Reporting an ethical violation should be a positive experience!

  Research has shown that the vast majority of companies’ ethics hotlines are not utilized effectively by employees due to fear of retaliation. Why is that? What is the process of following up with a complaint? What scares one’s people from doing so? When it comes right down to it, shouldn’t organizations want its people…

Do leaders lose their way or choose a different path?

  This past week the article, Why Leaders Lose their Way by Bill George crossed my desk and caused me to reflect more deeply on the concept of values-based leadership among his three reasons. Bill George wrote: “Leaders need to devote themselves to personal development that cultivates their inner compass or True North. This requires…

Is your ethics training proactive or reactive?

  I believe that ethics can only be proactive. There is no such thing as reactive ethics.  Reactive ethics really compliance, and compliance, by the very word,  is truly a reactive dynamic. To embrace ethics as proactive, please consider these reflections as a foundation for ethics training. Ethics needs to focus on action and not…

Ethics in conflict: what will you do?

An ethical dilemma is a conflict situation in which what’s “right” isn’t always clear cut or obvious. Therefore here’s a process to consider in resolving an ethical dilemma. 1. The leader attempts to clarify any ambiguous facts in the dilemma. 2. The leader encourages a broad reaction to the dilemma by asking open –ended questions…