According to the AP (http://www.associatedpress.com/) New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer, announced his resignation today in the midst of his alleged involvement in a prostitution scandal.
Once deemed the ‘Sheriff of Wall Street’, Spitzer seemed to be living with a massive disconnect from his personal life and professional obligations. My January newsletter, “The Ethics Update” ( http://www.frankbucaro.com/ ) featured an article proposing the easiest way to establish credibility is simply to align your actions with your words. Looks like I was two months ahead of the game!
Spitzer is such an obvious example of how this disconnects completely ruins careers, families, and organizations not to mention the loss of public trust and increasing apathy towards the ‘political machine’ he helped to advance.
How does someone explain this blatant hypocrisy? And at this point, does an actual explanation really matter? Whether it’s the stress of one’s job, a power issue, feeling above the law, or living a double life, the point is now moot, isn’t it?
How does a person rationalize that what you prosecute and target, is the same behavior that you embraces in your private life? You can’t…if credibility means anything to you (or your family)!
Like you, business ethics and ethical leadership expert, Frank Bucaro has seen the challenges and problems of corporate leadership, particularly over the past few years in regards to poor decision-making, SEC violations, and record breaking financial settlements in a number of different industries.
With over two decades of executive training, speaking, writing and with real life experiences, his view and approach to ethics in the workplace is uniquely different. He emphasizes that ethics is a moment-to-moment choice and has little to do with position, titles, personalities or education. Ethics is everybody’s responsibility from the top down.
His goal is to help organizations to:
a. Strengthen their ethics training initiatives in order to significantly decrease the odds of an ethical/compliance violation.
b. Energize, train and motivate employees to understand the value of consistent “high road” behavior as a business advantage.
c. Support individuals and thereby the organization by contributing to its success by quality, ongoing values based leadership development.
Frank is known for his very practical, slightly irreverent, yet somewhat humorous approach to ethics and leadership development. His conversational style and real life stories connect with his audience in a personal, intense and practical level.
Companies such as Bayer Healthcare, BP, ReMax International, EnMax Energy, Danone, etc. have partnered with Frank when they want to proactively stress the message, tools, insights and practical applications that good ethics IS good for business!