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…

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…

Don’t let your ethics training take a vacation!

Now that summer is upon us and vacations are being planned is no reason to postpone any ethics/leadership training. Those tempted to do something wrong will not take the summer off, so why should we?? Being proactive in ethics and values based leadership programming is a year round process. What would it say to your…

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…

Moral credibility: The elusive leadership trait.

  How does one develop moral credibility? How is it manifested on the job? It’s like how does one display sincerity? What are the signs of being sincere? Moral credibility needs to reflect the qualities of character, trust, empowerment, positive self esteem and of course, ethics Moral credibility is the sum total of one’s consistent…

Trust is everything for without it you have nothing!

Is it just me, or is trust “taking a hit” lately? How about politics? Do you feel totally confident about the accuracy of information circulated by political candidates? What about consumer products? Do you ever question the safety or effectiveness of a product, even if backed by a big name brand? How about your healthcare…