Fraud, power, deceit, Oh my!

  I went to see the new movie, The Big Short, this weekend and what a profound movie! This movie focuses on the background to the housing bubble based on subprime mortgages and who knew what, when, why and what these men did about it.Ethics was lacking! Some of the great comments in this movie…

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How to make the “right” decision?

  When we’re faced with those ambiguous choices where the “right” path is unclear or will produce some painful consequences, where do we turn? If our company has a code of conduct or mission statement, we can look at that and ask, “If I am living up to this credo, what will I do?” But…

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What happened to Conscience?

“I believe that every large institution, whether it’s company, a government or a university needs to have a conscience. The conscience won’t have the answer to every question, but the conscience is a voice that needs to be heard.” Brad Smith of Microsoft. Why is it, that the concept of conscience is rarely referenced or…

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Ethics, “ripples” and price to pay!

Over the years as an ethics expert and speaker, I have tried to find an analogy that would help my clients understand the importance of discernment before making those tough decisions. It was while watching some kids throw rocks in a pond that I finally came to this realization and example. Decision making is like…

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“Ethical Fading”? Where did that come from?

  In the newly released study:” Lying to ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession”, It is reported that “ethical fading” is the reason for this. Ethical fading??? What next? Ethical fading is defined in this study as: “Ethical fading occurs when the moral aspects of an ethical decision are overlooked. Ethical fading allows us to…

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Ethics training: What’s the ROI-part 2

  Part 2 has to deal with the ROI, return on investment. I have found very few organizations that use the term “investment” with any type of ethics training. For most, ethics training is a cost, a line item. When the term “cost” is used, one needs to think about the motivation and reason of…

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Ethics training: what’s the ROI!: Part 1

Ethics training is not just a nicety that looks good to everyone else! It’s a necessity if you want to decrease the odds of ethical problems before they become a potentially expensive legal problem, a public relations nightmare or a trauma to employee morale. How much would you invest to preserve your company’s reputation, growth…

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