WEDNESDAY GIVEAWAY SPECIAL

Published December 17, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

Media Magic’s Holiday Giveaway continues! For today’s giveaway special, we are offering complimentary copies of one of our most popular titles: Breaching Communication Barriers! Readers have been enjoying this volume because it not only takes a closer look at why effective communication is an important tool for leaders in organizational management, it also reveals how it can help us in our personal lives. These accelerated learning business tools are ideal as holiday gifts for anyone looking to enhance their message transmitting and receiving skills!

Check back on Friday for more giveaways … until then, stay organized!

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I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. – Robert Fulghum

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MARVELOUS MONDAY HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!

Published December 15, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

This week Media Magic is celebrating the holidays by launching our first ever Marvelous Monday Giveaway! We are kicking off the event by offering complimentary copies of The Strategy Behind an External Analysis! These accelerated learning business tools make great holiday gifts for anyone interested in building leadership skills!

Check back for more holiday giveaways on Wednesday. Until then … stay organized!

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Where there is love there is life. – Mahatma Gandhi

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CORPORATE MISCONDUCT

Published December 12, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Images of crime in the US reveal an increase of illegal activity from business executives. According to Simpson (2002) business misconduct is not a new social problem. Illicit drugs and violence, for example, have been an issue of concern for business leaders and policymakers for a while now. Historically criminals involved with drugs and violence were believed to have been contained within certain populations of criminal ethnic groups and immigrants. In other words, society was under the impression that crime was only confined to the constitutionally inferior and morally lax (Simpson, 2002).  However, with the expansion of the newly emerging capitalist society and its large institutions, the environment was becoming fertile for corporate criminals.

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Illegal corporate conduct is considered a form of white collar crime that is committed by persons of respectability and high social status. Some people refer to it as a crime of the rich and affluent. Cavender and Cullen (2006) postulate that it can include such infractions as (a) crimes by politicians; (b) crimes by professionals like accountants, physicians, and attorneys; (c) cheating on taxes; (d) theft or embezzlement; and (e) crimes committed by corporate organizations themselves (Cavender & Cullen, 2006). The topic of this discussion asks us to consider which presents the greatest threat to civil society: a corporation that commits crimes or a person who commits crimes that harm businesses. On the one hand, a corporation that commits a crime can create a wide range of contamination that spans across the globe.

Take for example, a multinational corporation (MNC) that markets a defective product, or worse a deadly one (like the tobacco companies that hid the harmful effects of their products). In other words, when a corporation commits a crime, millions of people may be at risk on a global level. A crime that is committed by an individual, however, who causes harm to a business, such as when a physician defrauds the government by billing for false medical payments, will have different consequences that influences a smaller region. For example, it could result with the physician’s termination and loss of that practitioner’s medical license or worst case scenario the dissolution of the medical facility and the employees. So in this instance, just the physician or facility could be affected because it does not have the same influence on a global level. However, in the long run, it may affect the policies that physicians follow if reforms are introduced to prevent physicians from further engaging in this form of criminal conduct.

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Individuals that engage in criminal activity, even though they believe they outsmarted the system and got away with a criminal act, are always focused on not getting caught. It takes a considerable amount of energy to  maintain an illusion, and as soon as they become relaxed, they get sloppy and eventually the truth surfaces. Seaquist (2012) defines criminal law as the branch of law that is focused on punishing illegal acts that are deemed harmful to others and society at large (Seaquist, 2012). In some situations, it can be difficult to discern which form of crime presents more of a civil threat because there are many facets to consider. For example, as I pointed out, a corporation, especially an MNC, has a great influence on a global scale.

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A franchise like McDonalds for instance, post signs warning patrons that their food products contain chemicals that contribute to life threatening diseases like obesity, diabetes, arteriosclerosis and other debilitating illnesses that affect millions worldwide. Prior to this, the firm actively promoted discounted fast food items which were inferior products to make huge profits by using clever marketing strategies like Ronald McDonald to appeal to innocent youngsters offering toys and other tactics to entice consumers. However, advances in science have helped educate a wider audience and with communication technology, individuals are empowered now and can make an impact on global scale by pointing out these harmful practices in order to affect positive changes in the way business is conducted.  In other words, a whole new world is emerging and those who seek to establish and commit to an ethical culture, are the ones who will help lead society to a better, healthier future.

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Well, that wraps up our organizational management blog posts for this year. Our team will be taking some time off to honor and celebrate the winter holidays. Now that Mayr has joined the talented team at the College of Southern Nevada’s (CSN) Performing Arts Center (PAC) as the Publications Writer, she will not only return with all new posts on organizational management in the new year, she will also introduce a new blog series for the PAC, so stay tuned! In the meantime, keep a lookout for some upcoming holiday giveaways by Media Magic!

