Bruce Weinstein

  • The Ethics Guy®
  • 2017 Top Thought Leader in Trust.

 

Enlightening, inspiring and entertaining, Dr. Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy, shows leaders in business, health care, law, accounting, and education why character is the missing link to excellence and how to hire and promote people of high character. 

He writes an online column for Fortune twice a week and is the author of the books Ethical Intelligence: Five Principles for Untangling Your Toughest Problems at Work and Beyond, and Is It Still Cheating If I Don’t Get Caught?  

His latest book, The Good Ones: Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees, reveals how employers can find good people to work for them and why character is the missing link to excellence.  It also shows job candidates how to excel in their interviews by using a novel strategy: explaining how their high character has consistently delivered strong results.

An in-demand speaker, Dr. Weinstein’s clients have included the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants (two years in a row), National Football League, the Investment Management Consultants Association, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, Northrop Grumman, the National Business Aviation Association, the colleges of business of Eastern Michigan University and the University of North Dakota, and over 300 other leading groups.

You have seen Dr. Weinstein on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, a wide range of CNN programs, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor and Fox and Friends, Fox Business Network's Cavuto, MSNBC Live, and CNBC's Fast Money.

His work has been featured in USA Today, the New York Times, and American Airlines’ in-flight magazine.  He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Swarthmore College, a PhD in philosophy and bioethics from Georgetown University, and a National Fellowship in Leadership Development from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.   

He lives in New York City with his wife, Kristen Bancroft.  

 

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    Business Ethics

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    New York

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    $15,000 - $20,000

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THE ETHICS GUY: KEYNOTE EXCERPTS

Keynote Speech to 4,000 people: THE ETHICS GUY

Bruce Weinstein - The Ethics Speaker

Enlightening, inspiring and entertaining, Dr. Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy, shows leaders in business, health care, law, accounting, and education why character is the missing link to excellence and how to hire and promote people of high character. 

He writes an online column for Fortune twice a week and is the author of the books Ethical Intelligence: Five Principles for Untangling Your Toughest Problems at Work and Beyond, and Is It Still Cheating If I Don’t Get Caught?  

His latest book, The Good Ones: Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees, reveals how employers can find good people to work for them and why character is the missing link to excellence.  It also shows job candidates how to excel in their interviews by using a novel strategy: explaining how their high character has consistently delivered strong results.

An in-demand speaker, Dr. Weinstein’s clients have included the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants (two years in a row), National Football League, the Investment Management Consultants Association, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, Northrop Grumman, the National Business Aviation Association, the colleges of business of Eastern Michigan University and the University of North Dakota, and over 300 other leading groups.

You have seen Dr. Weinstein on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, a wide range of CNN programs, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor and Fox and Friends, Fox Business Network's Cavuto, MSNBC Live, and CNBC's Fast Money.

His work has been featured in USA Today, the New York Times, and American Airlines’ in-flight magazine.  He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Swarthmore College, a PhD in philosophy and bioethics from Georgetown University, and a National Fellowship in Leadership Development from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.   

He lives in New York City with his wife, Kristen Bancroft.  

 

To book business ethics speaker Dr. Bruce Weinstein call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

Keynote #1

“To Yell the Truth!”

A fun, fast-moving, interactive game show about ethics

Based on “Family Feud”

  1. Two teams of 4-5 people choose a solution to a “What would you do?” scenario.
  2. Then we see how 100 members of your organization responded (“Survey said…!”)
  3. Finally, Bruce reveals the best response, based on your organization’s values and code of ethics

Keynote #2

THE GOOD ONES: 10 Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees

Are you frustrated by your attempts to find good people to work for you?  The best employees are not merely knowledgeable or skilled.  They're also people of high character. 

"The Good Ones" may be the most valuable presentation you'll ever attend, because at stake is the financial well-being of your business, the relationships you have with clients, and your reputation as a person of integrity.

Through this highly interactive and entertaining program, you will:

  • Understand why you need to consider a job candidate's character as well as his or her knowledge and skills
  • Learn the true cost of bad behavior
  • Discover how to hire and promote people of high character

FOR HALF- AND FULL-DAY ENGAGEMENTS

THE GOOD ONES: 10 Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees

Help your members learn how to hire & promote high-character people!

