Most people would agree that leaders are responsible for balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders. But knowing that, we are still left with these questions: Which stakeholders should we include? Should some stakeholders carry more weight than others? Once we have considered the situation and the needs of the stakeholders, how will we know which decisions would…

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Nicole Zwieg Daly, J.D, Ed.D. Let’s break this down into its two parts. First, let’s define ethical or ethics. Ethics are the moral principles or values that govern an individual’s behavior(s). Second, let’s define perspective. A perspective is a person’s particular attitude toward something or his/her unique point of view. Think of it like this:…

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What is altruism? Put simply, it’s the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life. By: Matthieu Ricard This video is shared under a…

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The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDxAthens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness. By: Rory Sutherland This video is shared under a Creative Commons license (BY-NC-ND 4.0). Please visit Ted.com. This TED Talk originally appeared on TEDxAthens in…

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Imagine you’re watching a runaway trolley barreling down the tracks, straight towards five workers. You happen to be standing next to a switch that will divert the trolley onto a second track. Here’s the problem: that track has a worker on it, too – but just one. What do you do? Do you sacrifice one…

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Everyone has heard stories of unethical managers who are unfair to their employees. This video from Gregg Learning provides the basics on how companies and managers can treat employees more ethically (and vice versa). Human resources professionals must help create a work environment that honors fairness, protects individual privacy, treats all workers with dignity and…

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The word “ask” in the question poses an interesting ethical conundrum. Q: Our company recently released a group of disgruntled employees who have since written negative reviews online. Is it appropriate to ask long-term employees to write about their more positive experiences? A: The short answer is that it would not be appropriate. We live…

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