February 3, 2017

Dear Ethics Talk - I work for a consulting company.  We bill clients based on hours worked.  Rates run from $100-$800 per hour.  With one major client, we have four people on a weekly status call – two junior consultants, myself (a VP) and a Senior VP.  I think one or...

January 9, 2017

Dear Ethics Talk: I am near the end of a long interview process for a great job. An offer should come shortly. The immediate task will be managing the process for a key product launch set seven months from now.

But, I just learned that I am pregnant, with the baby due a...

Dear Ethics Talk:

I am key-account manager with a public company. I do a lot of high-end business entertaining: $100-plus per person dinners, golf, pro-sports games, etc.

One client representative, “Jack,” has hinted repeatedly that I should take him to a strip club. My...

November 29, 2016

A St. Louis Post Dispatch article on Trump and trade with China quotes me at length on Trump the Junk Pitcher and the end of business-as-usual with China.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

November 21, 2016

Dear Ethics Talk:

I work for a roofing contractor. Recently, my boss began inspecting roofs for realtors. Along with his inspection reports, he attaches bids for the recommended repair work.

Would-be home-buyers usually require sellers to give our company the work, even...

November 14, 2016

People across the political spectrum need to adjust to a President who is a major-league junk pitcher.

Not “junk” as in “garbage” (though some people see it that way).  But, “junk” as in change-ups, sliders, curveballs, and knuckleballs.

Late last week, the progressive b...

November 10, 2016

Dear EthicsTalk: I work in an office with many "cubes." A team of three women sits in the cube next to mine. One woman, Sue, supervises the other two, Barb and Vickie.

Sue and Barb seem to bully Vickie. When Vickie makes a mistake, Sue makes her send a correction notice...

Dear EthicsTalk,

I’m on the board of directors of a condominium association with 300 units. One owner, Tina, fell behind in dues and signed an agreement with the association to catch up by paying an extra $350/month. Next month, everybody’s dues rise $100 a month. Tina...

Dear Ethics Talk:

My boss asked me to do telephone research. After two frustrating hours, I told her that few people were willing to speak with me. She told me to present myself as a student doing research.

This makes me uncomfortable. Please help. Signed: Dislike Misrep...

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