“True education only happens when learning links up to peoples’ experience.”

I embraced this statement as a teacher many years ago and still embrace it as a speaker and educator. My question is which do you do more of Training or Educating? They are not the same, right? Training focuses on instruction, preparation, schooling, etc. Education focuses on learning, tutoring, coaching, a process by which a…

How can you improve your ethics training in 2016?

Here’s a check list to help you evaluate how your ethics training has gone this year to help you plan your ethics training and values based leadership development in 2016. Consider these 10 questions as part of your annual ethics training evaluation. 1. Is there ethics training for employees on all levels? 2. How is…

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…

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…

The ROI on your compliance and ethics training would be …………

difficult to ascertain. Why? Because no matter the type, the format, the theories, the law, its interpretation, etc. it’s all about decreasing the odds of something happening, with no guarantees. All the compliance training a company provides, can’t guarantee obedience , proper behavior or full understanding of all that is law. It’s all about odds.…

“When you’re in the business world, being ethical is harder than you think!”

So says Andrew Fastow, convicted of securities fraud for Enron in his interview “Companies still bending finance rules, published Nov.6,2015 in the BBC business news. He goes on to say: “I didn’t necessary start out to commit fraud or do harm and didn’t think it could come to do that on just a grand scale.…

Knowledge or Wisdom: On which is your ethics training based?

  Knowledge is everywhere, books, Internet, etc. However, when training is solely based on knowledge it becomes bland, i.e. tends to lose its focus, can be boring, perceived as non essential, time killer, etc. What then has to happen? First, one must understand the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is the stuff and wisdom…

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…

“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…

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…