In closing, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone that has been a part of this journey with us. We sincerely wish you and your loved ones a very happy and healthy holiday season! See you next year!

Until then … stay organized!

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Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you’re giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism. – Caroline Kennedy

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References:

Cavender, G., & Cullen, F. (2006). Corporate crime under attack (2nd ed.). Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing.

Seaquist, G. (2012). Business law for managers. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Simpson, S. (2002). Corporate crime, law, and social control. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

ETHICAL THEORIES

Published December 10, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Many people have different views about what it means to be ethical. In my book, Ethics in the Real World (2013) my research revealed that although individuals may have similar perspectives on culture and spiritual beliefs, they can still express a variety of interpretations of what being ethical means (Berry, 2013). Ethical theories can help individuals decide what is morally right. In addition, the concepts of right and wrong behavior can also be determined by the group to which one belongs to. For example, Geisler (1989) suggests that ethics can be defined in terms of ethnics or what the community deems as morally right and therefore each society is responsible for creating its own ethical standard. Similarities that exist between different social groups for instance, result from common needs and desires rather than universal moral prescriptions (Geisler, 1989).

In a business environment, however, leaders must rely on their own views of morality and ethics to assist them in the decision making process. Although there are times when a leader is confronted with making a decision and is required to determine whether it is more important for the organization to engage in ethical practices or unlawful ones, like the many lenders in the mortgage and loan industry that approved home loans for individuals who were not qualified. At the time, these practices were justified because of loopholes in the legal system. With respect to the mortgage and loan crisis, executives acted under the notion that their conduct was well within the parameters of the legal framework, and skirted past the ethics issue.

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Leaders who find themselves in sticky situations like that, where they are confronted with challenges that require they make unlawful choices, can look to a variety of philosophical theories to help them make the most effective decision that will benefit the organization and their stakeholders without violating any policies. Seaquist (2012) outlines the following philosophical theories that help guide the decision makers: (a) ethical absolutism, religious fundamentalism, utilitarianism, deontology, ethical relativism, Nihilism, virtue and justice ethics (Seaquist, 2012). For example, if a leader in the mortgage and loan industry relied on the religious fundamentalism of Christianity, the executive would look to God’s will as to what is right or wrong to help guide their actions. This philosophical style is similar to the ethical absolutism, in that right and wrong concepts are absolute and do not change.

Religious fundamentalism relies on the doctrines of truths laid out by the prophets and interpreted from Biblical scriptures. In this respect, an executive’s views are defined on a Christian’s perspective of ethics based on God’s will, which is absolute. From this philosophical view, an executive may choose to assist families that are at a disadvantage for making a first time home purchase, and engage in business practices they deem lawful, even though it may be considered unethical. In this respect, as a Christian, the individual’s choice is to find a way to help others first which in God’s eyes is good, even though the behavior, in the eyes of the financial institution they represent may consider it unethical.

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A leader, on the other hand, that draws conclusions from a philosophy that embraces ethical relativism, rejects the concept of absolute moral values. These leaders do not conform to ideas that moral judgments are finite. Huemer (2005) postulates, that ethical naturalism and intuition also play a role that can influence individuals. Ethical naturalism for instance holds the view that right and wrong can be identified by whatever promotes human welfare and happiness. Ethical intuitionism, on the other hand, refers to a philosophy that some things (actions, states of affair, etc.) independently consist of one’s attitudes towards various situations (Huemer, 2005). This view embraces an attitude that at least some moral truths are known intuitively and subject to individual interpretation. In other words it is generally understood that some moral truths are known directly and not through the perception of a person’s five senses, or based of other truths. Like the ethical relativism philosophy, they deny the existence of absolute moral principles.

Leaders that conform to this kind of philosophy are focused on following the parameters of the laws and although are concerned with ethical values, do not place it as a priority in the decision making process. For example, an executive that embraces this philosophy may approve a loan to the tobacco industry to make a huge profit for the organization, even though it may be deemed unethical to support an industry that for many years masked the harmful effects of their products. In conclusion, leaders must decide for themselves the kind of leadership style they intend to embrace and how to run their business efficiently. Hanh (2012) reminds us that business leaders do not have to sacrifice happiness or their values, to make a profit (Hanh, 2012). Business leaders that cultivate an ethical climate will automatically operate their organization within the framework of the law and incorporate this attitude into their codes of conduct. This is an effective leadership strategy that is more likely to ensure an organization’s long term success.

