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March 21, 2013 Our Institutions Need to be Reformed

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

Question: What’s the core problem with these United States of America? Answer: Our institutions are failing us—miserably! And the problem is systemic. [more]

February 8, 2013 Railroads: The Octopus & Captive Shippers Yesterday & Today

Source: Peter D. Kinder

Few books read once in adolescence made as permanent an impression on me as Frank Norris’s novel, The Octopus: A Story of California (1901). Wheat farmers squeezed into financial ruin by a railroad’s ability to extract monopoly...[more]

February 8, 2013 In Actions, S.&P. Risked Andersen’s Fate

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

They were the gatekeepers, with a clear conflict of interest — the people they were supposed to check up on were also the ones who hired and paid them. The need to protect their reputation was supposed to assure that the conflict...

February 5, 2013 Fresh Questions Over a Bank of America Settlement

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

Bank of America has long rued its decision in 2008 to acquire Countrywide Financial, the subprime mortgage giant. To date, the bank has set aside some $40 billion to settle claims of mortgage misconduct that occurred before it...

January 31, 2013 Five Seeds To Sprout a Successful Business Ethics

Source: Forbes

Liz Neumark, who gave the Keynote at the recent WEF 3 I attended, a festival for Women Women Entrepreneurs held at NYU in New York, grew her successful catering business on five key ideas which she shared with us. Liz started the...

January 22, 2013 The Foreclosure Fiasco

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

It’s been five days since Jessica Silver-Greenberg’s article on the latest bank settlement was posted on The New York Times’s Web site. I’m still shaking my head. Her “story behind the story” of the $8.5 billion settlement...

January 18, 2013 Dell’s Ups and Downs With Options

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

It was an amazing American success story, in which a college student in his dorm room created what became one of the largest computer companies in the world. In the 1990s, its share price tripled in each of three consecutive...

January 8, 2013 The role of HR in business ethics and values

Source: Oman Daily Observer

Our parents used to teach us some rules to live by: “Don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t hurt others, respect etc. In our personal lives most people still follow these rules. In business the rules should not be of a different. Those...

January 7, 2013 Surprise, Surprise: The Banks Win

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

IF you were hoping that things might be different in 2013 — you know, that bankers would be held responsible for bad behavior or that the government might actually assist troubled homeowners — you can forget it. A settlement...

December 21, 2012 Newtown Tragedy Forces Hard Questions

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

Five days after the horrific Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, I happened to learn that someone I hadn’t spoken to in nearly 25 years lives there. I always liked Jim (not his real name) and innocently decided this might be...[more]

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