Michael Vick is sentenced to 23 months in prison for dog fighting. Most recently, we see that Vick’s finanical losses are estimated around $142 million due to this dog fighting conviction. (Chicago Tribune, 12/11/07 )
Here’s another example of the “Price to Pay factor,” for unethical and illegal activity. However, the “PTP” is not just prison, what about his football career?endorsements? reputation? effects on his family? The price to pay is not just an immediate and one time consequence of one’s behavior, the price will continue to be paid long after the action that caused the problem. It’s easy to reflect on all this now and more difficult to think about the PTP factor while you’re in the middle of the sketchy situation.
The NFL is not the only organization that consistently plagues media headlines with stories about members/employees who make poor and unethical decisions. What is the answer? Do we need more training, education, resources? Or is it as simple as saying that the skill of good decision making is something you either have or you don’t?
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!