Learning to do more in-depth thinking and taking full advantage of hidden decision-making opportunities can reduce anxiety. Note: This is part two in a three-part series addressing how leaders at every level can become better equipped to navigate the new world of work. Read part one on bridging the digital–human divide. Thirty years ago, Richard…

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John Huston, polar explorer and speaker inspires companies to stretch and conquer every challenge by inspiring them to go the distance. Tune in to this episode to join Mr. Huston in going where most have never gone before. Used by kind permission of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota & North Dakota. Originally broadcast on…

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Workplace campaigns continue to be a considerable player in charitable giving, generating over $4 billion annually. Workplace giving campaigns provide employees the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions to charitable organizations while on the job. Traditionally, an organization like the local United Way would organize an annual campaign, employees would pledge their gift, and the donation…

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First impressions can block objectivity, which can cause missed opportunities. Sometimes wanting to be “right” can take us in the wrong direction. This video was used with kind permission of PwC. June 23, 2017.

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Use this diagram as a way to frame and make ethical decisions. There are many recommendations for how to go about decision-making. But instead of “going with your gut” next time, consider trying this ethical decision model: Start by realizing you (or your business) faces a decision with ethical implications. Then, identify stakeholders who might…

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Dr. Kenneth Goodpaster, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of St. Thomas One way to think through a decision is to use the “four avenues.” Each “avenue” provides a different way to think about an issue. By working through all avenues, the final outcome is more likely to be ethically strong. The four avenues are:…

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While values are the foundation of ethical behavior, an ethical decision-making process lends clarity to difficult situations. Following the process guides decision-makers through problems to reach a workable solution. Using this model helps avoid unethical alternatives and unattractive consequences. Generally, a decision-making process should include the steps shown in the diagram below. Here are some…

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As a business owner, there’s plenty of challenges that you know how to handle yourself, but what about when it comes to business ethics? Ethics in business don’t come with an easy playbook or assigned advisor to help you manage them. Your CPA might be able to find financial impropriety, but that doesn’t mean they…

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Moral awareness is the first step along the pathway to consistent ethical behavior. It begins with an individual’s ability to detect a moral principle in danger or notice the violation of an ethical principle. Individuals who have strong moral awareness appreciate the ethical aspects of a decision that one must make.

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Framing describes how our responses to situations, including our ethical judgments, are impacted just by how those situations are posed or viewed.

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