Archive for February, 2011

Did David Wu really have to apologize?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis knows that I’m a great believer in the value of apologies. I frequently tell clients that, when there’s any question about whether to apologize or not, it’s usually a good idea to bite the bullet and do it. After all, nobody’s perfect, and it’s almost always [...]

Should companies disclose their products’ environmental impact?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

My friend Ernest was complaining a few days ago about a recent trip he’d made to the supermarket. He was looking for dishwasher detergent and, being an environmentally conscious sort, wanted to buy the product that would biodegrade most quickly. Search as he might, though, he couldn’t figure out which detergents were biodegradable and which [...]

Harlequin to patent the kiss? Oh, come on!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I’m shaking my head over a report in today’s edition of AOL News. In the “okay, now I’ve seen everything” category, Harlequin Enterprises, publisher of those notorious bodice-ripper novels, has reportedly filed an application with the U.S. Patent Office to patent “The Essential Romantic Kiss” or, more succinctly, “The Kiss.” Harlequin’s [...]

Is grade inflation ethical?

Monday, February 7th, 2011

A young woman (let’s call her Cindy) who graduated from college last spring and was lucky enough to find a job got the shock of her life when she received her first year-end evaluation. Cindy’s boss came down hard, belitting both the quality and quantity of work she produced and faulting her for spending too [...]

America has armed Egypt – but to what end?

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

For the past several days, I’ve watched news reports out of Egypt with increasing alarm. Much as I believe in free speech, the looting and violence that have accompanied the protests in Cairo are more than a little troubling. The Egyptian government’s efforts to suppress news reports about the situation there are also of concern, [...]