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Ethical Thinking Requires Dialogue

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical leadership requires us to understand the context and embrace the natural complexity of issues. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical insight ethical leadership insight ethical thinking model ethical thinking tools holistic ethics integral ethics principles of ethical leadership

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Ethical Thinking is Intentional, Thoughtful and Applied

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By Linda Fisher Thornton One of the things we know about ethical decision-making is that we need to take the time to do it. Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking ethical model ethical perspectives ethical principles ethical thinking tools ethics schema holistic ethics integral ethics

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5 Things Grateful Leaders Do

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Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking complexity and leaderhsip ethical insight ethical leadership insight ethical lenses ethics insight seeing ethical leadership what is ethicsToday I'm exploring two important questions: "What do grateful leaders do that sets them apart from other leaders?" and "How does expressing gratitude benefit them?

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What is Ethics?

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We need a robust understanding of ethics - what it means, what it requires of us, and what we need to know and do to be ethical. As we learn about ethics, we need to understand it in a multidimensional way. Here is a quick tour of ways to think about ethics. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking definition of ethics ethical leader ethics and complexity multidimensional ethics what is ethics

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Ethical Leadership: Complexity, Context and Adaptation

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Ethical leadership requires growth, a willingness to acknowledge complexity and an understanding of the broader context in which we lead. Use these resources to improve your ethical awareness, learn about how the leadership context is evolving and check for learning blind spots. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses adaptation and ethics complexity and ethics ethical leadership development ethics in leadership Responsible Leadership

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Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 4)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton To celebrate 7 Lenses going into its second printing, this is the fourth post in a special series focused on Why Ethical Thinking Matters. In case you missed them, here are the previous posts in the series: Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 1),Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 2),and Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part […].

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Context Matters: What We’re Learning About Food

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Here is a sneak preview: Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking ethical lenses ethics trends global ethics holistic ethics integral ethics what is ethical leadership what is ethicsBy Linda Fisher Thornton A day when so many people eat too much candy seems just right for sharing new research that turns conventional wisdom on healthy eating inside out.

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Ethical Leaders Take Time To Think

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By Linda Fisher Thornton What sets ethical leaders apart from other leaders? Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking avoiding ethical messes developing ethical leaders ethical awareness ethical context ethical thinkingThey take the time to THINK before making decisions. And that's not all they do that sets them apart.

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Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 1)

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this is the first post in a special series focused on Why Ethical Thinking Matters. Ethical thinking drives ethical choices and behavior. Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership business case for ethical leadership developing ethical leaders ethical complexity ethical leadership development ethical thinking

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Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 2)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton To celebrate 7 Lenses going into its second printing, this is the second post in a special series focused on Why Ethical Thinking Matters. In case you missed it, last week's post was Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 1). . Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends ethical leadership development ethical leadership model ethical thinking ethical thinking model ethical thinking skills

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Human Rights: 70 Years

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Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends ethical leader ethical leadership principles ethics human rights universal human rights valuesBy Linda Fisher Thornton I had the privilege of hearing award-winning author Blanche Wiesen Cook speak at The University of Richmond last night. Her topic was "Toward an Inclusive Democracy: Eleanor Roosevelt's Legacy."

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5 Things I Learned From a 6th Grade Bully

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Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization bullying ethical interpersonal behavior ethical thinking skills ethics Leadership leadership developmentBy Linda Fisher Thornton October is Bullying Prevention Month. Most of the people I know were bullied at some point in their lives. As I look back on dealing with a 6th grade bully, I realize that I learned some things from that difficult time. Today I share that story along with resources for preventing bullying. .

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22 Resources For Developing Ethical Thinking

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With all of the ethical messes in the news recently, this seems to be the right time to help you focus on PREVENTION as applied to thinking. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership complexity ethical business leadership ethical leadership context ethical leadership development ethical thinking ethics what is ethical leadership

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What is Ethical Thinking?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Today I'm taking you inside the mind of the ethical leader to explore ethical thinking. Inside the Mind of an Ethical Leader “I make decisions based on values, not money pressures.” “I I need to constantly learn in order to stay ethical.”. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking corporate social responsibility define ethical leadership ethical business leadership global leadership ethics what are leadership skills

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Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 3)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton To celebrate 7 Lenses going into its second printing, this is the third post in a special series focused on Why Ethical Thinking Matters. In case you missed them, take a look at Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 1) and Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 2). You may already realize that ethical thinking is important, and if you do, I ask you to spread the word.

