of Being a Tightwad

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Amid the economic slump, don’t feel bad about putting saving ahead of spending. In fact, it’s unethical to squander money you can’t afford to spend. By Bruce Weinstein, PhD You can’t blame the American consumer for feeling frustrated. After all, we’re caught on the horns of a dilemma: We’re supposed to continue spending our rapidly dwindling dollars to keep our faltering economy from collapsing altogether, but we’re also told to save as much money as we can to prepare for an uncertain future. What to do? […]

4 11, 2008

A Code of Ethics for President-Elect Obama

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Here are some guidelines to keep America’s new leader on track as he tackles some daunting tasks By Bruce Weinstein, PhD The most heated, high-stakes, and divisive Presidential election in recent memory is now over, and on Jan. 20, 2009, the U.S. will welcome Barack Obama as our next President. Even the most diehard Republicans would have to agree that President-Elect Obama ran an outstanding campaign, but Obama’s greatest challenges lie ahead: preventing our teetering economy from collapsing, ending a war that most U.S. citizens believe has gone on for far too long, helping more than 40 million uninsured Americans get the health care they need, improving an education system that has long been in disarray, and many more seemingly insurmountable tasks. […]