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This article first appeared on August 27, 2014 in The Chattanoogan.com. Enjoy. When I was in my early 20’s, an older guy asked me if I knew the definition of “business ethics”, then quickly explained: “it was what the rich old guys rolled down the mountain at us poor scrambling bastards trying to climb up!”… Read more »

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Golf is the only sport where you are obligated to penalize yourself, for there is no policeman, referee or inspector, just your own integrity. Business for the most part is that way until you cross the line into serious offenses that get the attention of the law. As you start out in business, you will be weighed on the scales of integrity by vendors, employers, employees, customers and coworkers alike. Remember there is only one chance to make a first impression. Either a good or bad reputation sticks for a long time, but the bad one is much harder to lose.