Ethikos Editor’s Weekly Picks: Every Decision Changes the Ethical Culture Equation


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Every Decision Changes the Ethical Culture Equation

Linda Fisher Thornton on LinkedIn:
Ethics has a compounding effect on culture, and our leadership choices determine whether that effect will be positive or negative. Being diligent about ethics in every decision brings the culture ethics dividends. Being careless about ethics brings ethics penalties. Read more

How Morality Changes in a Foreign Language

Julie Sedivy for Scientific American:
What defines who we are? Our habits? Our aesthetic tastes? Our memories? If pressed, I would answer that if there is any part of me that sits at my core, that is an essential part of who I am, then surely it must be my moral center, my deep-seated sense of right and wrong. Read more

Corporate Ethics In the Era of Millennials

Paul A. Argenti for NPR:
In 2015, 81 percent of Fortune 500 companies published sustainability reports, up from 20 percent in 2011, according to a report released by the Governance & Accountability Institute in June. Companies are publicizing their ethical standards and responsibility efforts, and consumers are punishing companies that appear to fall short Read more

Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk

Michael Volkov for Corruption, Crime & Compliance:
The phrase tone at the top is becoming trite. Compliance professionals use it over and over, and few people explain how to apply the concept.   Speakers and webinar presenters always gloss over tone at the top, emphasizing its importance but providing little practical advice. Read more

Four Ways Your Leadership May Be Encouraging Unethical Behavior

Ron Carucci for Forbes:
Most leaders would claim they want the utmost ethical standards upheld by those they lead. But they might be shocked to discover that, even with the best of intentions, their own leadership may be corrupting the choices of those they lead. Read more
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