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The Missing Domain: Ethical Thinking

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends ethical leadership ethical thinking ethics leadership skills thinking context vertical leadership developmentBy Linda Fisher Thornton Using the commonly-taught types of thinking is very useful in life, and helps us be better professionals and business people. But there's a catch.

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The Seductive Power of the Status Quo

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Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses of ethical responsibility ethical decision-making ethical leadership model ethics questions holistic ethics managing complexityBy Linda Fisher Thornton Why do we have such a powerful negative reaction when we find out that we need to change? The status quo literally has a grip on us.

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Ethical Leaders Understand the Context

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership business ethics blogs complexity and ethics ethical leadership behavior ethical thinking Leadership leadership contextBy Linda Fisher Thornton In a previous post, I addressed some of the risks of not taking time to THINK before making decisions.

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Ethics-Rich Leadership: Why We Need It

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I was originally going to used the words "ethics-infused leadership" in this post, but I realized that would treat ethics a little bit like a lime twist in a cold drink. So I chose to use "ethics-rich" leadership instead. I think you may already be looking for the ethics-rich leadership I'm talking about. .

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Seeing The Nuances Of Ethical Leadership (A Developmental Model)

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Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethical thinking ethics Leadership leadership development what is ethical leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton Leadership is not a position or a task. It is a complex array of roles, relationships and processes, and yet we use one term, "leadership," to talk about it.

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Ethical Leaders Don’t Put the Brakes on Learning

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Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses define ethical ethical business leadership ethical leaderBy Linda Fisher Thornton When leaders stop learning, they generate friction. Professionals who work with a leader who has "put the brakes on learning" are likely to experience conflict and dissatisfaction. A leader's failure to learn starts a chain reaction that harms individuals and teams. .

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Leaders: Can You Control Ethics?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton The question for today is "Can we control ethics?" Leaders have tried to control ethics with compliance-based systems (based on rules and penalties) but that does not tend to inspire people to ethical action. Leaders have tried to control ethics by running a tight ship, closely managing workers, but that does not bring out the best in people and may lead to workers not caring about protecting the company's reputation. .

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Trends In Ethical PR

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We had lively discussions about how to see ethical nuances clearly when the […]. Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends dimensions of ethical responsibility ethical leadership ethics in communication PR Ethics what are ethical leadership trends what is ethical communicationBy Linda Fisher Thornton It is a difficult time to be in PR and Communications. The stakes are high and it’s easy to miss the mark.

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Do Laws Set the Standard For Ethics?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton "Do Laws Set the Standard For Ethics?" Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical business laws and ethics leadership development leadership skillsmay be a simple question, but the answer is complicated. They do and they don't set the standard. .

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Which Values Are Ethical Values?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton My Applied Ethics students asked a great question that I want to answer in today's post: "Which Values Are Ethical Values?" Quick Overview Not all values are ethical values. Some values, such as efficiency, do not have an ethical component. Some ethical values involve qualities of an ethical self (such as honesty and integrity). Others describe positive and ethical behavior toward others, the environment and society.

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The Future of Education: Ethical Literacy For Handling Global Complexity

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A focus on "knowing" must be replaced with a focus on "how to think, problem solve and successfully navigate global complexity using ethical values.". Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking Trends ethical leader ethical leadership ethics leadership and management leadership development responsible educationBy Linda Fisher Thornton We are not preparing students for success in the world where they will have to live and work.

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MindTools Expert Interview Podcast With Linda Fisher Thornton

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We had a lively conversation about ethical leadership and the concepts from my book 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends 7 lenses of ethical leadership define ethical leadership developing ethical leaders ethical leadership ethical thinking

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Where Is Ethical Leadership Found?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton While it may be convenient to think about ethical leadership as a task, a program, or a rule book, that's not where it lives. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical leadership ethics Leadership leadership awareness leadership growth

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70 Trends to Watch in 2019

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Context Ethical Leader Trends ethical leadership ethical leadership skills ethical thinking leadership thinkingBy Linda Fisher Thornton Each year I curate a list of sites that write about trends that will change how we do business in the coming year. This year's list includes some ongoing trends from last year and some fresh ideas and new directions. Take a look at the 70+ trends at the links below and start getting ready for what's ahead!

