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…

If ethics is not a priority, why should someone work for you?

  I have been suggesting to job seekers that one of the first things to ask a prospective employer is for their code of ethics. If they can’t produce one, think twice about any possible job offer. Why? Because if a company can’ tell you what their values are, how they are implemented, how ongoing…

How prevalent is “Us and Them” ethics model ?

I had a 3 hour afternoon ethical leadership program booked for a company in New York, so I arrive early in the day to meet, greet and spend time on a tour of the corporate headquarters. I met with a middle level manager who was my contact and she took me for a tour of,…

Transparency is the best policy and good ethics too!

After much reflection on working with a client on transparency as a focal point of their value statement, I have come to this understanding of transparency, particularly as it relates to ethics. 1. There are people smarter than us out there so don’t underestimate them. – How much and how long can a person “hide”…

Leaders have got to get this straight or else!

  In the book, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, by Tom Morris, there was a profound quote about business. Tom Morris wrote: “Business is a partnership of people creating, in many ways, a better life for others as well as ourselves.” The key word in this definition for my business and I dare say yours,…

Leaders are suppose to ensure ethical behavior, right?

  Training Time for Senior Leaders and Boards of Directors is on the Decline: (NAVEX GLOBAL recent ethics and Compliance study) “While respondents reported that annual training time for non-management employees rose by about 60 minutes from last year(to 7.1 hours) and training times for middle managers stayed about the same (at 6.5 hours), senior…

Unintended consequences: excuses or justifications?

  I read an ethics article this week and the term “unintended consequences” was used in regards to being a result of decision making. This concept intrigued me to think further on it. If something is an “unintended consequence” of a decision, does it make any less important or vital? Was it unintended because one…

Moral hypocrisy: a serious issue?

“Moral hypocrisy is when one’s evaluations of their own moral transgressions differ substantially from their evaluations of the same transgressions committed my others.” Ann Tenbrunsel and Max Bazerman This a case of don’t do as I do, but do as I say. I love the concept of moral hypocrisy, and yet it seems so prevalent.…

People listen with their eyes so, what are they hearing?

  1. What are the areas of acceptability? • Leaders need to be clear what is acceptable, what is not acceptable and why in dealing with protocols, attitudes, approaches, and processes. 2. Where do we need to clarify our mission and values, to make it clear that we are an ethical organization, and ethics are…

So how will you take your ethical culture to the next level?

What does all that has gone on with the leadership of FIFA, of Military generals, Congressmen resigning over ethics issues,to name a few, have to say about the leadership training all received? Who/What provides the “checks and balances?” How about taking the time to do an “ethics check” to help pinpoint some of issues that…