How many times have people tried to solve their problems with general solutions? To what end? A quick but not realistic solution?
When scandals in the banking, automotive, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries make news, what are their solutions? Can there be a true solution without holding those who caused the issues accountable for the decision? Companies do not cause ethical issues; they are caused by people who work in those companies. Dealing with those people needs to be a non-negotiable solution to that particular problems. Fines, settling out of court, punishing those who revealed the issue, etc., should not be acceptable “solutions.” to these individual issues.
General solutions are a bandaid approach to an artery problem. It may stop the blood flow for awhile, but it won’t resolve the issue long term. Specific issues require specific solutions, not general solutions that “water down” the issues and its importance to be resolved.
There can be no general solutions to ethics issues. This may not be true, however, of compliance issues. To create general solutions to ethics issues is to demean the issue itself as not important enough to recognize the importance of solving the issue or it as a priority.
The reality is that in any area of life, there really can’t be general solutions to a specific problem. That being said, what and how are we doing to stop this “escape of dealing with the problem?”
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!