Well, last week it was Wells Fargo, who will it be this week?

  Wells Fargo was last week’s example of failed leadership and the lack of a moral compass. $185 million in fines and 5300 people fired. Whose responsibility was the oversight? This type of behavior will continue to happen  unless companies  stop “putting a bandaid approach to an artery problem.” Should companies work on finding ways…

Trained in compliance and educated in ethics; Where is the meeting point?

  In a recent article by Roy  Snell titled:  I’ll take 10,000 Shares of Compliance and Ethics Officers Please.” He reports that “Compliance professionals are being hired in droves now to prevent, find and fix ethical and regulatory problems.” We know that training in compliance is a rigorous, detailed process. However is ethics approached in…

The lesser of two evils is always………………..

Why is it that this phrase is the modus operandi for so many people when making serious and important decisions? Why is it that people settle for the lesser of two evils? Is the lesser of two evils  an ethical decision? It seems that we have been conditioned to choose based on who or what…

Transfer or Transformation: What is the focus of your compliance training? Part 2

Let’s look at this unique and important difference a little deeper. Keeping in mind the definition of transformation being Transformation is the complete change into something with an improved usefulness how does this happen and is it something you want your people to embrace. To transfer is to teach knowledge and leave it at that.…

Transfer or transformation: What is the focus of your compliance training? Part 1

  I re-read Roy Snell’s article titled Compliance Officer’s Nine Lives. He commented that compliance officers must master some elements of 9 professions to be successful. They are Legal, Ethics, Risk, Audit, Investigations, Education, Organizational Development, Operations, and Communications. He goes on to say that the reason compliance programs are successful, is because compliance professionals…

The lack of moral courage in leaders!

  In the recent article by Joe Thornell titled: 21st Century Leadership requires Moral Courage, the author states: “Moral Courage is in great demand today from our leaders”, and he identifies three elements of moral courage: 1.Strong, unwavering Core values that are in 100% compliance with the values of the organization. Accountability which seems to…

What is it that you “brand?”

Is it a product or service, a mission statement, a code of conduct or ???? What needs to be the focus of branding is reputation. In reality, what else can one brand? If there isn’t a good reputation, what do you brand? A reputation is an emotional bond with a customer, vendor or supplier, etc.…

What is the purpose of your leadership training….. Wisdom or Knowledge?

    Is your focus on leadership/ethics training on knowledge or wisdom? There is a difference. This difference can be described as knowledge is the “stuff” and wisdom is what you do with it! “Stuff” is everywhere, i.e. Social media, books, the internet, news, etc. but where is the process of what to do with…

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…