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Category >> Integrity and Ethics
Mar 30

Should You Share Price Quotes?

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From time to time the question comes up whether you should share price quotations you receive with other vendors.  My perspective is no.

When I have negotiated price with vendors, I’ve asked them to give their best price first as well as a comprehensive explanation of the services and product they’re offering.  I took this position based on three reasons.

Feb 27

Keeping Appointments

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I have written a number of times about the importance of keeping promises and commitments to customers and others.  Scripture gives a very pointed perspective on keeping your word when it says “They make many promises, take false oaths and make agreements; therefore lawsuits spring up like poisonous weeds in a plowed field.” (Hosea 10:4, NIV)

Nov 11

Public and Private Moments

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The election is over and we have a President elect. One issue that clearly came to the forefront during the campaign was the difference between the public and private moments of Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. I have heard the statement repeatedly in the past that the private person should be separated from what is done public.  I disagree.

Nov 09

Is Paying Cash Unethical?

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From time to time someone asks the question about whether making cash payments to someone is unethical? Some hold the perspective that the only reason to pay cash is to help somebody avoid taxes.

In my businesses, occasionally someone has wanted to pay in currency rather than by check. In these instances I make the appropriate entries in my bookkeeping system so that it becomes part of my taxable income. Then, when required, I expect to receive a 1099 IRS reporting form at the end of the year.

Oct 14

Don’t Just Disappear

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Any person engaged in sales encounters prospects who simply disappear. I understand that a lot of folks don’t like to say no or don’t want to engage after they decide not to accept your proposal. However, this wastes time unnecessarily and lacks basic courtesy.