Archive for February, 2008

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Reporters who leaked Prince Harry’s whereabouts went WAY too far!

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

I was absolutely outraged to learn just minutes ago that the international news media had leaked the fact that Britain’s Prince Harry is fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.  How they got the specifics of Prince Harry’s whereabouts apparently is as yet unknown, but by publishing the story these reporters put the prince and his fellow fighters [...]

Oscar’s apology to Whoopi was truly award-worthy

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

A standing ovation should go to producer Gil Cates, who delivered a top-notch apology to Whoopi Goldberg for omitting her from a montage featuring past Oscar hosts during Sunday’s Academy Awards. Goldberg, herself an Academy Award winner, was the first African American and woman ever to host the Oscars, and she did so on four separate occasions.  Leaving her [...]

Does The New York Times owe Senator McCain an apology? I think so.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

After reading yesterday’s post in which I questioned some of Senator Clinton’s campaign tactics, a friend took me to task over lunch today for failing to challenge The New York Times’ article insinuating that Senator John McCain might have had a “romantic” relationship several years ago with a female lobbyist.  (Two anonymous former McCain aides apparently [...]

Senator Clinton, knock it off!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Since I began writing The Business Ethics Blog, I’ve made an active effort to stay away from partisan politics.  Good ethics are not the exclusive property of any political party, nor are occasional mistakes that call for apologies the foibles of either the Left or the Right.  I have tremendous respect for political leaders on [...]

Use Stephen M.R. Covey’s “The Speed of Trust” to rev up your business and personal relationships

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

If you’ve been concerned that your clients, customers and business associates seem reluctant to deal with you, the problem may be, to quote the old Billy Joel song, “a matter of trust.”  Let’s face it – no matter how good your products and services might be, if people don’t trust you, they’ll drag their feet [...]

Did Food Network chef overseason his credentials?

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

As a dedicated Food Network fan, I was saddened to read in the Tampa Bay Times this week that chef Robert Irvine has been accused of exaggerating his past professional successes.  Irvine, the hunky, hard-driving star of Food Network’s “Dinner Impossible” series, allegedly claimed a top-flight knighthood he never received, an unsubstantiated friendship with the Prince [...]

Castro’s retirement presents U.S. companies with new opportunities to demonstrate strong business ethics

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Cuban leader Fidel Castro has announced his retirement, a move that probably surprised almost no one.  After all, it’s been months since Castro “temporarily” ceded authority to his brother to deal with serious health problems.  Sooner or later, the ailing leader was bound to step down. Castro’s departure will give the Bush Administration an opportunity to [...]

Post-Valentine’s Day: hearts, flowers and apologies?

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Now that the candy’s been eaten and the roses are starting to wilt, how was your Valentine’s Day?  If you’re like almost half of us, it may not have been terrific.  In the days leading up to what’s supposed to be the year’s most romantic holiday, the Web was awash in commentary and articles offering [...]

Lerach got convicted – but he just doesn’t get it

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Securities litigator Bill Lerach was sentenced to a mere two years in prison this week for paying kickbacks to potential plaintiffs in high stakes class-action lawsuits.  For my non-lawyer readers, that’s a major no-no.  Lawyers are required to zealously represent our clients, but we’re not supposed to go out and bribe people to bring lawsuits so [...]

Subprime mortgage woes spark insurance fraud

Monday, February 11th, 2008

ABC reported on “Good Morning, America” today that, in the wake of the subprime mortgage mess, some U.S. homeowners are actually setting fire to their own homes to avoid losing them in foreclosure.  Apparently, these desperate people believe that their homeowners’ insurance will pay out on the fires, helping rescue them from their financial woes.  Talk about [...]

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