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Ethical Thinking For Challenging Times

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking Trends "seeing ethical leadership" "ethical lenses" "managing complexity" "complexity and leadership" "what is ethics" 7 Lenses leadership The 7 Lenses of Ethical LeadershipBy Linda Fisher ThorntonAlbert Einstein said "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."

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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: 5 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. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical leader ethical leadership and complexity ethical questions ethics good leadership LeadershipHere are 5 new questions to tackle as we head into a New Year. .

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Your Culture is Not A Secret (So Protect Your Ethics)

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends ethical culture ethical leadership ethical thinking ethics leadership context leading in complexity The 7 Lenses of Ethical LeadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton One of my favorite concepts for understanding how social media is changing the visibility of organizational culture is Trendwatching.com's report Glass Box Brands.

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16 Answers To What is Good Leadership?

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Here is a starter list of 16 defining characteristics of good leadership: Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical leadership ethical leadership context ethics and complexity in leadership what is an ethical leader what is good leadershipBy 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.

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Mindset or Competency: Which is More Important?

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends ethical competence ethical leadership ethical mindset ethical thinking mindset versus competency The 7 Lenses of Ethical LeadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton How we think about something will impact what we do about it. To be ready to handle difficult challenges, our thinking needs to stretch to help us adapt.

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500th Post: Index to 500 Articles on Authentic Ethical Leadership

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By Linda Fisher ThorntonThere are many ways to define "ethical leadership" but there is increasing global interest in learning "ethical leadership" in a holistic and authentic way. This authentic ethical leadership takes us beyond laws and regulations, beyond respect for others and beyond traditional definitions of a business "win." The Leading in Context Blog now includes 500 articles on high-level, holistic and global ethical leadership.

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Research: Moving Beyond Cause-and-Effect Thinking

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking "seeing ethical leadership" "ethical lenses" "managing complexity" "complexity and leadership" "what is ethics" ethical leadership ethical thinkingBy Linda Fisher Thornton The traditional view of research in the U.S. has been that something has to be proven to a statistically significant degree using established research procedures.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beyond Civility

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We expect so much more from ethical leaders. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking developing ethical leaders ethical interpersonal behavior ethical leader ethics and civility learning ethical leadership The 7 Lenses of Ethical LeadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton Civility seems like a minimum standard or a fallback position, certainly not a desired end.

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Where Ethics Should Be

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By Linda Fisher Thornton We need to be talking about where ethics should be… how and where it fits into real life. Too many leaders and organizations have crossed ethical boundaries and that seems to be all we’re seeing in the news headlines. Starting the Conversation When ethics is central to our decisions and actions, we are […].

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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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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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They’re Trying to Tell Us Something

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By Linda Fisher ThorntonSince I started researching ethical leadership, I have begun to notice just how many different people are trying to steer us in the right direction. Their ethical messengers cross geographic and time boundaries and professions. People who have realized important insights about ethics are leaving a trail for others to follow.

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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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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 Leadership: The “On Switch” For Adaptability

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This week I'm digging deeper into the multiplying and dividing effects of leader (in)competence, looking at how a leader's ethical competence impacts trust, people, bottom line results and organizational adaptability. Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses of ethical responsibility business leadership what is ethical business what is ethical leadership what is ethics

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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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Ground Rules for Talking About Controversial Topics

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Use the important points below as ground rules for discussing potentially emotionally charged issues: Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking coherent ethics ethical conversations ethical leadership development ethical schema ethical thinking relevant ethicsBy Linda Fisher Thornton Talking about controversial topics has become a daunting task.

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Top Post Series of 2018: Leading in Context Blog

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It is a concern about what can happen when we don’t use ethical thinking. This series answers the important question “Why should we take the time to think intentionally about the ethics of our […]. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends ethical decision-making ethical leadership and complexity ethical thinking ethics and global society

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Ethical Failures: What Causes Them?

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By Linda Fisher ThorntonMSJ-160130-08 This week Leaderonomics.com published "Understanding and Preventing Ethical Leadership Failures" as its Hard Talk Leadership Pick of the Week. This article explores ethical failures and their individual and organizational causes. It answers these leadership questions: What are the intentional and unintentional causes of ethical failures? What do you do when a senior leader isn't meeting ethical expectations?

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Untangling (Social and Mainstream) Media Ethics

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In the UNESCO report "The Media: Operation Decontamination," Aidan White notes that "Today, it’s not just journalists who need to watch their language and show respect for the facts; everyone with something to say in the public information sphere needs to show some ethical restraint." Today, I'm sharing resources for understanding the ethical responsibilities of media leadership. There are many variables complicating media ethics.

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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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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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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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Ethical Leadership is a “Fear-Free” Zone

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Here are 5 important reasons why fear has no place in our workplaces, our families or our communities: Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses ethical leadership proactive leadership respecting differences respecting othersBy Linda Fisher Thornton Fear is insidious. It changes how we see the world and how we treat others.

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Thinking Beyond Polarities To Both/And Thinking

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking ethical leadership insight ethical thinking skills ethics blogs managing complexity in leadership The 7 Lenses of Ethical LeadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton In this video, Michael DePass of CCL gives a brief introduction to polarity thinking and how it affects our communication and relationships with others.

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Systems Thinking: Using the 5 Whys

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By Linda Fisher Thornton In my Applied Ethics Class last fall, I introduced my students to the Five Whys. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking coherent ethics ethical leadership thinking ethical thinking tools ethics and complexity making ethical decisions meaningful ethicsThis is a simple and valuable tool for getting to the root cause of problems.

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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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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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Detachment and Ethics Don’t Mix

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethics and detachment don't mix well. In fact, combining high ethical expectations with an aloof stance can lead to trouble. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical leadership development learning ethics positive ethical leadership positive ethics

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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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