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Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation. – Atifete Jahjaga

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References:

Geisler, N. (1989). Christian ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group.

Hanh, T. (2012). Work: How to find joy and meaning in each hour of the day. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press.

Huemer, M. (2005). Ethical intuitionism. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.

Seaquist, G. (2012). Business law for managers. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

 

Business and Fourth Amendment Benefits

Published December 8, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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The most successful business leaders comprehend the legal parameters to help them operate their firms  more efficiently. Managers that have a grasp on the law benefit from that knowledge. They are cognizant that comprehending the laws of the US Constitution, for example, plays a significant part in their ability to protect their rights. Organizational leaders that learn to interpret and comprehend the provisions of the Constitution will be ahead of the game in operating a successful firm.

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The Fourth Amendment, for instance, is an important component of the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights. It was created to protect US citizens and their possessions. In his book, More Essential Than Ever: The Fourth Amendment in the Twenty-First Century, Stephen Schulhofer (2012) contends that prior to the establishment of the Fourth Amendment, American Colonists were subjected to abusive searches from authorities who plundered their businesses and rummaged through their documents and possessions (Schulhofer, 2012). Other infractions of the Fourth Amendment involve violation of rights by the abusive power of officials who take advantage of citizens that are uneducated or may not be aware of their rights. Individuals that have emigrated from foreign countries, for example, may be at a disadvantage because they are unable to communicate effectively and are discriminated against. The Fourth Amendment was designed for this reason, to protect US citizens from having their property searched or seized without law enforcement having reason and/or obtaining a legitimate warrant to do so.

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The Fourth Amendment benefits citizens and their businesses because it protects them from unwarranted searches and having their possessions confiscated. On the other hand, the Fourth Amendment also benefits authorities because it gives them the right to search and seize evidence from individuals or businesses suspected of illegal conduct that may bring harm to the public at large. In his book, The Fourth Amendment: Its History and Interpretation, Thomas Clancy (2008) purported that with respect to any case that involves Fourth Amendment issues the following question must be addressed: does the government activity (whether search or seizure) invade the individual or their business interests that are protected by the amendment (Clancy, 2008). In other words is the activity warranted or not? For example, in today’s world, technological innovations in communication and the internet are creating cause for alarm with respect to the rights of citizens under the Fourth Amendment because of the astounding surveillance capabilities of the government to collect private information and data in the name of national security post the 911 terrorist attack. The questions modern citizens face today is whether this invasion of privacy is an infringement on their Fourth Amendment constitutional rights.

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Furthermore, the act of a search or seizure is very degrading for an individual to experience. In fact, Taslitz (2006) disclosed that the original Fourth Amendment of 1791 was constructed to tame political violence. The truth is that the early colonists not only complained about taxation without representation, they were outraged that the enforcement of these tax laws were conducted by searches from authorities without evidence of any wrongdoing (Taslitz, 2006). In other words, search and seizure were the core issues that motivated the revolutionary war!

The truth is, authorities that conduct seizures and raids have consciously engaged in an act that strips individuals of their rights and privacy. It is imperative that any authoritative figures that engage in such activity do so legally to prevent the violation of an individual’s US Constitutional rights, or rob a person of their dignity in doing so. In my publication, Ethics in the Real World (2013), I begin the book by pointing out that people in positions of power who have no one to answer to, can become dangerous, because time and time again history has shown us that rulers with unlimited power tend to behave with unlimited corruption. Without laws like the Fourth Amendment citizens would be powerless to stand up to misconduct and fraud.

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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not beviolated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the  place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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References:

Berry, M. A. (2013). Ethics in the Real World. USA: Kindle Direct Publishing.

Clancy, T. (2008). The fourth amendment: Its history and interpretation. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Schulhofer, S. (2012). More essential than ever: The fourth amendment in the twenty-first century. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Taslitz, A. (2006). Reconstructing the fourth amendment: A history of search and seizure. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Ethics of Top Performers

Published December 5, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Time and time again investigative journalism exposes individuals in top leadership roles who suffer from character and personality disorders. These character disorders can play a significant role in distorting an individual’s perceptions of what constitutes right and wrong behavior. One of the least understood areas of these is known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Individuals diagnosed with this condition display an inflated sense of self-importance, are extremely self-preoccupied, and have a tendency to self-worship. According to family therapist Eleanor Payson (2002), NPD is an all too common affliction among those who wield great power in society. The complete self-absorption of an NPD person results in unethical behavior with a treacherous propensity to devalue those within their sphere of influence, either subtly with condescension, or openly with criticism (Payson, 2002).

