Ethics Aikido is the art pushing back without pushback. It doesn’t take a black belt. Just one simple question. I used it once to stop a potentially scandalous $500,000 plane flight. We’ve all found ourselves in ethical jams. Our bosses or colleagues want to do something we think is wrong, or plays too close to…

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People don’t want to survive: they want to thrive. To show how, my podcast with World Commerce and Contracting explores The Right Way to Win: The ROI of Ethics and Success. The podcast covers: How ethics and business success reinforce each other How leaders send the message from the top How enforcement trends target middle…

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What makes us friends with somebody? Marriage v Friendship “Marriage” is an easier thing to understand. It is a civil contract and/or religious covenant with a defined beginning, defined rights and duties, and defined end. When entering or staying in a marriage, motives and conduct don’t matter. A person who got married for money or…

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A recent Corporate Compliance article featured my Best Practices for leveraging U.S. Department of Justice Guidance on Evaluating Corporate Compliance and Ethics Programs (DOJ Guidance). The DOJ will apply the Guidance in deciding whether to prosecute or fine you or your business. Wise people will take note. And use the Guidance to their advantage. Don’t…

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President Trump recently called for the U.S. Government to get a slice of proceeds from the forced sale of TikTok to a U.S. buyer. There may be legitimate national-security reasons for Trump to force TikTok’s Chinese owners to sell the personal-data-rich social media application to U.S. investors. And arguably, the forced sale will take place…

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Breakthrough inventions happen when we solve technical contradictions without performance trade-offs. For example, you need to cut a material fast but without building up heat. The solution: cut with a jet of cold, high-pressure water. Steve Jobs’s contradiction was running the world’s largest start-up: how to meld public-company size and scale with start-up innovation and…

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