Grappling with the Gray

Grappling with the Gray

Are you ethical? Only by investigating all sides and contemplating every angle can we improve ethical decision-making, build more trusting relationships, and help create a more ethical world. Join our panel of leaders and thinkers as we grapple with a new ethical challenge each week.


April 10, 2024 39 mins

White collar vs. blue collar criminals: Who deserves to serve more time?

That's the question the ethics panel takes up when JC Glick, 🔆 Anne Nevel, CAE, and Andre van Heerden join me to Grapple with the Gray.

Here is our scenario:

Last week, Joseph Tyler was sentenced to eight years in state prison and ordered to pay $23,000 in restitution to older Coloradans that he defrauded in a tree-trimming sca...

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Which is worse: suspicion or gullibility? And do we actually have to choose?

Those are the questions that drive my conversation with the incomparable Cy Wakeman when she joins me to Grapple with the Gray.

Here is our topic:

In a recent op ed posted in The Hill, Disaster Avoidance Expert Gleb Tsipursky writes:

“In the brave new world of hybrid work, where the lines between office and home are blur...

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Passion is a good thing. Except, perhaps, when it's not. How can we tell where to draw the line?

That's the question the ethics panel takes up when Toni McLelland MSc FRSA, Cathleen O’Sullivan, and Colin D Smith join me for a special transatlantic episode of Grappling with the Gray.

Here is our topic:

With Taylor Swift’s current Eras tour the most successful in history, it’s inevitable that many...

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Along with gun rights, border protection, and trans-athletes, one of our most contentious issues is Daylight Savings Time.

That's the issue the ethics panel takes up when Jennifer H. Elder, CSP, CPA, Diane Helbig, and 🟦 Mark O'Brien join me to Grapple with the Gray.

Here is our topic:

It’s almost that time again. Get ready to set your clocks forward an hour. Or is it back an hour?


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If life isn't fair, should we stop trying?

That question underlies this episode's topic as Deb Coviello The Drop In CEO™, 🟦 Melissa Hughes, Ph.D., and John E. McGlothlin join the the ethics panel to Grapple with the Gray.

Here is our challenge:

Since the topic of transgender rights has become widespread, the debate over biological men competing in women’s sports has become heated, to say the le...

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Can ethical standards be too high?

That's the question the ethics panel takes up when Marcus Aurelius Anderson, David Marlow, and Jason Todd join me to Grapple with the Gray. Please join us live!

Here is our topic:

I was getting off a plane after a trip to the east coast, when a neighbor on the same flight offered me a ride home. I heard him call his son-in-law, whom he told to meet us at departures....

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How far can we ethically stretch the letter of the law in an effort to fulfil the spirit of the law?

That's the question the panel takes up on this episode of Grappling with the Gray.

Here is our topic:

Last week, Jennifer Crumbley was found guilty on four counts of involuntary manslaughter for her role in her 15 year old son Ethan’s murder of four classmates in a November 2021 shooting. Ethan pled g...

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Are we making ourselves more cynical? If so, what is the cost?

Those are the questions the ethics panel takes up on this episode of Grappling with the Gray.

Here is our scenario:

The rapper known as Killer Mike walked out of the Grammy Awards in handcuffs earlier this week. Reportedly, he was charged with misdemeanor assault and released on zero bail.

The choice of LAPD to arrest him as he was le...

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Bruce Wayne tells Rachel Dawes that revenge and justice can be the same. Rachel replies:

"No, they're never the same, Bruce. Justice is about harmony. Revenge is about you making yourself feel better."

Is there ever an exception? That's the question the ethics panel takes up on this episode of Grappling with the Gray.

The following is a quote from ABC news online:

Three days a...

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Does the appearance of chaos promote chaos?

That's the question the ethics panel takes up this episode of Grappling with the Gray.
Here is our topic:

The recent disappearance of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin from the White House chain of command sent tremors through Washington and the country.

On January 2, shortly after returning home from an apparently successful procedure, the secretary exp...

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Is doing something half-right better than not doing it at all?
Or can selectively excluding good not only negate but overpower the benefit of what's included?

That's the dilemma the ethics panel takes up when Christopher Bauer, Catherine Fitzgerald, and Scott Mason join me to Grapple with the Gray.

Here is our topic:

The following is taken from the About page on the Hostage Aid Worldwide web...

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Is there ever such a thing as too much transparency, too much disclosure, or too much open information?

That's the subject the ethics panel takes up when Sam Ardery and Jennifer Elder join me to Grapple with the Gray.

Here is our ethics challenge:

As of January 1, a new Florida law requires city officials to report their assets, liabilities, sources of income and net worth, the same disclosures previ...

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🥷You've learned about the horrors of Auschwitz.
🥷You've read about the atrocities of October 7.
🥷You've watched the recent rise of Anti-Semitism in the US and around the world.

You want to do something. But what can you do?
After all you're just one person.
And maybe you're not even Jewish.

That's why you don't want to miss my conversation with 🟦 Melissa Hughe...

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Is saying "I'm sorry" sometimes not enough?
Should we say we're sorry when we're not?
What if we're not sorry when we should be?

These are some of the questions the ethics panel will take up this Wednesday at 5:00 pm ET when Mark Brown, CSP, Deb Coviello, and Kimberly Davis join me to Grapple with the Gray.

Here is our topic?

Days after a highly charged appearance bef...

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Are some topic too hot to discuss? Not when we're Grappling with the Gray, they're not.

This is the challenge the ethics panel takes up when Jennifer Elder, Mark O'Brien, and Stewart Wiggins join me to confront the clash between professional responsibility and personal conviction.

Here is our topic:

In the infamous 1857 Dred Scott case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that a slave could no...

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🥷How to we resolve the tension between outcome and intention?
🥷How much does it mean to mean well if what we mean never materializes?
🥷How much is enough if we know we can't do it all?

These are some of the questions the ethics panel will address when Rashmi Airan, Nick Gallo, and Laura Elizabeth Gray join me to Grapple with the Gray.

Here is our scenario:

You schedule a business lunch wit...

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When protestors respond to reasonable questions about their causes with, "Why does it matter?" isn't it long past time that we addressed the failings of our education system?

Tune in this Wednesday here on LinkedIn Live at 5:00 pm ET when Diane Helbig, Brian Kelly, and K Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski join the ethics panel for another episode of Grappling with the Gray.

Here is our topic:


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🥷Should we draw a line between business practices and political activism?
🥷Should we keep our personal views out of the boardroom and off the billboards?
🥷Is it proper to use a business platform to support a social agenda that is not universally held?

Tune into LinkedIn Live when the ethics panel convenes at a special time for a special transatlantic episode Grappling with the Gray.

On recent panels, we...

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Should we look to the stars to solve our problems, or do we already have enough to deal with here on earth?

The ethics of space pioneering is the subject of my conversation with NASA program director Michael Ciannilli.

As children, virtually all of us are enamored with the idea of space flight. As we get older, however, we may lose our youthful enthusiasm as we contemplate the ethical questions space exp...

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When everyone is guilty, is no one guilty?

That's what the ethics panel will be grappling with on this episode of Grappling with the Gray. 

Here's our scenario:

Ronald Opus attempted to commit suicide by jumping off the top floor of a ten story building. What he did not know was that construction workers had placed a net at the first floor level to catch falling debris, which would have saved th...

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