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Leadership: Evaluating Ethical Awareness

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical awareness may have been considered private in the past, but it has become easier to observe in a society that is always socially connected.

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Pluralism: 9 Elements Required For Ethical Leadership

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Pluralism is required in our leadership thinking because it drives how we treat people and make decisions. It's the mindset required for important ethical leadership responsibilities such as respect, inclusion, and cultural awareness. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking quotes ethical leadership global ethics pluralism and leadership what is ethical leadership? what is pluralism

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Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From Isolation

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Some people may think that the change we are experiencing as a result of COVID-19 is a temporary inconvenience, but it's much more than that. It's a wake-up call that we have been living too close to the edge, rushing through precious moments. We have been postponing sustainable practices that can contribute to our wellness and the well-being of the planet.

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Who’s Accountable For Ethical Artificial Intelligence?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Who is accountable for ethical artificial intelligence? How do you build accountability into your organization's use of AI? I was recently invited to answer those questions in a guest blog post published on the EDUCAUSE Professional Development Commons and EDUCAUSE Review.

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How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

How to Be Human (Together)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton This week I'm sharing an edited compilation of three previously published posts that are relevant for leaders and organizations wanting to honor human rights in chaotic times. The first addresses the risk of excluding any humans from our organizational statement of inclusion.

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17 Leadership Paradoxes

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COVID-19 has brought us many challenges including balancing economic and human factors, moving quickly but taking time to show compassion and so on. This Center for Creative Leadership video succinctly introduces 6 paradoxes in the essential leadership skills required in a post-COVID world.

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COVID-19 Response: 12 Resources for Business

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By Linda Fisher Thornton It's important to understand the business impact of the Coronavirus challenge when making critical business decisions.

The Voice of the (Un)Ethical Leader

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By Linda Fisher Thornton There is great variation in how leaders “use their voice” in pursuit of their work. Some use it to engage and empower others, others use it to deflect unwanted observations or to create distance that isolates them from people they don’t want to listen to.

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Are We Focusing on Employee Engagement Metrics (And Missing the Point)?

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Employee engagement is a metric that companies are closely watching. Using surveys, levels of participation in programs, and satisfaction reports, companies measure how well they engage those they lead. Butcould this heightened level of watching be part of the problem?

“Ethical Thinking Isn’t Automatic”

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"For ethical leadership to stick, the culture needs an infrastructure that consistently supports acting on stated values.Ethical cultures treat ethical thinking as something that must be cultivated, demonstrated, and practiced over time.".

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COVID & the Future of Work: Insights from Paycor’s C-Suite

In Paycor’s newest report, our Chief Executive and Group Leaders consider how your clients will recruit, manage their workforce, optimize benefits, and foster employee experience in the new normal of 2020 and beyond. For actionable insights and tips download and share our guide with your clients!

Ethical Thinking: 3 Questions to Ask in the New Year

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Each year I raise questions that help leaders stay current as ethical expectations change. Here are 3 new questions to ponder as we head into a New Year.

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5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership (Part 1)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton This post is the first in a Series exploring 5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership as we approach IoT Day on April 14th.

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10 Tricky Questions About Ethics and Leadership Answered

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By Linda Fisher Thornton. Go Into the New Year With Answers. This week I'm sharing answers to your burning questions about ethics and ethical leadership - What is it? How do you stay up to speed in spite of rapidly accelerating expectations?

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Why It’s Time to Stop Saying We’re “Better Than” Other People

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It's time to stop telling leaders they will only succeed if they are "better than" the competition. It's time for business schools to stop telling students that they are "better than" their peers in the class or "better than" students in other programs.

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Unethical Leadership: Selective Respect

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By Linda Fisher Thornton We've seen selective respect too often. Beyond harming the people who are disrespected, it also destroys trust, and leads to chaotic environments and fear-based cultures. Even though we've all seen selective respect in action, we may not have had the vocabulary to describe why it's wrong (beyond calling it mean or inappropriate). This week I'm digging in to those details. .

Why HR Technology Matters Now More Than Ever

When a crisis hits, HR technology gives business leaders the data, tools, and support to make important business decisions quickly. In this report, Josh Bersin breaks down the 4 key benefits of HR tech and demonstrates through case studies how business leaders can leverage it to solve problems and grow. Download this report to learn more!

Ignoring Toxic Leadership is Not Worth the Tradeoffs

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Toxic behavior is a problem in organizations across industries and it's often ignored because leaders fear the consequences of having performance conversations. Organizations that delay dealing with toxic behavior find that it spreads and erodes the integrity of an ethical culture.

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How Are You Using Your Influence?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton With leadership responsibility comes a certain amount of influence. We can impact how people think. We can advise them on the choices they make and invite them to follow our lead. Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” […]. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 lenses book ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethical lenses ethics

Ethical Leadership: Beyond Insight to Action

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Have you had an insight while attending a conference? While listening to a speaker, you hear a new idea that strikes you as important, and you jot it down to follow up. But do you ever follow up?

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Are Best Practices Really Best?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Organizations are facing multiple connected challenges. First, they need to prevent ethical mistakes in a high speed, highly transparent business environment. Second, they need to engage leaders in relevant ethical learning so that the principles "stick" and are used to handle real problems. Third, they need to help leaders apply ethical thinking so they don't just take "best practices" at face value.

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Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.

