Four “myths” of the culture that challenge our ethics!

                       Over the years, speaking and training with many clients and doing substantial research, I have come to identify four overwhelming “myths” of our culture that are touted as values. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but is meant to start the conversation about what else may need to be added.…

What about moral hypocrisy in business?

                                “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 Is this a case of don’t do as I do, but do as I say? I love the concept of moral hypocrisy, and yet too…

A code of ethics will not solve all your ethics problems……

“but we must remember that good laws, if they are obeyed, do not constitute good government. Hence there are two parts of good government: one is the actual obedience of citizens to the laws, the other part is the goodness of the laws which they obey…”(Aristotle Politics 1294a-6). Therefore, what really are the reasons to…

Ethics today, is not so much about right vs. wrong,

                              but more about what’s right vs. right! The most difficult decision to make is in which there are two values that you deeply believe that are in conflict with each other. Think about this. What is right vs. wrong is pretty obvious. If it is not obvious, you have more work to do that…

Why does being ethical cause so much pain?

                          I recently received a heart wrenching response to a recent  ethics post of mine to my Linkedin in groups. Thought I’d share a few of excerpts of this response for your ethical reflection. “I was a whistleblower up against one of the biggest sharks out there. I’m still in the process of writing a…

Compliance: How seriously is it being taken?

In the recent study released last week, titled: In Focus: Compliance Trends Survey 2013 from Deloitte and Compliance Week, there were some interesting findings. For example: • 62% outsource ethics hotline operations. • 32% outsource training. • 18% outsource investigations. My question is, when, how and why are all these outsourced processes brought back “in…

Having a Moral Compass

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How can you identify leaders with a sense of a moral compass?

        When we read a newspaper, watch the TV, there isn’t a day that goes by that there isn’t a report of some leader, in some organization, who is charged with fraud, cheating, lying, etc. Why is that? For me, it’s rather simple. If leaders don’t have a developed moral compass, nothing else really…

Values, Virtues and Leadership

Values, Virtues and Leadership business-leadership In these challenging times for many businesses, leaders need to periodically take a step back and spend time in reflection as to what their real influence is in their respective workplaces. Take time at the beginning and at the end of each day to ponder on how well you’ve done…