Talking About Ethics Across Cultures

Harvard Business

A few years ago, I was teaching a two-day program about ethics in India for entrepreneurs and business faculty who taught entrepreneurship. It was a program that I had spent years honing, building upon research that suggests rehearsing — pre-scripting, practicing voice, and peer coaching — is an effective way to build the moral muscle memory, competence, confidence, and habit to act ethically. Ethics. Creating an Ethical Workplace. Ethics. Ethics.

How Leaders Can Create an Ethical Organization

Gina Abudi

Leaders in the organization need to enable for an ethical culture in the organization. Enabling for ethical organizational culture is more than just simply saying ethics are important. There are a number of practices that organizations can put in place in order to create an ethical organizational culture. Leaders must model appropriate ethical behavior [.]. The post How Leaders Can Create an Ethical Organization appeared first on Gina Abudi.

Ethics and Good Business

Martinka Consulting

This is what happens when you create the right culture.). My clients question to me was, if and after he hired her, is it was ethical to go after her customers? If she goes and badmouths her previous employer it’s wrong, it won’t impress her customers, and it could damage his culture. The post Ethics and Good Business appeared first on Martinka Consulting.

Ethical Leadership: A new kind of poverty?

Peter Stark

Every day we are bombarded with news about decisions made by leaders that cause us to question their integrity and ethics. We are facing a new kind of poverty – ethical leadership. Organizations and their cultures are, therefore, shaped by the values and ethics of their leaders.

Are CEOs Less Ethical Than in the Past?

Strategy+Business

This year's CEO Success study shows that boards of directors, institutional investors, governments, and the media are holding chief executive officers to a far higher level of accountability for corporate fraud and ethical lapses than in the past.

Why Ethical People Make Unethical Choices

Harvard Business

Most companies have ethics and compliance policies that get reviewed and signed annually by all employees. “Employees are charged with conducting their business affairs in accordance with the highest ethical standards,” reads one such example. Clearly it takes more than a compliance policy or Values Statement to sustain a truly ethical workplace. Corporate ethical failures have become painfully common, and they aren’t cheap.

6 Traits That Predict Ethical Behavior at Work

Harvard Business

Trust and openness are crucial elements of an ethical organizational culture. Only when employees are able to voice the problems they see can ethical lapses be discussed and resolved. A first step in building this kind of culture involves a hiring approach in which companies actively seek those individuals inclined to speak up when ethical challenges surface. A morally attentive person will see ethical issues where others may see none.

What You Can Do to Improve Ethics at Your Company

Harvard Business

It’s hard for good, ethical people to imagine how these meltdowns could possibly happen. many of us face an endless stream of ethical dilemmas at work. We were surprised that 30 leaders in the study recalled a total of 87 “major” ethical dilemmas from their career histories. Another surprise was how few of the incidents were caused by bribery, corruption, or anti-competition issues (only 16% of all ethical dilemmas mentioned). Ethics. Ethics.

Competitive or Collaborative Culture – Which is Better?

LSA Global

Competitive or Collaborative Culture in the Workplace. As a leader, how do you know when a competitive or collaborative culture is better? The Benefits of a Competitive Workplace Culture. The Downside of Competitive Workplace Cultures. Blog High Performance Culture

Corporate Ethics Can’t Be Reduced to Compliance

Harvard Business

However, one of the more unsettling and unintended consequences of a singular focus on ethics-as-compliance is a checkbox mentality that gives the illusion of reducing risk without really doing so. So what can a company do to excel ethically? When was our culture at its best?

5 Signs Your Organization Might Be Headed for an Ethics Scandal

Harvard Business

Corporations often approach ethics as an individual problem, designing oversight systems to identify the “bad apples” before they can turn the organization into a “rotten barrel.” Bad apple explanations also fail to explain the string of ethical crises at Uber, the long-term impunity of powerful men who sexually harass colleagues, or any of the other ethics scandals we’ve seen this year. Ethics Digital ArticleVince Streano/Getty Images.

4 Ways Lying Becomes the Norm at a Company

Harvard Business

Ethics Leadership Organizational culture Digital ArticleBased on a 15-year study of more than 200 organizations.

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How a Bad Company Culture Impacts Business Results

LSA Global

Bad Company Culture Definition. We define company culture as the way things actually get done in an organization. Good or Bad Company Culture Definition. Cultures can be either good or bad for your workforce and aligned or unaligned with your strategy.

