Category Archives: Analysis

The Havoc Pajama Boys Wreak

NOTE: This piece was submitted for publication at a national outlet on September 4 — no response. So, posting the piece here. Just wanted to note that many articles on this very issue began to appear during the last few … Continue reading

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Employee Engagement Surveys, Culture Surveys, and Ethics Surveys

Companies, agencies, organizations, and Little League teams, for all the Barometer knows, use all three. In fact, they pay through the nose for experts to come in and run all three. There are two problems. The first is that the … Continue reading

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The Amazing Age of the Outraged Leader Who Knew Nothing

Jon Corzine, the former chairman and CEO of the collapsed MF Global Holdings, is in court battling with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission over liability as the person in charge when the brokerage firm hijacked customers’ account to support its … Continue reading

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Faulty Ethical Reasoning, By Some of the Best Minds

When the new stories, statements, and press releases that result from ethical lapses are published, there are certain quotes and phrases that jump off the page. The mind reads, revisits, and rereads the quotes and phrases and concludes that an … Continue reading

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The Tricky Business of Corporate Social Responsibility

Wal-Mart received the accolades that have long kept their distance from the company when it announced that it would be increasing its employees’ wages. Bully! The advocates of the $15 minimum wage were thrilled. If Wal-Mart can do it, anyone … Continue reading

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The Atlanta Public School System Convictions and Sentences

The case against the Atlanta Public School System began with cheating and ended with prison sentences. There were 35 educators and administrators indicted. Two of them died before they could be tried, including Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of the … Continue reading

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Veracity, Docs, Nurses, and Ebola

The Barometer and others understand that we don’t know everything about Ebola. We also understand that panic does not always walk on the same side of the street as rational thought. However, panic is tough to conquer when a disease … Continue reading

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On Absolutes Coming Full Circle

For as long as the Barometer can recall, the mantra, “There are no absolutes,” has been repeated with reverence, deference, and unequivocal conviction.  The facile response has always been, “Well, there are no absolutes except that one that you just … Continue reading

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The Goldman Culture Curse: Corzine, MF Global, and Investigations

Jon Corzine began as a bond trader at Goldman Sachs in 1975. Through a climb that made him head of bond trading and then CFO, Mr. Corzine eventually became chairman of Goldman in 1994. After leaving Goldman in 1999, he … Continue reading

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The Fizzling Criminal Prosecutions

The federal criminal investigation into Washington Mutual’s lending practices has been closed. Further, it looks as if similar investigations into the mortgage lending of IndyMac Bancorp and New Century Financial are dormant and likely also to be closed. These three … Continue reading

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Finally, a Company Lets the Data Speak

In June 2011, The Spine Journal let loose with its findings on Medtronic’s Infusion, a bioengineered material used in spinal fusion. The special issue of the medical journal concluded that research sponsored by Medtronic resulted in misleading conclusions – overstated … Continue reading

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So Not Worth It, Or Is it? Clemens, Armstrong, & Anthony

Jonathan Mahler, he of the New York Times, and a host of others who crowd the web and bend the Barometer’s ear, wonder why the federal government pursues cases such as those against Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and, now, Lance … Continue reading

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The Softer Side of the Justice Department: The Civil Settlement and Deferred Prosecution

There is a dearth of criminal cases targeting the executives involved in the 2008 investment banking house collapses and its seeds of destruction planted in the subprime mortgage market. The void has raised questions throughout the hallowed halls of law … Continue reading

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Stakeholder Theory and Representative Anthony Weiner

It is fascinating to read the commentary vis-à-vis Representative Anthony Weiner (the member of Congress with the texting and tweeting problems, for the few souls in Kazakhstan who may not have picked up on this ongoing saga). The commentary has … Continue reading

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