Ethics Commentary

What Bernie Sanders Knows About Leadership, Ethics and Compliance (But Forgot To Mention)

Regardless of what you think of this year’s crop of U.S. presidential candidates – and please, please, please know this isn’t a political post – the campaign has already been an interesting romp through the entire range of the ethics of fair and reasonable campaigning. I’ll save any critique of all that for another day, Read more…

What Have We Actually Learned From The Volkswagen Scandal?

There is no question that the recent discovery of Volkswagen’s widespread and sustained subversion of accurate emissions testing on their diesel cars qualifies it in spades as the ‘scandal du jour’. Since the scandal’s disclosure, I have been honored to have been asked repeatedly to weigh in with my thoughts about it but have been Read more…

Three Reasons Your Ethics Code Probably Stinks and Three Ways To Fix It

Without even seeing it, I’ll bet your ethics code stinks. It’s a harsh assertion but strong odds are in my favor. Why? Because so many of the codes I’ve read – and I read a lot of them in my line of work – can be categorized into one of three impressively unhelpful types: 1. Read more…

Ethics and Compliance Awareness: Confessions Of A Very Part-Time Storyteller

I’m known, at least in part, as ‘the guy who makes ethics and compliance programs fun and funny’. It’s true – I bring a little humor to most of my programs and a lot of audience engagement to every one of them. So maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. But I am. Here’s what happens several Read more…

250,000 Reasons To Up Your Ethics, Compliance and Accountability Game

“We’re just not that kind of company.” I hear it all the time. “That would never happen here.” “We don’t have those kinds of people.” What is the question to which those are the all-too-frequent answers? “Are there really any significant bottom-line risks faced by a lack of attention to ethics, compliance, and accountability?” What Read more…