Make the most of Dr. Weinstein’s visit (and save money) by scheduling a half- or full-day presentation based on his new book, The Good Ones: Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees.

The ten crucial qualities are:

  1. Honesty
  2. Accountability
  3. Care
  4. Courage
  5. Fairness
  6. Gratitude
  7. Humility
  8. Loyalty
  9. Patience
  10. Presence

Your members will get specific questions they can use to evaluate these qualities in job applicants and current employees.

True stories, small-group discussions, one-on-one exercises, and other engaging activities make this one of the most entertaining, enlightening, and inspiring sessions you will find.

Keynote #3

ETHICAL INTELLIGENCE: 5 Principles for Making the Right Decisions Every Time

CUSTOM-DESIGNED FOR YOU

You wake up one morning with the flu.  Would you go to work or stay home and rest?

Jane, an employee of yours, has a terrible work ethic.  You’ve talked with her several times, but the problem continues.  Last month you fired another employee who slacked off on the job, but Jane is the daughter of a friend of yours.  Would you fire Jane? Give her one more chance?  Talk with your friend?

A colleague is driving you to lunch and begins checking his smartphone while you’re at a stop light.  The light changes to green, and your friend continues to read his phone but begins driving.  Would you say something or mind your own business?

You're at a restaurant, and the service isn't very good.  When the bill arrives, you discover that an item you had is not listed. Would you tell the waiter or keep it to yourself?

We often find ourselves asking, "What's the right thing to do in this situation?," but when the stakes are high, our emotions can get in the way of thinking clearly and making the best choices.  In this lively, fun and practical session, Dr. Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy, shows you how five simple principles provide a framework for solving the above problems and many others that come your way.

The good news is that the principles that help you make the right decisions at work are the same principles that apply in your personal life, too.

Dr. Weinstein begins the presentation with a “What would you do?” quiz that is tailored to the needs of your group.  He then presents the five principles of ethical intelligence, and one-on-one exercises show the group how to apply these principles in their daily lives.  He concludes by revisiting the quiz and demonstrating how the five principles reveal which solutions are best.

A simple but powerful call to action gives every member of the audience the chance to put the principles into practice right way.

You've seen Dr. Weinstein on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, and CNBC.  Now your members can attend his engaging and inspirational presentation!  Who knew ethics could be so much fun?

Communications Director Montana Society of CPAs

“Dr. Weinstein has the unique ability to make an ethics class fascinating. He combines personal and professional ethics into a class that stimulates and intrigues participants. He holds their attention effortlessly with his real-world examples. Hire him! You won't regret it.”

Communications Director, Montana Society of CPAs

“Dr. Weinstein has the unique ability to make an ethics class fascinating. He combines personal and professional ethics into a class that stimulates and intrigues participants. He holds their attention effortlessly with his real-world examples. Hire him! You won't regret it.”

Chief Auditor & Compliance Officer Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association

I thought it was terrific, and all of the work you put in ahead of time to prepare for our audience really helped your message resonate with us.

President, Healthcare Financial Management Association

Invigorating, interactive, and fun! I got a lot of take-backs from this session. If you need to keep your audience participating, Dr. Weinstein’s your man.

Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.

That was the best ethics presentation I’ve ever seen!

Trump is as Mad as Hell, and His Business Partners Won't Take It Anymore
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Republican frontrunner’s rants against Muslims are bad for business.

Racist, hateful, un-American, and shameful—these are four recent descriptions of Donald J. Trump’s call to seal the U.S. borders from Muslims. It’s time to add a fifth.

Bad for business.

A Best Picture nominee from 40 years ago is remarkably prescient about how Trump remains so popular and why his latest proposal should be rejected by right-thinking businesspeople around the world.

The movie Network, written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, was a satire when it premiered in 1976 but now seems closer to a documentary. It’s most famous for Peter Finch’s monologue in which his character, a deranged TV anchor named Howard Beale, exhorts his viewers to scream out their windows, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

As Dave Itzkoff detailed in his 2015 book, Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies, this fictional portrait of an unhinged television personality spawned many of today’s demagogues who have enormous followings in politics and the media. Beale tapped into a deep frustration of Americans who felt helpless, angry, and overwhelmed by a world seemingly out of their control.

