Have you ever asked yourself that question when faced with something that just does not seem right? Well, in Illinois, my home state, we recently had an opportunity to see a hospital executive’s response to that question.
According to a report on ABC7 Chicago by Chuck Goudie, hospital CEO Pam Davis (Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL) was approached in an alleged state shakedown regarding a construction company and the hospital’s expansion plan. “I felt that there was something very, very wrong and it was right at that moment that I made the decision I should call the FBI.”
She agreed to record conversations for further investigation… arrests were made, and this is one of the investigations creating problems for the impeached Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich. Pam Davis was featured as “Person of the Week” on ABC’s World News on Friday, January 9, 2009.
We cannot know if the outcome of our decisions will be positive or negative.
For the majority of us, our response to, “What difference would it make?” won’t be paraded out before a national audience. I suspect however, that with people of integrity, the guiding motivator is really the audience of one…our self. And that fact alone motivates us to do the right thing!
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!