Acts of Physical Courage

Successful or not, acts of physical courage always bring honor. It is the much smaller forms of valor, standing up for principle at the risk of social disapproval, economic loss or injury to career that require the greatest moral will power. There is little upside to winning and a significant and often lasting downside to losing. — Michael Josephson

Hold Yourself More Accountable

Hold yourself more accountable. Awkowldege the wounds you’ve inflicted and the mistakes you’ve made and make amends. Make it easier for others to do the same. – Michael Josephson  

True and Consistent Courage

The only force that can sustain true and consistent courage is some form of spiritual belief that values notions like honor, duty, loyalty and integrity above the status, power, money and even security. — Michael Josephson Read Michael’s commentary on Moral Courage here:

You Hold the Answers

YOU HOLD THE ANSWERS The key to every puzzle, The solution to to every problem, Is in your head waiting to be found.

Hang On, Pain Ends

Hang On, Pain Ends Pain is unavoidable but it isn’t permanent. The sun will come out tomorrow; it comes out every single day even when we can’t see it. You have the strength you need to get through this. The light at the end of the tunnel is your life; it’s the tunnel that’s temporary. – Michael Josephson

Ethics is Bigger Than Compliance

Ethics is bigger than compliance. Compliance is doing what you are required to do; ethics is about doing what you should do. An act is not ethical simply because it’s legal, nor is it proper simply because it’s permissible. In an ethical culture, people are expected to do more than ask what they have a right to do; they are …

Worrying is Carrying Tomorrow’s Load with Today’s Strength

Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. – Corrie ten Boom It’s always wise to anticipate possible problems but success and peace of mind increase if you can discipline yourself to not allow concern about negative “what-ifs” to sap …

For every ACTION there is an equal and opposite CRITICISM

For every ACTION there is an equal and opposite CRITICISM A critical quality of effective leadership is a THICK SKIN. In addition to PASSION, PERSISTENCE and PERSUASIVENESS, change agents have the COURAGE and CONFIDENCE to withstand criticism. Effective leaders need many qualities but those who seek to make meaningful change and solve complex problems with competing interests must have the …

Ethics Doesn’t Demand a Life of Self-Sacrifice

“Ethics doesn’t demand a life of self-sacrifice nor require us to ignore our desires and needs. It does expect us to care about right and wrong, to know the difference between what we want to do and what we should do, and to muster the moral courage to do what is right.” – Michael Josephson

First of Eight Days of Hanukkah

First of eight days of Hanukkah. The gift I wish for each day is a day where everyone … DAY 1: HONESTY – tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth DAY 2: INTEGRITY – does the right thing simply because it is right DAY 3: RESPECT – lives by the Golden Rule DAY 4: PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY …

Lying Can Define Our Character

It’s a pity how often we chisel away at our integrity with lies and deceptions to gain small advantages or avoid discomfort. It’s not simply that these dishonesties corrupt our lives and endanger the trust that’s so important to our relationships, It’s that lying becomes a habit, an easy coping mechanism that, more than we care to admit, begins to …

Pay Attention and Learn

With or without your permission, your mind will work hard to make sense out of the world. Pay attention and you’ll be amazed at what you can learn. – Michael Josephson

No Little Lies

Where trust is important, there are NO LITTLE LIES. Lies, however small they seem, are like germs. Without the antibody of trust they cause infections that kill credibility. – Michael Josephson See more rules about trust at

Give Back! It Will Improve Your World and Your Life!

Please join me in a commitment to at least double your charitable donations this year. It will improve the world and your life. “If you want to know how to live your life, think about what you want people to say about you after you die and live backward.” Having recently experienced a life-threatening health challenge I am more passionate …