Consider this line from the movie:

Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job, the dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter, punks are running wild in the streets, and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it.

It’s an observation we might associate with Rush Limbaugh, Ted Cruz, or Donald Trump, but Paddy Chayefsky wrote it four years before Ronald Reagan was elected. People who feel downtrodden need an enemy to focus their anger upon. For Trump, that enemy isn’t merely the relatively small, radical faction of one of the oldest and most populous religions in the world. The enemy is the religion itself.

There is a way out of this morass, however, and it’s another character in Network who shows the way.

When Beale adds big business to his list of grievances and encourages his audience to stop a take-over of his network’s parent company by a Saudi Arabian conglomerate, the company’s CEO calls an urgent meeting with the unraveling anchor.

“We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale,” chief executive Arthur Jensen says, observing that there are no Arabs, Russians, or Third Worlds. “The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable by-laws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale!”

Jensen is intended to symbolize the ridiculousness of capitalism as Chayefsky sees it, but his words make a lot of sense in light of Donald Trump’s current ideology. Trump’s point of view is wrong on its own terms, but it also spells disaster for The Trump Organization. As Hala Droubi, Julie Creswell, and Nelson D. Schwartz reported in the New York Times, Trump’s comments are already putting a dent in his company’s relationship with the Middle East.

“He insulted 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide, and he has business in the Arab world,” Khalaf al-Habtoor told the Times.

Khalaf is a self-made billionaire and chairman of the U.A.E.-based Al Habtoor Group. He used to support Trump, but no longer. “He will lose because respectable Muslims will refuse to work with him,” Khalaf said. The Dubai-based Landmark Group is one company that has already severed ties with Trump.

It wasn’t the first time that Trump’s mouth cost him money. Earlier this year, after he referred to Mexicans as drug dealers, criminals, and rapists, NBC said two words that Trump was more used to exclaiming himself: “You’re fired.” The PGA also cancelled a golf tournament that was to be held at a Trump property in L.A., and as Phil Wahba reported in Fortune, Macy’s discontinued its Trump menswear.

The strangest aspect of Trump’s business losses is that they don’t seem to be rooted in any conviction other than remaining ahead in the polls.

“Look, Donald is my friend, and we have been friends for a long time,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker told the Times. “I think it is an exercise only to gain political mileage. Nothing more. This is the opportune time to excite more extremist people so that they could give him their votes.”

It’s no coincidence that Trump issued his proposal just after a poll showed him to be losing his lead as a Republican presidential candidate. He found a way, as he often does, to keep the media focus on himself.

So the acquisition of wealth isn’t what drives Donald Trump, after all. It’s also hard to believe that his bluster is a tool to, as he puts it, “make America great again.” Instead, it seems that Trump’s objectives are simply to remain a top news story and achieve power for its own sake. These are dubious goals. It’s in the financial interests of business leaders around the world to reject both.

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Taylor Swift: A C-suite role model
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Taylor Swift is “the most powerful voice in pop music today,” Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt wrote Monday in a post about Swift’s letter to Apple. That missive revealed that the singer is also a persuasive leader whom C-suite executives, other managers, and employees would do well to emulate.

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CEO of The Men's Wearhouse, George Zimmer, fired via e-mail.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Below is a link to the CNN interview Bruce Weinstein did about the ethics of firing people via e-mail or text:

CEO of The Men's Wearhouse, George Zimmer, told Fortune magazine yesterday that he was fired via e-mail.

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You Lost Your Job - Now What?
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Losing your job is one of the most traumatic events you can experience. On the Holmes-Rahe Stress Scale, it's the eighth most stressful life experience, behind the death of a spouse (No. 1) or going to jail (No. 4), but ahead of the death of a close friend (No. 17), foreclosure on a mortgage or loan (No. 21), or in-law troubles (No. 24). Rightly or wrongly, many of us define ourselves by our jobs, which is why one of the first questions we ask someone we meet is, "What do you do?"

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