National News - TRUST Notes for Educators: 7 tips for building trust in students

Todd Finley, an Edutopia blogger, begins a recent post “Education is catastrophically deficient in trust,” and argues that teachers must take a leap of faith to learn how to trust their students so that they can be successful

National News - TRUST Notes for Marketplace Leaders: Is social networking at work an ethics risk?

The recently released results of the National Business Ethics Survey® of Social Networkers by the Ethics Resource Center uncovered an interesting relationship between social networking at work and ethics risks.

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The Better Business Bureau has worked vigorously for nearly 100 years promoting high standards of business ethics. Yet, in the minds of many consumers, we were solely in the business of handling customer complaints.

We knew that we needed to demonstrate and shine a brighter spotlight on our commitment to high ethical standards. So, we launched the Torch Awards program to recognize businesses that were intentionally pursuing the highest standards of organizational ethics – putting high character into action. Over the years, a commonality among our Torch Award recipients became clear – each valued leadership character ethics and ethical enterprising as vital traits in their organizations.

Armed with this information, we set out to create a better roadmap to more intentionally transfer the essential disciplines of personal and public integrity. This resulted in our adoption of the 20 defined leadership character ethics in the UncommonSense™ Framework, and the six TRUST! principles in the EthicalEnterprises™ Framework. These frameworks have become the roadmap, the inspiration and the foundation for the BBB Center for Character Ethics.

Today, the BBB Center for Character Ethics (a 501c3 non-profit educational corporation) is a powerful working collaboration of experts and organizations dedicated to providing practical character ethics and ethical enterprising training for leaders serving in our Current Workforce and educators serving our future workforce. Our objective is to help every BBB service center have a clear strategy for advancing positive ethics (not just corrective negative intervention) and strengthening the BBB movement by giving individuals the confidence to intentionally commit to leadership ethics and ethical enterprising.

Why Character Ethics? Educators relate comfortably to the term 'character', while businesses, government and higher education relate to the term 'ethics'. They are two sides of the same coin. Because we serve both sectors, the term "Character Ethics" aspires to bridge the gap and unites these words to express "universal ethics that uniquely build high Character."

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