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The Nepotism Problem Is Alive and Well

August 19, 2003
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In this author’s opinion, business leaders can learn the reason for nepotism policies by looking at the laundry list of scandals in college sports.
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Dead Man's Curve

July 1, 2003
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Whether you call it forced ranking, the "vitality curve" or another alias, it's a workforce performance tool that's used by up to one in five Fortune 500 companies. But most of them refuse to talk about it. Why is that? Ask Ford, which paid out $10.5 million over forced ranking-related discrimination claims.
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Managers' Lack of Character Must Be Fixed

May 30, 2003
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Managers must learn to treat people better, this author says, but it requires buy-in from the top and the creation of a management-coach position.
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High Scores for Sheer Gall

May 8, 2003
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Carroll Lachnit introduces the Brazen Chicanery Index--the BCI for short.
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Rebuilding Employee Trust

October 17, 2002
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In companies where employees believe HR is effective, they also believe the company is trustworthy. Low belief in HR equals low trust. Here are five things HR can do to build confidence--right now.
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Don't Fear Whistle-Blowers

August 5, 2002
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With HR's help, principled whistle-blowers can be a company's salvation. Here is how several organizations encourage a culture where bad news can be heard and acted on before it's too late.
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A Word to the Whistle-Blower

June 17, 2002
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An ethicist talks about when whistle-blowing is justified.
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Lubrizol's Ethical and Legal Conduct Guidelines

June 17, 2002
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The text of the company's statement to employees on how to voice concerns.
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Ethics Advice for HR Professionals

June 17, 2002
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This author, a VP of HR, says workforce management professionals don’t have professional guidelines to follow. A Penn State professor offers three pieces of advice.
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Nine Steps to Make Values Matter

June 17, 2002
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Think about whether your employees not only hear but believe what you're saying.
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