A Coach or a Consultant: Which do you need?

I heard an interesting distinction between a coach and a consultant. A coach is one that is hired to research and ask the right questions. A consultant is one that will lead you to the right answers. In my field of ethics, I don’t know of one ethics “coach.” Here’s why from my perspective. Leaders […]

What’s the ROI for Ethics Training?

A company could spend thousands on an ethics training program that has no affect on its employees. Especially in this challenging economy, people want to know, what is the ROI for an ethics training program? While the answer can be debatable, because how do you quantify the possible ethical infractions that DIDN’T happen? I certainly […]

“Line in the Sand” Ethics: What do you stand for?

The story of the Alamo is a powerful part of Texas history. In 1836, 189 men were” holed up” in an old adobe church against thousands of seasoned Mexican soldiers under General Santa Anna. The task of leading the Alamo defenders fell to Colonel William Barrett Travis. It is difficult to imagine the range of […]

Time for a Code of Ethics Check.

A number of companies have begun to embrace the reality that being ethical, and acting ethical are vital and integral to business success. Here are a few reflections for your consideration in planning your ethics training initiatives for 2015. Please remember that the focus of quality ethics training is to teach, model and reinforce the […]

Moral Leadership challenges that need to be addressed include……

an understanding that a culture is the shared values and beliefs of a group and needs to be the foundation of the how, the what and the why of being in business. With that in mind, leaders need a moral groundwork by which to function, empower and model those values beliefs for the common good. […]

How about this working definition of ethics?

Ethics is a tough decision with the payout at the end. An unethical decision is an easy one with the payout up front. Ethics as tough decision, requires a different approach to ethics training. Ethics training cannot be just a recitation of “standards”, theory, or a stagnant approach to the subject. Making a tough decision […]

The courageous leader needs to…..

understand that to be courageous, one must possess the ability to face difficulty, uncertainty or pain, without being overcome by fear or intimidated by consequences. Wow, that’s a mouthful and yet how many of this type of leader to you know or work for? My guess would be, not many, and why is that? How […]

When emotions get out of control, ethics takes a “hit,” doesn’t it?

  How is it that one can receive 15-18 years of formal education and not one course on emotional self control? When emotions get out of control, i.e. anger, jealousy, etc. , ethics, which has its foundation in logic, and reason, really takes a hit, a backseat, or not a consideration at all. Only when […]

When someone does something illegal or unethical do they…

make excuses or give a reason? I’m always intrigued by the wording and maybe the difference between these two words. If people make  excuses, does it mean that that they “knew” what was right or wrong in what they did, but they chose differently based on what? I believe that they rationalized “exceptions” to the […]

If Good Ethics is Good Business, What’s the Problem?

  It seems that media reports of companies being fined, or accusations of unethical or illegal behavior, are just about a daily feature in news reports. We may even find ourselves asking “how” and “why” this could still be happening with so many organizations focusing on “doing the right thing” and touting a strong ethical […]