March 2008

The Four Horsemen

When it comes to corruption, the Four Horsemen of the Ethical Apocalypse remain:  Money, Power, Influence and Arrogance.

In a 2006 survey that I conducted with Zogby International and the Center for Cultural Studies and Analysis, Americans have decidedly low levels of trust and … Read More

It’s Good To Be Honest!

Well… maybe with this guy, you could make the case for too much honesty.

But the reality is that in the last several years we have seen an unsettling number of ethics scandals.  And every time another indignity is reported, our level of trust and … Read More

Real Leadership

In his book, “A Higher Standard of Leadership” Keshavan Nair writes, “Today, many people believe that it is not possible to be successful in the world of business and politics and still to maintain one’s integrity – integrity not defined by absence of financial corruption, … Read More

What Did He Do, Now?

Okay class, let’s all bow our heads in a moment of silence for the retirement of Robert Montgomery “Bobby” Knight, “the winningest coach in Division I men’s college basketball.”

Moment over. I’m now going to say something that will more than likely be anathema to … Read More

A Man of Integrity

One of the best things about the new HBO mini-series “John Adams” is the humanity the actors bring to their parts. While I was watching I kept thinking,“I’ll bet that’s the way it was.”The second is how the filmmakers allow us to witness … Read More

The Janitor

Michael Clayton is about a man who’s traded his moral compass for a GPS device fixed on wealth and rank.  That emptiness you see in his eyes comes from the thousand-and-one compromises he’s made in his life until he wakes up one evening to a … Read More

The Elmer Gantry Effect

The bloggers, the media and everyone in-between are having a field day over the recent sex-scandal involving, soon-to-be Ex-Governor, Eliot Spitzer.

Cable news channels are bursting with lawyers, politicians, and pundits as well as former targets of Spitzer’s legal wrath – all weighing in with … Read More

March 2008 Ethical Hero – Colman McCarthy

Colman McCarthy is an anarchist… for Peace! An adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center who teaches at three DC area high-schools, Colman believes peace studies should be part of the core curriculum at every school and University in the country. “The most revolutionary thing … Read More

Top Ten Encouraging Ethics Stories of 2007

It’s easy to play the cynic and say everything’s going to hell in a hand basket when overwhelmed by the more than 1,650 ethics-related stories from last year.  It’s far more difficult to live up to a higher standard in spite of ethical failures.

This … Read More

Client 9

When a breach of trust occurs, so many people are affected.

When that breach occurs with an elected official, the implications are more far-reaching.  But Eliot Spitzer was no ordinary, elected official.  He was elected governor of the state of New York in large part … Read More