Is Your Company as Ethical as It Seems?

Harvard Business

The onus for ethical behavior falls first to the employee. But it’s also the responsibility of the company to cultivate a culture that shuns corner-cutting and prevents it from accumulating into major scandals, ones that damage the credibility of the business, endanger jobs, and threaten the entire enterprise. Most companies talk a good ethics game and even make their goals public. Take the culture that seems to have bred corner-cutting at Volkswagen.

6 Ways to Support Your Desired Culture

LSA Global

Support Your Desired Culture. More leaders are looking for ways support their desired culture in the wake of the recent high profile cultural derailments of companies like VW, Wells Fargo, Uber and the Veteran’s Administration. What Happened Culturally?

Why It’s So Hard to Train Someone to Make an Ethical Decision

Harvard Business

One of the conundrums of ethical decision making is that many moral decisions that are quite straightforward — even easy — to resolve in a classroom or during training exercises seem far more difficult to successfully resolve when confronted during actual day-to-day decision making. There are three obstacles that make ethical decisions in the workplace different and more difficult than in training simulations. Ethics Decision making Transparency Digital Article

Advisory Board Company Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

You’ll have to read on to hear our opinion (see Culture section in particular). THE ADVISORY BOARD COMPANY CULTURE. THE ADVISORY BOARD COMPANY. Today we continue our firm profile series with an in-depth review of The Advisory Board Company.

Different Cultures See Deadlines Differently

Harvard Business

We all have the tendency to look at other cultures through the lens of our own. In my experience working and teaching across cultures, I’ve noticed one important area where this frequently causes conflicts: deadlines. Other cultures perceive time as cyclical and endless.

CEOs Are Getting Fired for Ethical Lapses More Than They Used To

Harvard Business

From 2007-2011, forced turnovers due to ethical lapses were 3.9% On a regional basis, the share of all successions attributable to ethical lapses rose most sharply in the U.S. We see five reasons for the rise of ethics-based dismissals. Third, more companies are pursuing growth in emerging markets in which ethical risks are heightened due to higher levels of corruption and less mature governance structures. Ethics Digital Article

IMS Consulting Group (IMS Health) Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

IMS HEALTH INTERVIEWS & CULTURE . IMS CONSULTING GROUP CULTURE . Today we continue our firm profile series with an in-depth review of IMS Health.

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Psst! Your Corporate Culture is Showing – 5 Clues to Watch

Joellyn Sargent

Corporate culture is critical to customer relationships. Whether it’s healthy or not, your corporate culture shows. You might also be overlooking a key source of concern: an ailing corporate culture. Executives often dismiss culture as the “feel good” domain of HR professionals, which is a big mistake. Here are five ways your corporate culture influences business success: 1. Ethics are contagious.

Success at the Cost of Corporate Culture Does Not Work

LSA Global

Uber is a prime example of an initially phenomenal business success that may soon implode as a result of its failed corporate culture that appears not only unhealthy, but also unaligned with its overall business strategy. It appears to be due to Uber’s poisonous organizational culture.

The Economics of Why Companies Don’t Fix Their Toxic Cultures

Harvard Business

Over the last decade, industries, academics, and the public sector have turned their focus toward culture and ethics in response to the financial crisis as well as misconduct at a broad range of corporations. But what role does culture play in corporate misconduct, and why do these problematic cultures persist? In my view, bank supervision must include attention to the culture at financial firms, not just to their financial safety and soundness.

The Business Case for Diversity Is Clear … as Mud

Steve Tobak

Business Consulting Culture Ethics Innovation Leadership Management Political CorrectnessI was intrigued by an article in yesterday’s Harvard Business Review entitled “What 11 CEOs Have Learned About Championing Diversity.” The author is Stefanie Johnson, a biz school prof who studies the intersection of leadership and diversity and the effect of unconscious bias on evaluations. The piece starts with a[.] Read On.

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The Unethical Nature of Ethics Training - Henman Performance

Henman Performance Executive Blog

The Unethical Nature of Ethics Training. In the case of the Secret Service ethics training, I’d like the job of designing the program. Years ago when I taught at Washington University in their Leadership in Technology graduate program, I mentioned to some senior Boeing IT professionals that I thought ethics training was a waste of time and money since you can’t really teach integrity; you can only explain protocols, procedures, and consequences. About Linda. Client List.

