Healthcare Reform

I am often asked what ethical questions are posed by healthcare reform. Like healthcare reform itself, this is an very complex issue about which confusion abounds. For example, healthcare reform extends healthcare coverage to more individuals. But it does so in part by cutting Medicare. Is this right? Are we financing our social goals on the backs of seniors? Healthcare reform also tries to push the costs of Medicare down through a program called the Medicare Shared Savings Program. I can’t explain the whole thing here but the basic idea is that Medicare rewards you if you drive down the costs for a given patient population while maintaining or improving quality. This sounds like a wonderfully noble idea Read the rest of this entry »

Be a Source of Ethical Influence

Some who have commented on Make An Ethical Difference: Tools for Better Action have pointed out that the tools provided for making an ethical difference are also good tools of influence. This makes sense since accomplishing something in ethics often means influencing people. Most discussion of influence are thinly veiled manuals on how to manipulate others. The problem with this is that people recognize that they have been manipulated and limit your future influence. When you influence with ethics, there is no rebound effect. In fact, your ability to influence grows as you learn to influence with ethics. A recent piece in CEO Magazine discusses just this point: http://chiefexecutive.net/4-ways-ceos-successfully-influence-decisions

How to Handle Whistleblowers

In my years as an ethics consultant, the one question that never goes away is, “What do we do about whistleblowers?” Companies always fear the trouble that whistleblowers may cause, but they seldom take the right precautionary steps. The whistleblower you need to worry about is the one who takes a concern outside of the company whether through litigation or the use of media or both. In order, not to have to worry about these external whistleblowers, you have to learn to love your internal whistleblowers – something few companies do. I write about this in some detail in a recent piece for the Globe and Mail‘s Leadership Lab. You can read it at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/leadership-lab/why-embracing-whistleblowers-could-save-your-reputation/article17858924/ and give me comments at councile@aol.com.

Center for Creative Leadership

I have always loved the Center for Creative Leadership which was kind enough to interview me. They do good work! The interviewer was very nice and very bright and managed to cover my mistakes. You can read it at the link below.

Mark

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Ethics Is Brain Food

Many of those who have read my book note that the advice given concerning ethical decision making is just plain good advice about making decisions. The truth is that what makes you a good ethical thinker does make you a better thinker – period. The reverse is not true. Being a good thinker does not make you more ethical. I did a full piece on this for the Toronto Globe and Mail in their career section. How can ethics make you a better thinker? Go to Globe and Mail.

Ethical Agreement

Make an Ethical Difference has been getting a lot of PR which of course is all to the good except that it makes it hard to keep this page up to date. One of the topics that focuses the book is why people disagree so much about ethics – and whether it matters. People just have a hard time changing their minds when it comes to ethics. An article on this topic appeared at Yahoo News. I was asked to write something on why truth telling matters, especially for CEOs, for CEO magazine. I always appreciate comments on these pieces, none of which is repetitious of the book, at my personal email address councile@aol.com.

Different Ways People Make Ethical Choices

You might enjoy this article from BusinessWeek about the different ways in which people make ethical choices:

BusinessWeek Article: The Different Ways People Handle Ethical Issues in the Workplace