Ghostwriting isn’t unethical (most of the time)

Some CEOs need a little extra writing help. Here’s how to offer it without raising any ethical questions.

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When they were willing to be trained, however, I prepared them to avoid embarrassment with 100 percent success. OK, maybe 99 percent. They are human and sometimes they need help.

For me, ghost writing or blogging typically falls into this category

Abstract questions like whether ghostwriting is ethical is an intrinsically flawed premise. Inflexible ideas can easily be taken to their extreme, logical conclusion and become just absurd. An absolute approach frequently ends up hurting more people than it helps.

The merits of using a ghostwriter for your blog depend on the circumstances and your judgment. It is easy to imagine scenarios where ghost blogging is deeply misguided or unethical, but that is not the case in most situations.

What would the president do?

Are you a bad person if you use a ghostwriter?

I normally don’t look to politicians for ethical advice, but this is a good exception.

When a U.S. president needs to address the public, someone else typically writes his remarks. Anyone smarter than your average bear knows there are dedicated speechwriters in the West Wing.

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