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By Joseph Williams | News about faith and business and how people see them intertwining.

Teaching Ethics In The Trump Era

Ethics is under attack. Headline after headline citing conflicts of interests from incoming elected officials, allegations of unpatriotic behavior as well as allegations of inappropriate behavior from senior leaders are routinely flooding the news. This real (and not fake news) has a profound …

Ethics

Why We’re Seeing So Many Corporate Scandals

Virtually every 21st century business scandal is reducible to a morality tale of a technology that allows us to do things we couldn’t before, coupled with major institutional failures that were enabled by failures of omission and commission of corporate leaders.<p>Consider the major, self-inflicted …

Harvard Business Review

The gig economy is here to stay. So making it fairer must be a priority

As the number of workers living in poverty grows, is it possible to have an ethically driven system?<p>What to do about today’s capitalism? As ever, it is the bearer of the modern, the change agent whose innovations are welcome even as its social effects are deplored. It reinvents our lives with …

Corporate Ethics In The Era Of Millennials

Corporate social responsibility has been added to the growing list of demands that investors, customers and employees present to companies.<p>In 2015, 81 percent of Fortune 500 companies published sustainability reports, up from 20 percent in 2011, according to a report released by the Governance & …

CSR

Business owner uses technology to give back to God

<b>Scott Moore</b>, co-founder of <b>Trident Technology Solutions</b>, was attending a weekly Bible study with several local business owners when he began to feel …

Does God Belong In The Boardroom? 1,800 CEOs Say Yes

I take my 30 years of reading the great classics of Economics, Literature, History, Political Science, Philosophy and Theology, and apply what I've learned to the most demanding problems which leaders face, especially investors and entrepreneurs.<p>The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions …

Leadership

You’re Never Done Finding Purpose at Work

Do you dread going into the office Monday morning? Maybe a new boss has entered the equation, creating a rift between how you once felt and how you now feel. Perhaps your company has recently been acquired, changing the culture. Maybe you simply have outgrown your role and are bored to tears in …

Harvard Business Review

Creative strategies for business and social impact

<b>By: David Gustave</b><p>Plenty of people can make money. Some can create social change. Doing both requires real creativity, but that's where great business people should be aiming.<p>Making change happen is not an individual pursuit. My vision is to bring other businesses into a brave new world where their …

Business

12 Habits Of Genuine People

I am the author of the best-selling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the cofounder of TalentSmart, a consultancy that serves more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies and is the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training (www.TalentSmart.com). My books have been …

Management

NYT burnishes Seattle’s reputation for world-changing nonprofits, fueled by tech money

It goes without saying that Paul Allen and Bill Gates had an enormous impact on Seattle. But their influence on the region goes beyond Microsoft and …

Can we trust robots to make moral decisions?

Last week, Microsoft inadvertently revealed the difficulty of creating moral robots. Chatbot Tay, designed to speak like a teenage girl, turned into a Nazi-loving racist after less than 24 hours on Twitter. “Repeat after me, Hitler did nothing wrong,” she said, after interacting with various …

Robotics

Values Don't Matter Unless You're Living Them

I am the chief culture officer for Stericycle, global public company with 25,000 employees. Prior to that, I was the founder/CEO of BerylHealth, a company that won nine awards as a best place to work. I am a NYT best-selling author of three books about culture/employee engagement and speak often on …

Management

Here’s this year’s (flawed) Corruption Perception Index. Those flaws are useful.

On Wednesday, Transparency International (TI), the world’s leading anti-corruption organization, is publishing its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The CPI is a great tool for ensuring that corruption and anti-corruption measures remain on the public policy agenda, but we should …

Corruption

Why My Startup Shouldn’t Choose Between Money And Mission

We sometimes feel torn between growing our business & honoring our values. But without our values, we're less likely to reach profitability.<p>By almost any standards the startup in which I’m involved, Purple Carrot, has had a successful six weeks since our relaunch. We’re shipping more meals every …

Customer Retention

Robots are going to bring manufacturing back to the US — and that's not necessarily a good thing

The robot revolution will completely transform a number of industries by streamlining everything from finance to manufacturing.<p>It will also significantly drive down labor costs, which means companies that have shipped jobs overseas are increasingly bringing operations back to US soil — with …

Robotics

Seattle’s Santa gets kicked to the curb in corporate takeover

For 73 years, Santa has been a fixture in downtown Seattle, in large part because of one tiny Ballard company you’ve probably never heard of. But …

Commercial Real Estate
College & University

Google's 'Don't be evil' creed disappears as company morphs into Alphabet

Alphabet employees should still 'do the right thing'<p>For Google, with a new parent company comes a new code of conduct, and there's a pretty noticeable change. The search company's famous creed — "don't be evil" — is absent from Alphabet's new code of conduct.<p>The new code of conduct was published on …

Google

6 tips for strong organizational ethics

From serving clients to raising funds to managing staff, running a nonprofit can be difficult even before factoring in ethics and …

CEOs should think twice before putting on a brave face

In the wake of a scandal, CEOs should think twice before putting on a brave face. New research finds that showing sadness in your facial expression …

Business School

Most Meaningful Jobs - And What They Pay - Poets & Quants for Undergrads

Many college students aren’t looking for jobs with the highest pay. Instead, they dream of applying their talents, making an impact, and leaving a …

Relationships

Epic CEO to donate 99 percent of fortune

Epic founder Judy Faulkner is one of the latest billionaires to sign on to The Giving Pledge, the initiative launched by Bill Gates and Warren …

Is It Moral For Microsoft To Hire More Skilled Foreign Workers?

David Hyde talks with University of Washington philosophy professor Michael Blake about the ethics of proposals by companies in this region -- like …

All Your Clothes Are Made With Exploited Labor

Patagonia tried to stop human trafficking in its supply chain, but, as recently as 2011, internal audits found continuing abuses. Is the problem too massive for companies to solve?<p>In the more than 40 years since its founding as a clothing company, Patagonia has become a symbol of well-heeled …

Patagonia

Disney and Designers Nickel and Dime Workers

I'm a freelance journalist, author, and writer whose work has appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Technology Review, Chief Executive, and The Fiscal Times. Also, I write regularly for CBS MoneyWatch, Inc.com, and Daily Finance. I'm the …

Markets

Why A Values Fit Matters More Than A Culture Fit

Almost every company today screens potential hires for cultural fit. But what constitutes a company’s culture and how can you tell if a particular person fits into this particular mold?<p>The recent court case involving Ellen Pao, a junior investing partner fired from VC firm Kleiner Perkins who sued …

Employment

Minimum wage and the dignity of work

Here’s something I typed up shortly after LA increased their minimum wage, and am now revisiting and editing:<p>The minimum wage in both Los Angeles and …

Vampire CEOs Continue To Suck Blood

I consult with organizations around the world on leadership, innovation, management and business narrative. For many years I worked at the World Bank, where I held many management positions, including director of knowledge management (1996-2000). I am currently a director of the Scrum Alliance, an …

Management