Category Archive: Business

Dec 30

Go Forth and Spam No More

The debate rages on at conferences, meetings, online media, and in just plain gossip. Why does everyone say they hate spam and then engage in the same practices they deplore? This is especially puzzling when the spaminator is a recruiter who is not only supposed to know better, but also needs to woo a target …

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May 11

The Rules for Being Funny… or Serious

Here it is in a nutshell: There are no rules. I’m sorry if you expected more than that, but anyone who professes to know a one-size-fits-all definition for each band of the humor spectrum is lying or misguided at best. It is usually a matter of situation and timing for something to be found funny. …

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Oct 30

Fine Tuning Business Ethics

A popular concept in science fiction is to consider a parallel universe where cultural norms are reversed. There are an infinite number of possible situations that would make travel to one of these dimensions enlightening or humorous… or both. Daily life in our universe is never seen to be out of the ordinary because we …

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Oct 28

Why There Is Business Ethics

Once upon a time [about 2500 years ago] in a land far away [Greece, to be exact] philosophers began to consider pure virtue as the moral descriptor in determining ethical behavior. Socrates urged teachers, pupils, and ordinary people to turn inward and reflect on the human experience. Knowledge of self was the prerequisite course in …

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Oct 18

Standards of Ethics and Hidden Agenda

This was originally posted on June 18, 2013 as “Always Look For These Ten Hidden Agenda Items” and has been selected and edited as an example of ethical foundations for moral decisions. A quote from Socrates: “A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception …

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