Scandalous behavior from revered public figures, like TV dads Bill Cosby and Stephen Collins, along with other high profile figures like Steve Jobs, Mel Gibson, Lance Armstrong, Alex Rodriguez, and Oscar Pistorius, revealed that, although these individuals have experienced high levels of success, as well as fame and fortune as top level performers in their field, there was a side of their personalities that revealed deeply disturbing behavior. These individuals forced us to acknowledge that there was a side of these heroes that severely lacked emotional intelligence, which was made evident by their unethical choices. Their behavior revealed a side of them that devalued others with their misconduct, which, in turn, once exposed, had a profound effect on their lives, careers, and also changed how the public now views them.

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As confident self-assured individuals, most charismatic leaders display an inclination towards narcissistic behavior. However, there are healthy and unhealthy levels of narcissism.  In his book, Organizational Behavior, Donald Baack (2012) explained that an individual with an NPD persona demonstrates severe limitations in understanding the feelings or the needs of other people (Baack, 2012). In other words, they do not engage in rules of reciprocity and appear to have no concern over the consequences of their choices due to the tunnel vision focus they incorporate as a means to achieve their goals.

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The ability to distinguish and administer information from perceptions, stimuli, and emotional cues defines a person’s emotional intelligence (EQ). In my ebook, Ethics in the Real World (2014), my research work disclosed that The EQ of a person plays a key role in the development of that individual’s ethical perceptions, in both their personal and business relationships, particularly for those with constant social interaction (Berry, 2013). A person’s cognitive ability, or beliefs and perceptions about any given situation, for example, has the power to influence the way they judge, react, and respond to their environment. It also plays an important role in discerning satisfaction in their lives as well as their career experiences because it is based on what their filters perceive as acceptable or unacceptable ethical behavior. The truth is that every situation is a learning experience which continues to shape each person’s ethical views and conduct. In conclusion, the key to ethical outcomes, is one’s ability to incorporate and apply managerial leadership skills with strategies that are developed mindfully by including empathy and compassion for others in their decision making process.

That’s it for this week! Have a great weekend everyone … and stay organized!

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 Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules. – Wayne Dyer

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References:

Baack, D. (2012). Organizational Behavior. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Berry, M. A. (2013). Ethics in the Real World. USA: Kindle Direct Publishing.

Payson, E. (2002). The wizard of oz and other narcissists (3rd ed.). Royal Oak, MI: Julian Day Publications.

Communication Skills of Top Performers

Published December 3, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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In a business arena, the key to transmitting information effectively lies in recognizing the target audience. In his book, Management Communication, Donald Baack (2012) contends that in addition to identifying the receiver, the communicator must also comprehend and implement the correct protocol in addressing each staff member whether of elite status or in a supporting role. In other words, transmitting messages may require a conscious effort to engage in a different level of communication to those in upper management, than the casual rapport that is commonly expected among peers and entry level staff members (Baack, 2012). This means that one effective leadership skill top performers put their focus on, is their ability to include effective communication by developing a great degree of self-awareness.

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It is this level of awareness that can play a big role in how managers can communicate and respond within a work environment. In my ebook, Breaching Communication Barriers (2014), I shared my personal experiences at Capitol Records with respect to transmitting messages within the hierarchy of that corporate structure. Because it was an arena where many of the music industry’s biggest superstars converged for various reasons, behavior that was inappropriate could result in permanent termination. In addition, when communication breaks down in the workplace, the environment can quickly become hostile and toxic. An employee that feels they have been treated unfairly, for instance, can tear down a company’s good reputation. A breakdown in communication between staff can also create irreparable damage if not handled properly.

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Managers that are effective leaders, possess high levels of communication skills. They use their skills as a tool to help get corporate teams enthusiastic and excited about their goals. In other words, top communicators achieve successful outcomes because they consciously transmit messages that: (a) help staff members feel confident about themselves, (b) allow employees to embrace who they are, and (c) focus on staff members’ strengths and talents by commending them for the hard work and effort they bring to the workplace, but also finding ways to help them address their weaknesses without breaking their spirits. To briefly sum up, strong leaders with good communication skills, transmit messages to employees (that are also supported by their actions), that they not only acknowledge and value their staff members, but that they understand their needs and actively look for ways to help their employees with their weaknesses, and in doing so, managers are in a better position to assist them, by working through those obstacles with dignity and grace.

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Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true. – Charles Dickens

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References:

Berry, M. A. (2013). Breaching Communication Barriers (Vol. 2). (C. Angela, Ed.) USA: Kindle Direct Publishing.

Coulter, M. (2010). Strategic management in action (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

 

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