Ethics Is Serious Business

Great Leadership By Dan

Building and maintaining physical infrastructure requires a certain kind of know-how, which we call engineering. The field that provides this kind of know-how is called ethics. This means that ethics is serious business. Ethical dilemmas are at least as hard to resolve as engineering problems, and at least as urgent, particularly in our complex and fast-moving world. It is a relatively straightforward matter to hire staff with engineering competence.

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Featured at Forbes: Tips for your company to excel ethically

ReImagine Work

When ethical responsibility becomes part of the culture, companies see huge benefits — a stronger reputation, higher employee retention, more interest from investors, and general trustworthiness. Forbes, Aug.

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This Is 'Out Of The Box' Thinking.

Rich Gee Group

Apple engineer rebuilds an ancient Greek mechanism — the oldest known computer – known as The Antikythera Mechanism.


First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another in the CONVERSATIONS AT EDGE series, in this instance a conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb. “The point we will be making here is that logically, neither trial and error nor “chance” and serendipity can be behind the gains in technology and empirical science attributed to them. By definition chance cannot lead to [.].

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Two thought-provoking perspectives on the “crisis of capitalism”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here are brief excerpts from two articles featured by McKinsey & Company. I suggest you read them in the order in which they appear here, then click where indicated to read each in its entirety. I presume to suggest, further, that you register to receive email updates on other resources that are also available at [.].

Credit comes later

Lead on Purpose

Innovative engineers are recognized for their inventions.

What You Can Do to Improve Ethics at Your Company

Harvard Business Review

It’s hard for good, ethical people to imagine how these meltdowns could possibly happen. But what about the ordinary engineers, managers, and employees who designed cars to cheat automotive pollution controls or set up bank accounts without customers’ permission? many of us face an endless stream of ethical dilemmas at work. We were surprised that 30 leaders in the study recalled a total of 87 “major” ethical dilemmas from their career histories.

Leadership and integrity

Lead on Purpose

Establish a set of sound ethics policies, integrate them into all business processes, communicate them broadly to all employees, and make clear that you will not tolerate any deviation from any of them. When engineers, salespeople, marketers and others have confidence in their product managers, they will do amazing work. Integrity Leadership Trust actions ethics principles successIntegrity is one of the top attributes of a great leader.

Is Your Company as Ethical as It Seems?

Harvard Business Review

The onus for ethical behavior falls first to the employee. Most companies talk a good ethics game and even make their goals public. The punishing, pressure-cooker work environment meant that Volkswagen engineers were apparently loath to say no or admit failure to superiors. Many of these engineers may have been honest, upstanding citizens in their communities, but the pressure to succeed at work led them to game the system. Picture this.

A Culture of Trust

Coaching Tip

An engineering guide to getting the "soft stuff" right, TRUST FACTOR identifies eight components of a culture where employees feel empowered, valued and happy, reinforeced by the acronym OXYTOCIN. . Books Business Coaching Career Communication Ethics Leadership Memes Self-Awareness Skills Success Tips Web/Tech What is brain activity cultures employees human behavior OXYTOCIN Paul J.

Effective Online Communication

Coaching Tip

Back in October 1971, an engineer (who I knew when we both went to a small high school in Upstate New York during the late 1950s) named Ray Tomlinson chose the '@' symbol for email addresses and wrote software to send the first network email. . Applying technology to provide easy access for societal dialog has the promise of peer-to-peer co-creation of knowledge and rapid consensus solution-building.

Is There Hope for Leaders?


August 15th, 2010 | Author: Mary Jo Asmus Yet another Fortune CEO has fallen due to ethics violations. Is there hope for ethical, moral power to prevail? Am I acting ethically in this situation?”

Case Study: Can an Ethical Bank Support Guns and Fracking?

Harvard Business Review

As the founder and president of a new ethical bank focused on environmental sustainability, Jay McGuane realized that he and his board needed to set guidelines about which loans to approve and which to reject on “values” grounds. Without clear ethics rules, Jay worried that his already divided directors would fall into bitter squabbling, which could lead to resignations, negative media attention, and a flight of investors. What is ‘green’ if not an ethical principle?

