Ethics Culture

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…

Four Great Sounding Values That Can Ruin Your Business

I spend a lot of my time helping companies redefine what their core values are. The goal? To be able to use their values statement much more effectively to drive a culture of ethics, compliance, and accountability. Perhaps not surprisingly, this process also drives better leadership, better management, and better customer service. After all, when 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…

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…

Three Reasons You’re Accountable For Your Employees’ Accountability

Since my business is helping organizations create and maintain cultures of ethics, compliance, and accountability, it’s no surprise that I spend a lot of time in front of managers and executives, as well as leaders-in-training. One of the concerns/complaints I hear time and time again is, “I just can’t get my employees to do what Read more…