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…

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…

Is there a moral gauge for leaders?

Socrates and Plato, both taught that knowledge and virtue are one in these ways: • If one knows what is right, then one will do what is right. • Virtue is a kind of knowledge in that they are deeply ingrained habits that guide one’s action. • The goal of the moral life is to…