Selflessness is not a virtue

Most people take it for granted that selflessness is a virtue. In business, altruism—always putting others first, selfless service to a company,“servant leadership”—is praised...

Why every job is a thinking job

A friend who used to work as a general contractor regularly placed the following job ad: “Thinking carpenters wanted.” I recalled that when talking to...

“Sensitivity” versus freedom of speech: why integrity trumps self-censorship

Recently my MBA business ethics class discussed the case of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as well as the case of the Danish...

Following the majority and avoiding “extreme” views vs. independence and integrity

I recently visited Finland, my native country. The trip made me think as to why so many people choose to follow the majority opinion...

The principle of justice: Is it ethical to fire employees who are on a...

Recently, I was interviewed for a national TV network’s local evening news on a case of two women who had been fired by their...

Why be moral? Your life depends on it

To say that many people are confused about morality is an understatement. Yet, our lives depend on getting morality right. As an example of...

Banks to stop financing fossil fuel development: Sound investment decisions vs. virtue signaling?

HSBC is the latest European bank (and Europe’s largest) to join the fight against climate change, announcing recently that it will no longer finance...

Reasons to reject humility

WordPress provided a year-end statistical review of my blog for 2014. One of the most viewed posts was “Why humility is not a virtue,”...

Lesson from Brian Williams’ dishonesty: Faking is futile—and hazardous

I am not writing to attack the lying NBC news anchor Brian Williams, although his fictional story about being in a helicopter that was...

Who should you hire—and how to get hired?

At a recent Objectivist conference (OCON), Lars Christensen, a co-founder of the Danish investment bank Saxo Bank, gave a presentation about the influence of...

Virtue of business: productiveness

At best, business is dismissed as amoral. Or at worst, it is accused for being fundamentally immoral. Many people disdain business as the realm...

Teamwork vs. independent thinking?

If we are to believe people like President Obama who famously said: “You didn’t build that”, we would conclude individual accomplishment is insignificant; only...