“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
Is this a case of don’t do as I do, but do as I say? I love the concept of moral hypocrisy, and yet too bad it is so prevalent. Why is it that one doesn’t recognize this type of attitude? It can’t be ignorance. Is it a conscious choice or an unintentional lapse of judgment?
Is it a case of one’s actions preceding a thoughtful consideration of consequences or is this a premeditated choice?
Underlying all these questions, is a more serious issue .The issue, for me, is the attitude of leaders that business is a game and therefore ethics and morality have no significant place or role in the game. It seems that as long that there is significantly more money coming in, than there is going out, all can be made well. For example, I wonder how, many billions, certain prominent banks have made ,that billions can be paid out in fines without any one being held accountable for the behaviors that caused these fines? What if branch managers of this bank caused serious legal issues, would they still work there?
So does this “game” need to be changed or the ones are the ones who are playing it? This is the moral question!
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!