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Ethical Leadership is About Service, Not Privilege

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Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership business ethics what is an ethical leaderBy Linda Fisher Thornton I was noticing how many drivers seem to be in a hurry, and I realized that some people are rushing so quickly that they don't stop to consider their impact on others (on the road or elsewhere). They just want to get wherever they're going as quickly as possible. Some (who aspire to be) leaders act this way, too.

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Leading For Ethics Future? (Or Ethics Past?)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton We are expected to make ethical decisions in a rapidly changing global society, where there is increasing awareness of what "ethical" means. The question of where ethics is headed has been the focus of my research over the last four years. I have learned that to be considered ethical, we must consider more constituents, honor more dimensions of ethics, and lead ethically through higher levels of complexity.

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Ethics is Contagious

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Ethics is catching, and leaders set the tone for the ethics of the organization. Would the organization be more or less ethical? What kind of ethics are people catching as they work in our organization? Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical ethical culture ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethical responsibility ethics

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Ethical Leadership Interview on Culture Hacker Podcast

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I am delighted that Shane Green, author of Culture Hacker, invited me to be a guest on his podcast to talk about ethical leadership and culture. As leaders, it's our job to make it an engaging, ethical, high-trust environment where people can do the very best work of their lives. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization culture building ethical brand value ethical business culture ethical culture what is ethical leadership

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Grey Areas: Our Choices Define Us (Part 3)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton There will always be grey areas that aren't covered by the ethics code. In grey areas, leaders "paint the boundary" of ethical choices others will make by how they navigate the ethical complexity when the boundaries are not clear. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical leadership ethics and complexity ethics in a global society

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Seeing Beyond Borders and Walls

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By Linda Fisher Thornton When you make a commitment to ethical values and ethical choices, boundaries and walls only indicate the boundaries of new places to apply those ethical values and choices. Beyond them, ethical values matter just as much as they matter within your own walls. Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses leadership ethical leader ethical leader development ethical thinking global ethics global worldview

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Ethics and Trust are Reciprocal

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I was asked recently to explain in simple terms how ethics and trust are related. It is a great question, because we define trust and ethics in so many different ways. Here are some observations about how trust and ethics are related, and what their relationship means for us as organizational leaders.

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Helping Young People Become Ethical Leaders

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By Linda Fisher Thornton How do we help young people become ethical leaders? This is an important question because our long-term future depends on how well we prepare young people to make positive ethical choices and honor multiple dimensions of ethical responsibility. Complexity Ethical Leader 7 Lenses ethical teens future ethical leaders parenting raising ethical children

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Got Ethics? Are You Positive?

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In spite of all the bad news you see in the media about ethics, we don''t build ethical cultures by focusing on the negative. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends ethical leadership ethics training positive ethical leadership proactive ethical leadership what is ethics Let''s face it - thinking about fraud, embezzlement and conflict of interest won''t make us better leaders.

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Our Evolving Frame of Reference

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Ethical Thinking ethical leadership ethical thinking leadership context thinking in leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton As we weathered a hurricane on the East Coast, I remembered the uncharacteristic earthquake that affected Virginia a few years ago. That experience changed how I interpreted the world around me. It drew attention to why we all see the world in such different ways.

5 Powerful Trends in Ethical Consumerism

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This week I describe 5 powerful trends that are changing the rules of business, and require a heightened ethical awareness. Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends define ethical ethical ethical leadership development what is ethical consumerism what is ethical leadership By Linda Fisher Thornton If you think your customers are separate from your business, you are behind the times.

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40 Ways to Build an Ethical Culture (An Ethical To Do List)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Last week I blogged about 40 Ethical Culture Gaps to Avoid. This week, I''m sharing a ''What To Do" list of 40 Ways to Build an Ethical Culture. This list includes many ways to incorporate ethical values into daily organizational leadership. Each one of these 40 Ways to Build an Ethical Culture can improve an organization. Use this "ethical to do list" to assess your culture.

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What is Meaningful Leadership? – 4 Common Threads

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Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethics leadership developmentBy Linda Fisher Thornton What is meaningful leadership? I recently wrote a 5 part blog series exploring different facets of that question. There are four common threads that emerged from exploring the topic that I want to share today.

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What Are You Talking About (Ethically Speaking)?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton There are many layers of meaning in ethics conversations. See if you can find your ethics conversations below: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization ethical leadership context ethical leadership development ethics ethics training leadership development leading ethically in organizationsHow far down are you going? Do you stop at surface messages or do you dig into real problems?

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