The Power of Collaborative Leadership

Coaching Tip

in engineering at a prestigious German university. In virtual all of her engineering managerial positions, she was the first woman. Books Business Coaching Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Communication Ethics Leadership Memes Work life The Power of Collaborative Leadership by Bert Frydman, Iva Wilson and JoAnne Wyer has arisen from the spirit of partnership and mutual inquiry.

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The Ethics of Using Paid Content in Journalism

Harvard Business Review

But what are the ethical lines this paid-for content should not cross? The public relations and communications company Edelman definitely has a horse in this race, but it has issued a useful paper on the relationship of paid content and journalism, which ends with "An Ethical Framework" that makes some unexpected points. Which brings us to the ethical guidelines proposed by the Edelman report.

Successful People in the United States of America

Coaching Tip

The Triple Package is so powerful an engine of group success because of the first two forces of superiority and insecurity; that together tend to produce a goading chip on the shoulder, a need to prove oneself or be recognized. The paradoxical premise of " THE TRIPLE PACKAGE " is that successful people tend to feel simultaneously inadequate and superior. This unlikely combination of qualities is part of a potent cultural package that generates drive: a need to prove oneself.

Building Trust Through Behavioral Integrity

Great Leadership By Dan

According to Deloitte’s 2010 Ethics & Workplace Survey, one-third of employed Americans planned to look for a new job when the economy stabilized. Guest post from S.

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Four Factors for the 21st Century

Lead Change Blog

Next to ethical and morally proper treatment, that means ensuring you are constantly helping your team members focus on where they should be at in 3 to 5 years in the future. Not only because knowledge on any subject is much easier to come by (think of using your favorite search-engine on the internet, for example), but also because the knowledge base is ever expanding and changing.

Want to Cut Complexity? Kill Your Darlings.

In the CEO Afterlife

A long time ago, this ethic saved a near-bankrupt company that I had a part in restructuring. Each engineer has a pet feature they’d like included in Samsung phones. To do that, Samsung’s leaders must sacrifice the egos of their engineers.

Bridging the Manager/Millennial Disconnect

Lead Change Blog

Poor work ethic.

How To Spin A Huge Mistake Into Leadership Gold

Terry Starbucker

I’d always appreciated the Code of the West ( from Jim Owen’s book, “Cowboy Ethics” ) – I saw it often on posters in the offices of many of my staff in Wyoming: Live each day with courage. That customer’s trouble call got escalated, correctly, to one of our engineers in the NOC.

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Leadership Lessons from Nine-Year-Olds

In the CEO Afterlife

Diversity is said to be the world’s engine of enlightenment. Their teacher had instilled a powerful ethic within them; those who prepare, succeed. As for a lesson in leadership, that Grade 4 teacher personified the ethic that great leaders don’t let their followers fail.

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The Value Of A Complementary Team

Lead Change Blog

Building a team, he said, is like putting together an engine or a puzzle. But when the opportunity came for us to promote a supervisor, we chose a bright young woman for the position who was a stickler for rules and ethics.

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5 Leadership Signals that Turn Culture into Advantage

Skip Prichard

On that score, the company’s Code of Ethics claimed that “gaming” (the manipulation and / or misrepresentation of sales or referrals) was against the rules and grounds for dismissal. On one occasion, the company sent a civil engineer to the top of a 500-foot cooling tower to do a walkdown.

Don’t Coach Integrity Violations – Fire Them!

Marshall Goldsmith

I can’t make a bad doctor a good doctor, a bad scientist a good scientist, or a bad engineer a good engineer. The second question I ask is: are the client’s issues integrity or ethical issues? It was about people who, instead of being fired for ethics violations, got coaches.

Be Different! The Key to Business and Career Success

Skip Prichard

Effective leaders set the right tone at the top, which becomes the organization’s ethical standards. Employees trust and want to work for an organization with high ethical standards, and work for a leader who lives by those standards. Trust is built on honesty, ethics and integrity.

Are We Experiencing A Technology Tsunami?

