Emmanuel Tchividjian’s Insights on Questionable Connections

Emmanuel Tchividjian

Mr. Tchividjian’s writes about the American government’s association with Colonel Muhammar Qaddafi which as you are probably aware has not turned out well. As the author says, the implications of having the wrong associations is also true for business and friends. I have excerpted his recommended rules below.

From the Ruder Finn Ethics Blog written by Emmanuel Tchividjian.

Where do we draw the line between an association we can tolerate and one we can’t, and what are the criteria that will determine our decision?

Let me list some ideas. We should:

1.     Make sure we make a distinction between hearsay and facts. We have to be reasonably sure that the information we have is accurate.

2.     Be aware that bad associations taint us, causing damage to our own reputation and may, in some cases, make us an accomplice to a crime.

3.     Ask ourselves whether by our association we are somehow enabling the individual in question in pursuing the precise behavior we disapprove of?

4.      Be aware there may be a cost to our refusal to associate ourselves with certain individuals or organizations and be ready to pay for that cost.

5.     Remember that ultimately it is our decision to make and that we may have more options than we think. I never like to hear the sentence “we had no other choices” because most to the time we do.

Here’s a link to the full article –

Questionable Connections by Emmanuel Tchividjian from the site, Ruder Finn Ethics Blog

America is confronted once again with the near demise of a head of state with which we had established a diplomatic relationship: Colonel Muhammar Qaddafi, who by all accounts is a brutal dictator. American foreign policy has a long history of associating with questionable characters and brutal dictators such … Read More

You may also find one of his earlier articles interesting –

Egypt: Reflection on Leadership


The Fight Against Corruption

His work is always good. I recommend you add this ethics blog to your favorites.

James Pilant

Ethics Roundup 2-20-11

Picture by Greg Kendall Ball

The Crane and Matten Blog have a wonderful article up. It’s called Baron-zu-Googleberg. And it’s a morality tale. I’d go read this one just for the sheer fun of it.

From the post –

One of the funnier incidents in cypberspace is the facebook page on this (‘If Guttenberg has a Doctor, I want one too!’) or the new keyboard designed for PhDs a la Guttenberg – with all keys removed except the ‘c’ut and ‘v’-paste ones…

From Ethics Blog, a reflection on leadership

We are most likely not heads of state, but we are all to some degree leaders. Can we be both feared and loved? I think it is possible. As parents we try to find the delicate balance between authority and love. Such balance can also sometimes be found in the military. We read and hear of stories about commanders who were both feared (court martial is always a possibility if one does not obey orders) and yet loved by their men who sometimes would even risk their lives for their leaders.

There is a new Chuck Gallager blog post and it is fascinating. Apparently, he had a blog post which another person had issues with (I want you to read the post for all the play by plays.). So he published his old post with the new comments entered into the appropriate places. It is a very ethical and intelligent way to handle the subject (and more than a little time consuming). I’m impressed.

David Yamada in his blog, Minding the Workplace has a great deal to say about the ongoing events in Wisconsin –

Governor Walker’s attack on human rights is unlike anything I’ve seen in the U.S. during my adult lifetime. He is using the state’s budget woes as a pretext to justify denying workers the right to bargain over their compensation and benefits. Hard bargaining at the negotiation table in the midst of tough economic times is one thing, but moving to deny workers a collective voice is pure thuggery.

Washington’s Blog has a truly fascinating post – Don’t Let Wisconsin Divide Us … Conservatives and Liberals Agree about the Important Things.

In fact, most Americans – conservatives and liberals – are fed up with both of the mainstream republican and democratic parties, because it has become obvious that both parties serve Wall Street and the military-industrial complex at the expense of most Americans.