Respect, Interpreted Part 3

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By Linda Fisher Thornton What exactly does respect look like? It's a question that is difficult to answer, but we need an answer if we are going to be able to help our leadership teams learn how to show it, recognize it, and expect it from others. This week I'm sharing some work I've done that may help. . Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization define unethical leadership ethical employer ethics and leadership unethical employer unethical leadership in business

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5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership (Part 2)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton This is Part 2 in a Series exploring 5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership in celebration of IoT Day on April 9th. Part 1 included an Introduction and the importance of Ethical Foresight. Part 2 explores the 1st Ethical Dimension of IoT Leadership: Ethical Design.

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Human Leadership is the Leadership We Need

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As we struggle with compounding challenges around the world, people are more and more frequently seeking information about human or humane leadership. Why is the topic so timely? Ethical Leader ethical leadership development Ethical Organization ethics & talent management quotes Trends ethical leader ethical leadership ethical talent management ethics and management what is human leadership

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Leaders: Is An Insider Mindset Ethical?

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Leaders focus on the good of their teams, organizations and communities. They work to achieve challenging goals and outcomes and they handle day-to-day crises. HOW they do that is shaped by their mindsets. Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking ethics & talent management ethical leadership development ethical leadership in a global society ethical leadership mindset ethical mindset ethics in leadership leadership skills

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9 Ways to Manage Costs and Prepare for Future Growth

SMB leaders are working day and night to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Successfully managing it requires the CFO and HR leader to make complex decisions quickly, without rushing into an uncoordinated response. Foremost among these decisions will be cost containment. The way organizations manage costs now will determine how well they perform during and after COVID-19. Download our guide and start preparing for the future today.

The Complexity of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making (Part 4)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Who we include in our ethical thinking, and how broadly we consider our responsibility to others are important elements of ethical leadership. In Part 1 of this series, I explored the Depth of our thinking, and in Part 2, I broke down issues related to understanding Context. In Part 3, I looked at Complexity. In Part 4, we'll dig into the importance of Inclusion.

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Are Ethics and Morals Different?

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With my background in Linguistics, I tend to view the divergence of ethics terms (that originally meant the same thing) as a distraction from what we need to know and do.

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Consumer Trends: 5 Things Brands Should Know

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We've seen many articles about ethical consumerism, conscious capitalism and the responsible consumer. The bottom line is that consumers continue to expect much more from brands than an honest and perfectly executed transaction.

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What Drives Engagement? Is it Ethics?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton While there is not yet one common definition of employee engagement, according to Mandrake, "common themes found in most definitions include a commitment to and belief in the organization and its values and a willingness and ability to contribute ‘discretionary effort’ to help the organization succeed" (Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Engagement: Making the Connection, Mandrake). What really drives engagement? To what degree does ethics play a part?

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HR Benchmark Report: How to Recruit, Coach & Develop Teams

Do you really want a team of all-stars? Instead of trying to hire all Type A high performers, research shows it’s much more effective to hire a mix of personalities. In this report, Paycor will explain why and how to go about assembling, coaching, and developing effective teams at work.

Top Post Series of 2019: Leading in Context Blog

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By Linda Fisher Thornton. The Top Post Series this year reflects the challenges of applying ethical thinking and decision making to complex problems.

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The End of Ethical Compartmentalization

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By Linda Fisher Thornton That Was Then What people did in their spare time used to be private, allowing them to assume varying personas in their different roles. Someone could be buttoned up and ethical at work, but make really bad decisions elsewhere. People could choose to think about their lives as made up of separate roles that had separate rules. Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking ethical and authentic leadership ethical leadership development ethics Leadership leadership development

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5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership (Part 5)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Part 1 in this series introduced 5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership and the importance of ethical foresight. Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 explored the dimensions of Ethical Design, Legal Compliance. and Human Impact. Today's post explores a new dimension - Evolving Ecosystem.

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A Message About Gifts

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By Linda Fisher Thornton It has been a challenging year. This week I reflect on the progress being made (that may not show up in the news headlines) and how we can use our gifts in pursuit of good.

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3 Reasons to Invest in a Learning Culture: RECRUIT, RETAIN, ENGAGE

One of the least explored and most effective ways to drive recruiting, retention, and overall employee engagement is to establish a learning culture. If this is an area where you need help (or if you could just use a refresher) let Paycor walk you through actionable tips and insights on how you can develop the learning culture that works best for your business.

The Complexity of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making (Part 2)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton In Part 1 of this series I looked at the importance of Deep Thinking. In Part 2, we'll be considering the Context. No matter how much effort it takes to understand the context (whether we like it or not) we can't expect to make an ethical decision without it. Understanding the Context Without seeing the context - a broad and sweeping view of the issues we are discussing or trying to resolve - we are describing or trying to solve a SUBSET of the real issue.

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The Complexity of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making (Part 6)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton This series has explored 5 important spheres of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making. This week I'm summing it up in a checklist that will help you apply all 5 to your daily choices. When you are making a key decision, run it through the checklist to be sure you have considered all 5 important dimensions. .

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Foster Your Ethical Brand Reputation

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Connect Magazine invited me to weigh in on why ethical brand reputation is so important and how brands can build and foster stronger images.­ In this article I share practical advice on protecting ethical brands and five top leadership trends I see unfolding in 2020. It's worth a read for those who want to use the time during the pandemic to figure out how they can build a stronger company and a stronger brand that is ready for an uncertain future. .

16 Answers To What is Good Leadership?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton The theme I noticed in the most viewed posts on this blog in 2018 was Looking For a Better Kind of Leadership. Google reported that the most popular Google searches in 2018 were about how we can be good people. It sounds like it's a great time to explore the question "What is Good Leadership? While it's tempting to over simplify leadership and think about it as any one thing, good leadership can only be fully understood by thinking about it in multiple ways.

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The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.