“Education can make people moral……”

This is what Socrates is purported to have said. True? Let’s look at this statement a little closer. Can education make people moral, of course it can, but the question is how? I remember as a teacher being taught that “true education only happens when learning links up to people’s experience.” When this happens, people…

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Emotions and ethics really don’t mix!

How is it that people can 12-15 years of formal education and not have one class on emotional self control? For example, what’s temporary insanity in a court of law? It means someone let emotions control their behavior and now the court applies rational consequences for that behavior, as emotions out of control is no…

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Perception is everything, isn’t it?

  It has been said that perceptions determine attitudes and attitudes determine behavior. Assuming this is true, then if I perceive that you are unethical, you are! Perceptions are neither right nor wrong they just are, and yet they have a profound impact on our buying habits, personal/professional relationships, etc. For example, if you walk…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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