Rich Gee Group

Engineering, design, materials, and service just got better. home about rich our team news our fans services executive coach business coach speaking inspire media knowledge books affiliates contact Rich Gee Group 203.500.2421 Are We Experiencing A Technology Tsunami?

Three practices of successful product managers

Lead on Purpose

Provide clear direction: One of the key directives for products managers is to provide clear direction to the engineering/development teams. A key to giving clear direction is for product managers to project their confidence and full support to the work engineering is doing.

The Future of Leadership Development

Great Leadership By Dan

This new business model will require a different model of leadership development – one that pays more attention to ethics, the environment, how decisions impact the community and society, and human rights.

Leadership Lesson From General McChrystal: Get Onboard or Get Out.

The Recovering Engineer

If you see a moral or ethical dilemma, get out of the organization. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering and he served as a Nuclear Engineering officer in the U.S. He is an engineer by nature, by training, and experience.

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Make it easy for others to be their best

ReImagine Work

That doesn’t work for me, not only ethically, but it’s also bad management. The post Make it easy for others to be their best appeared first on Mary Schaefer, empowerment expert, speaker, coach & trainer for those in engineering, scientific & IT-related positions.

Leamington, Canada: The Little Town That Could

In the CEO Afterlife

Taking a lesson from the signature phrase in the illustrated children’s book, The Little Engine That Could , the Leamington community did not throw in the towel. Leamington, a little town in the province of Ontario is the tomato capital of Canada.

Leadership and Product Management

Lead on Purpose

Here are the key roles that are crucial to your success as a product manager, and why they are important: Engineering/QA: The relationship with the engineering/development team is paramount for product managers.

July 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Learn from leaders in marketing, HR technology, structural engineering, corporate catering, innovation consulting, entrepreneurial education, benefits administration, and construction.” Welcome to the July 2016 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival!

Why We’re Seeing So Many Corporate Scandals

Harvard Business Review

Second, they don’t consider at a human level how their stated strategic intents shape the acceptable ethical boundaries for those who must turn those intents into reality. ” Given the archaic structures and processes, and without repeated, clear guidance on “what we don’t ever risk,” is it any surprise that decisions about ambiguous options subsequently turn out to be ethically compromised? Ethics Digital Article

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Good, Bad, Ugly and Beautiful Strategy


But that’s about the ethics of the people using the tools of strategy. The ethical strategist can deliberately limit certain options because they are unethical. The creative strategist can bring artists and engineers together to produce beauty that enhances lives of other people. The CEO of IBM believes in using research to “get ahead of the obvious.” ” He has used boldly used non-obvious insights to launch major strategic initiatives.

Three steps to the next big opportunity

Lead on Purpose

— The Product Management Perspective: The ideas for this post came from a question posed to me about how an engineer can become a product manager.

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Value comes from work

Lead on Purpose

Teenagers and cars: When parents buy their teenager a brand new car for his 16th birthday, he’s no doubt happy to have the car, but too often doesn’t take good care of it and crashes it or burns up the engine (or does something else to ruin it).

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Book Review: It's Not Just Who You Know

Lead on Purpose

Product managers rely heavily on other people — engineers, sales people, support, etc.

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The Man Who Is Changing The World.

Rich Gee Group

He also attended MIT, where he received 3 degrees: a Masters in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and a B.S.

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Guest Post: Market Sensing is not Crop Dusting

Lead on Purpose

Imagine flying a single engine plane at extremely low altitudes, maneuvering into position, as you dive over treetops, houses and power lines dropping a fine mist about 30 feet from the ground at precisely the right time and then, throttling yourself to safety avoiding the same obstacles and more.

It's 7PM – Do you know where your employees are?

Survive Your Promotion

This guy was pretty good at his job, turned in high quality work, held himself to a high standard of ethical behavior, and was generally a solid employee. I still behave ethically and will question bad policy. Survive Your Promotion!

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The DISC Model of Human Behavior – A Quick Overview | Guy Harris.

The Recovering Engineer

He has degrees in Chemical Engineering and he served as a Nuclear Engineering officer in the U.S. He is an engineer by nature, by training, and experience. It has no moral or ethical standing on its own.

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