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The Humility and Hubris of the Pursuit of Excellence

August 1, 2014 Quotes, Observations

As I embark on a pilgrimage with my 65-year-old little brother to see the Baseball Hall of Fame, I am also frantically trying to complete a book on “The Exemplary Policing Organization.” As my two worlds collided, I got to thinking about what it means to be exemplary, to be one of the best ever at something — to be worthy of inclusion […]

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The Profound Power of Teamwork

July 31, 2014 Uncategorized

It’s amazing how much can be accomplished when no one is worried about who will get the credit. The profound power of teamwork is the sublimation of personal ego to successful accomplishment of a common goal.

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NOTE TO THE BOSS: Most of us tend to judge our competence and character based on our greatest accomplishments, most noble acts and best intentions but we will be judged by others based on our last worst act.

July 30, 2014 Insights

Tell the truth 100 times, but lie once and you will be thought of as a liar; respond to mistakes and foolish acts with great patience and understanding 100 times, but publicly embarrass an employee with a withering insult just once and you will be known as mean and brutal tyrant. The point: be very […]

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It’s easy to find people who understand costs. The challenge is to find people who understand values.

July 29, 2014 Uncategorized
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What you allow, you encourage.

July 28, 2014 Uncategorized

Whether you are manager, teacher or parent it’s important to set clear boundaries that you are willing to enforce in a meaningful way. If the response to negative conduct is certain and soon it usually need not be severe. Often its enough to just prove that you mean what you say and that your standards […]

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Team Building Exercises to Build Trust Among Employees

July 16, 2014 positive thinking

Guest post by Monica Gomez Over 250 years ago, English theologian and poet Isaac Watts said, “Learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult tasks.” And he  may be especially true in the competitive environment of the workplace, where jockeying for position and battling over turf are often widespread. Suspicion and mutual mistrust at work […]

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How to Generate Trust Through “Good Growth”

June 9, 2014 Business Ethics

Guest post by Dennis Nally Lack of trust in business is still a major concern for CEOs. Indeed, half of the respondents to PwC’s 17th Annual Global CEO Survey, published in January 2014, identified this lack of trust as a threat to their growth prospects. This number is up sharply from the 37 percent who cited […]

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VIDEO: Michael Josephson on Creating an Effective Compliance Program

April 9, 2014 Beyond Compliance

On March 31 in San Diego, California, Michael Josephson addressed attendees of the Health Care Compliance Association’s 18th Annual Compliance Institute. The title of his speech: “Compliance Plus: Creating an Effective Compliance Program Using an Ethics Framework.” Click on this video to play the entire presentation:

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The Greyhound Principle: Ethical and Practical Aspects of Stretch Goals in Business

March 12, 2014 Business Ethics

A common management strategy to spur achievement is to set aggressive performance objectives that, like the mechanical rabbits that pace racing greyhounds, push employees to maximum effort. Using “stretch goals” can be successful, but unreasonably high performance goals often spawn dishonesty and irresponsibility. Believing that “it’s a matter of survival,” a disturbing number of employees conclude […]

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Nine Rules for Making Good Decisions

February 3, 2014 Decision Making

Josephson Institute’s Making Ethical Decisions booklet presents a decision-making model and examines what leads to good choices (and what steers us off course). Here is a list of rules that will help you keep your moral compass calibrated. These are not taken directly from Making Ethical Decisions, but they draw on many of its themes. […]

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Responsibilities in the Employer-Employee Relationship

January 15, 2014 Leadership

By Michael Josephson The employer-employee relationship should not be looked at simply in economic terms. It is a significant human relationship of mutual dependency that has great impact on the people involved and both the employer and the employee have moral obligations arising from this relationship.

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QUOTE: The money you have can give you freedom, but the money you pursue enslaves you. – Rousseau

January 10, 2014 Quotes, Observations

Disdain for money is a common theme among moralists and philosophers. But money’s not the problem. It’s what people do to get it and what they do with it when they get it. The Biblical warning that “love of money is the root of all evil” reminds us to be aware of the difference between need and […]

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QUOTE: Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust. — Zig Ziglar

January 10, 2014 Integrity
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Ten Benefits of Having an Ethics Code

December 30, 2013 Ethics Codes

“The single measure that would most improve corporate governance is the establishment by senior management of an ethical business culture.” – 2003 survey of corporate directors and general counsel The point of a corporate ethics code is to promote ethical behavior – not to enhance productivity, profits or public relations.  Still, a sound, well-administered code can benefit […]

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Can Corporate Ethics Programs Do Any Good?

December 27, 2013 Ethics Codes

Lots of companies are focusing serious attention on the issues of ethics and values – and lots of people think that’s a waste of time. The skeptics argue that you can’t teach ethics to adults. By the time they’re in the workplace, they’re either ethical or not. It’s a plausible argument, but it misses the […]

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