When compliance is complicit!…

  On July 1,2014, in the Risk and Compliance Journal, there was an article on the BNPE Bank scandal. Below is a short excerpt. “BNP Paribas SA prodded, sidelined and co-opted its compliance staff as the bank broke U.S. sanctions and hid massive Iran, Sudan and Cuba transactions from U.S. authorities, according to the bank’s […]

Don’t you really train your people to be ”whistleblowers?”

There has been much written and commented on about whistleblowers, lawsuits, etc that I’m just a little confused. When a leader trains one’s employees in ethics and values, doesn’t the leader then expect his/her people to embody those values in thought and behavior? Yet when something that is questionable happens, and no leader is listens […]

The “Just do it” ethics process.

I was in a workshop recently when I learned about a General in the US Army that got tired of his people always coming to him for a final decision on almost everything. He came up with four questions to answer when each is faced with a decision. Each person need to ask and answer […]

Why do people try to “justify” their behavior?

I’m always amazed at what lengths some people go, to “justify” their behavior even though they know deep down inside that it was wrong or questionable at best. Why? Do they really think that what they did was o.k. or appropriate? People are trying to “get away” with something by rationalizing why they made that […]

Power, Leadership and Ethics, Oh My!!

Power is an interesting concept in that: The more you have, the more you want; It’s addictive in that if I can make you do something once, I’ll make you do it again. The wrong type of power can distort, cheapen and destroy morale, productivity and ethics! There are two types of power for leaders […]

What is it about the human condition that fosters unethical behavior?

There has been $6.7 billion in improper Medicare payments, Banks have been fined billions of $ for fraud, etc., Cheating seems to be a norm in schools and business. The California Realtor Association is now publishing the names and photos of those realtors who have broken the association’s code of ethics and who knows what […]

Update your ethics training this summer by…………………….

Update your ethics training this summer by……………………. 1. Emphasizing the moral dilemmas that your people face everyday. The more practical the approach, the better people learn ! 2. Focus on the “how” and “why” people were caught for real life examples. Real life examples are the best teaching tool for application of thinking morally/ethically. 3. […]

Is your ethics training a band aid approach to an artery problem : Part II

Think about this. You use a band aid for a scratch or a minor cut as the “wound” is not that serious and eventually you remove the band aid and all is well. No skills, No training in putting on a band aid, i.e. no real techniques and only minimal knowledge are needed. Anyone can […]

Basic ethical business assumptions should include……….

  1. Business can be or is, inherently good, ethically speaking. What makes it “good”? Maybe it is in inherently believing that that the service or product one provides is for benefit of those who purchase it and not solely a profit motivation? This would need leaders who actually are ethical in word and deed […]

So which comes first your Brand or your Reputation?

I’ve been thinking about this from an ethics perspective. So my question is , what would you Brand if not your Reputation? Reputation will take longer to build than produce a service or product, yet how can you brand something, that isn’t directly based on one’s reputation? What is reputation? Isn’t it an emotional bond […]