Gael O'Brien

Gael O'Brien

The Ethics Coach

Gael O'Brien is publisher of The Week In Ethics and founder of coaching/consulting firm Strategic Opportunities Group. Do you have an ethical dilemma? Write to The Ethics Coach at ethics@entrepreneur.com.

Are Severance Agreements Slimy Business?
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Are Severance Agreements Slimy Business?

Is the common practice an ethical one? Our expert explains.
Why Points of Difference Could Be What Brings Your Company Together
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Why Points of Difference Could Be What Brings Your Company Together

Someone "not like us" may be just who you need.
Why Transparency Creates a Clear Path to Success and How to Maintain It
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Why Transparency Creates a Clear Path to Success and How to Maintain It

Collaborative partners openly share information. But what happens when one goes rogue?
Someone Messed Up. Here's How You Fix It.
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Someone Messed Up. Here's How You Fix It.

Whether it's a dishonest employee or an order snafu, what you do after a mistake makes the difference. We'll show you the steps to take.
Is Sharing Caring When it Comes to Clients?
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Is Sharing Caring When it Comes to Clients?

The etiquette of sharing clients and how much to share with them.
When Exercising Caution Is the Best Move For Your Business
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When Exercising Caution Is the Best Move For Your Business

In workplace safety and in hiring decisions, caution is key.
What to Do When a Colleague Acts Unethically
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What to Do When a Colleague Acts Unethically

If your co-worker acted unethically, there are ways to fix it.
How to Welcome New Ideas and New Employees
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How to Welcome New Ideas and New Employees

An expert weighs in on how to adjust to constructive feedback and fresh faces so that everyone feels at ease.
As a Business Owner, Should You Make Your Personal Beliefs Public?
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As a Business Owner, Should You Make Your Personal Beliefs Public?

The good, the bad and the bottom line of community involvement.
The Boss Is Dating an Employee. Now What?
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The Boss Is Dating an Employee. Now What?

Any owner, CEO or manager needs to tread very carefully when becoming romantically involved with an employee.
How to Handle Employees Who Avoid Criticism
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How to Handle Employees Who Avoid Criticism

The Ethics Coach handles tackles two big questions: how to deal with employees who resist feedback and how to create a 'mutually beneficial' internship program.
Are Paid Referrals Worth the Cost?
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Are Paid Referrals Worth the Cost?

A look at the value of paid referrals and advisers and the difference between ethics and compliance.
Blame and Credit: How to Encourage Fairness and Accountability Under Pressure
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Blame and Credit: How to Encourage Fairness and Accountability Under Pressure

Unsure how to stop the blame game or start an honest discussion? We're here to help.
What to Do When Your Boss Doesn't Trust You
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What to Do When Your Boss Doesn't Trust You

Failures of trust and communication can be tricky to navigate. The Ethics Coach can help.
Will My Employer Sue Me for Starting My Own Business?
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Will My Employer Sue Me for Starting My Own Business?

You have ethics questions, and we have answers.