It is so easy to say I am grateful that I often don’t stop to really, really experience gratitude. Saying the words doesn’t mean a thing without the feeling and it takes a moment of genuine reflection to summon that feeling. This Thanksgiving, don’t shortchange yourself with hollow words — EXPERIENCE THE FEELING.- Michael Josephson

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Employee Retention: No one wants to to be in a place where they are not valued.

November 25, 2014 Insights


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The Ethics of Opposition Research and Negative Campaigns in Business

November 21, 2014 Beyond Compliance

My guess is the ship has already sailed and I missed the launch, but I had no idea how professionalized the concept of opposition research had become and was really surprised to first hear the term “weaponize” in relation to facts. Just a few years ago, a major public relations firm was damaged by criticism that […]

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Life Insights: The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson

November 20, 2014 Uncategorized

Thomas Jefferson’s 10 Rules of Life [Which one is most pertinent to your life?] 1. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it […]

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RELATIONSHIPS. How important are good relationships to business success?

November 19, 2014 Uncategorized

If you agree that the ability to form and maintain good relationships is a key factor in business (and life) success. Consider this as rule #1. When you have the choice between being right and being kind, choose kindness.” – Wayne Dyer And remember you always have the choice!

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Poster & Quote: BE AUTHENTIC

November 18, 2014 Uncategorized

BE AUTHENTIC. Reject all that is fake – fake friends, fake emotions, fake ambitions – to please or impress others. Reject pretenses, deceptions and every other form of dishonesty. Insist on and give nothing less than, truth, sincerity and candor. – Michael Josephson

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INTEGRITY: Can you get what you want and be what you want?

November 15, 2014 Beyond Compliance

The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live. – Joan Baez Be careful about allowing your career ambitions to blur your vision of your life goals. Sometimes what it seems to require for success in your business life prevents you from being who you want to be. Find a way […]

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Will the Golden Rule Work in Business?

November 14, 2014 Beyond Compliance

Are the rules for living a good life really different from the rules in business. Do we change the goal of our activities from fulfillment to simply fillment?  There are practical advantages to living by the Golden Rule, not simply because it generates loyalty and a good reputation (which it does), but because it improves […]

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BUSINESS ETHICS INSIGHT: Kids who cheat in school are much more likely to become adults who cheat at work. By the way, people who will lie or cheat for you will also cheat and lie to you.

November 13, 2014 Uncategorized

Cheating is a habit. It’s a coping strategy that doesn’t necessarily go away when kids become adults. The integrity of your employees, customers and the folks at your own bank can have a major impact on your company. What are you doing to reduce the likelihood that you are hiring cheaters? (By the way people […]

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LIFE INSIGHT: What do your checkbook and calendar say about your values?

November 13, 2014 CHARACTER

If you want to know a person’s real values look how they spend their time and their money. – Michael Josephson. Click to see poster -.

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BUSINESS ETHICS INSIGHT: Good ethics is not simply a risk-management strategy (though it is an effective one), it is the only foundation that can sustain a good life or a great company.

November 12, 2014 Uncategorized

See article at  There are major differences between organizations with a compliance culture and those with an authentic values-based ethical culture.  Establishing a sustainable, high performance values-based culture requires sincere commitment based on the conviction that it is worthwhile, not because it will produce better results and higher morale (which it will) but because […]

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