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At a time when fraud, sexual harassment, and other forms of workplace misconduct are making daily headlines, ethics has become as indispensable a tool for the modern workplace as technology or finance. In TAKING ETHICS SERIOUSLY , author John Hooker, provides an intellectual framework for deciding whether an action is ethical. Hooker brings his extensive background in philosophy, logic, and management science to the rigorous analysis of ethical dilemmas.

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Ethical Thinking Requires Dialogue

Leading in Context

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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Ethics

Coaching Tip

At a time when fraud, sexual harassment, and other forms of workplace misconduct are making daily headlines, ethics has become as indispensable a tool for the modern workplace as technology or finance. In TAKING ETHICS SERIOUSLY , author John Hooker, provides an intellectual framework for deciding whether an action is ethical. Hooker brings his extensive background in philosophy, logic, and management science to the rigorous analysis of ethical dilemmas.

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Ethical Leadership: Complexity, Context and Adaptation

Leading in Context

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. By Linda Fisher Thornton.

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Ethics-Rich Leadership: Why We Need It

Leading in Context

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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Where Ethics Should Be

Leading in Context

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 4)

Leading in Context

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 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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What is Ethical Thinking?

Leading in Context

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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Seeing The Nuances Of Ethical Leadership (A Developmental Model)

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By 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. What Then is Leadership? 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 leadership

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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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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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22 Resources For Developing Ethical Thinking

Leading in Context

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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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. I believe that leadership development efforts must address the values-based thinking behind good leadership, or it will not lead to good leadership. By Linda Fisher Thornton To celebrate 7 Lenses going into its second printing (big news!),

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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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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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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.

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Which of These Is Ethical Leadership?

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Which levels described in this graphic represent ethical leadership? Is Following Laws Ethical Leadership? Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends complexity ethical business leadership ethical leadership ethics training leading ethically what is ethical leadership what is leadership

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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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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 Serious Business

Great Leadership By Dan

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. When organizations go astray ethically, it is usually due to a lack of ethical competence, not bad people. But how does one recognize ethical competence? Ethics training can take at least three forms.

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What is Ethical Leadership?

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton This collection from reader favorites on the Leading in Context Blog will help you explore the scope and dimensions of today''s ethical leadership. As you will see, ethical leadership requires much more than following laws and regulations. Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking

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Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 3)

Leading in Context

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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Ethical Leadership is About Service, Not Privilege

Leading in Context

I wonder what values are at the center of that kind of leadership? 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).

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Ethics is Contagious

Leading in Context

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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Leaders: Can You Control Ethics?

Leading in Context

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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Modeling Ethical Leadership and Behavior

Leading in Context

It is simultaneously a burden and an opportunity for us as leaders to model ethical behavior. It is a burden in that we must work hard to ensure that we are using the highest ethics. it is an opportunity in that by using ethical behavior brings out the best in us and those we lead. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical ethical business leadership ethical leadership in organizations leadership skills Responsible Leadership

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Understanding (and Preventing) Ethical Leadership Failures

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Understanding What Causes Ethical Leadership Failures Ethical leadership failures can be caused by different types of problems that may compound. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical leadership ethical thinking ethics leading ethically in a complex world

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Which Values Are Ethical Values?

Leading in Context

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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9 Ethical Roles: Is Your Leadership Team “All In”

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I blogged a while back about the Critical Roles of the (Ethical) CEO. I realized later that these important ethical roles apply not just to CEOs, but also to all senior leaders in an organization. Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization developing ethical leaders ethical business ethical leadership leadership roles leadership skills

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Global-Minded Ethical Leadership

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Because we are part of a connected society, we cannot think about ethics on a small scale. Ethical Leader 7 Lenses ethical leadership ethics leading ethically leading ethically in organizations what is ethical leadership Our daily choices can have a global ripple effect, and that effect can be either positive or negative depending on our choices. We need to think on a global scale, and consider the long term impact of every decision.

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Managing Ethical Leadership as a Performance System

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton When we think about ethical leadership as a performance system, we get a higher level view of what it takes to develop ethical leaders. This graphic shows what an integrated ethical leadership performance management system might look like. Ethical Organization Trends ethical leadership ethical performance ethical performance management ethics what is ethical leadership

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Ethics and Trust are Reciprocal

Leading in Context

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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Got Ethics? Are You Positive?

Leading in Context

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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Rethinking “Smart” Leadership in an Ethical Context

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton This week I'm looking at what it means to be a "smart" leader through the 7 Lenses (introduced in the book 7 Lenses) to get the full ethical context. Take note: You can do this with any idea, concept or project to better understand the ethical nuances. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends 7 Lenses 7 lenses book ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethical thinking Leadership leadership development

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Detachment and Ethics Don’t Mix

Leading in Context

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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10 Ethical Leadership Questions For the New Year

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical leadership is evolving, and expectations are increasing. As we go into the New Year, here are some questions we should be considering: Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses ethical ethical leadership ethical leadership context ethics ethics and complexity leading ethically what is ethical leadership

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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 Ethical Leaders Believe

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I am honored that today they published my Manifesto about ethical thinking. Is that autopilot programmed to make ethical decisions?". Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking Trends 7 Lenses ethical ethical leadership ethical thinking ethics leadership development By Linda Fisher Thornton ChangeThis.com is an 800ceoread project for "spreading good ideas and changing business thinking for the better."

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Leading the Conversation About Ethical Leadership

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Dialogue is a powerful tool for developing ethical organizations. Workplace issues are complex and opinions will always vary about what ethical behavior means. This combination creates a kind of "murky uncertainty" that keeps employees from giving us their best, most ethical performance. Ethical Organization complexity ethical leadership development ethical mindset ethics training what is ethical leadership what is global leadership

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How Is Ethical Leadership a Strategic Advantage?

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Businesses that are proactive and that make ethical leadership a priority will benefit in many ways. Here are three of the many ways that ethical leadership helps us compete: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends complexity ethical leadership global mindset Leadership trends in ethical leadership what is ethical leadership

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Ethical Leadership 2015: Graphics That Tell the Story

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton The graphics at the links below tell the story of the future of responsible leadership. They describe the kind of leadership that is respectful, caring and ethically aware. This is the positive leadership that engages employees in meaningful work and helps builds an ethical culture. My hope is that you will share this story with your leadership team and plan now for the future, using the questions that follow.

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