When Competition Between Coworkers Leads to Unethical Behavior

Harvard Business

At the same time, the need to win can blind us to ethical considerations. We asked 164 MBA students to (1) read a hypothetical scenario about an investment banker, Sam, who faced an ethical dilemma and (2) estimate the likelihood that he would indulge in unethical behavior.

Are you on the edge…or over a ledge?

Joellyn Sargent

The debate about ethics in business isn’t new. We’re moral ethical, upstanding citizens. Our culture celebrates those who live on the edge, people who push the envelope, working hard to get ahead, finding ways to work around obstacles and overcome challenges.

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Your Corporate Purpose Will Ring Hollow If the Company’s Actions Don’t Back It Up

Harvard Business

Cultures like this come from the top. You can imagine the optics if any of these organizations were to begin a discussion of “purpose” with their staff, while the existing transactional culture pervades. Public relations Executive compensation Ethics Digital Article

How Men Get Penalized for Straying from Masculine Norms

Harvard Business

Organizations have a stake in ensuring that men aren’t penalized for these behaviors — which not only help men’s own and their team’s performance, but also create a culture that supports gender equality. Gender Psychology Ethics Digital Article

We Shouldn’t Always Need a “Business Case” to Do the Right Thing

Harvard Business

I’ve been a consultant for almost 20 years, advising companies on complex challenges in ethics, risk, and responsibility. Each year several clients raise the same issue: the need to get buy-in from a skeptical senior executive in order to demonstrate a concrete benefit that will follow a proposed investment in an ethical business initiative or function. The problem is that our obsession with making the business case for ethics makes us sound apologetic and hollow.

How Companies Can Take a Stand Against Bribery

Harvard Business

External standards can also be a powerful tool in support of those efforts, helping companies strengthen ethics and compliance practices by offering a clear framework for action. And consumers are placing a higher and higher value on whether a company has ethical practices, too.

Urban Meyer, Ohio State Football, and How Leaders Ignore Unethical Behavior

Harvard Business

Reading the report with that lens can help leaders better understand the biases that get in the way of ethical conduct and ethical organizations. Researchers call this “moral hypocrisy” and have demonstrated the great lengths people will go to in order to be seen as ethical.

Teaching an Algorithm to Understand Right and Wrong

Harvard Business

In his Nicomachean Ethics , Aristotle states that it is a fact that “all knowledge and every pursuit aims at some good,” but then continues, “What then do we mean by the good?” ” That, in essence, encapsulates the ethical dilemma. ” Unraveling Ethical Dilemmas. The rise of artificial intelligence is forcing us to take abstract ethical dilemmas much more seriously because we need to code in moral principles concretely.

Why We’re Seeing So Many Corporate Scandals

Harvard Business

They learn that organizational failures result from rigid reporting lines, “one right way” problem-solving, cultures that shoot – or specify unreasonable standards for – the messenger, and restrictive communications protocols. The reasons behind this vary by organization, but they are often rooted in the cultures that the ease and openness of information sharing have spawned. Have we created collaborative, learning-focused cultures?

Research: Whistleblowers Are a Sign of Healthy Companies

Harvard Business

Our research provides strong evidence that neither of these assertions are true: high usage is more often a sign of a healthy culture of open communication between employees and management than a harbinger of real trouble. Ethics Transparency Auditing Digital ArticleBarbara Chase/Getty Images.

Managers Aren’t Doing Enough to Encourage Whistleblowing

Harvard Business

Some employees even claimed that they were fired for calling the internal ethics hotline. These claims raise important questions that every major company needs to ask: Are employees aware of our ethical standards and the laws surrounding our business? Companies communicate very little about the process they follow to investigate calls to their internal ethics lines. Is there a specific time frame for investigating ethics complaints from employees?

Research: How One Bad Employee Can Corrupt a Whole Team

Harvard Business

By under-appreciating these spillover effects, a few malignant employees can infect an otherwise healthy corporate culture. More generally, understanding why co-workers behave in similar ways has important implications for understanding how corporate culture arises and how managers can shape it. Ethics Digital Articleandrew nguyen/HBR Staff. One bad apple, the saying goes, can ruin the bunch. So, too, with employees.

The Leadership Blind Spots at Wells Fargo

Harvard Business

The post-scandal scrutiny of Wells Fargo’s culture has so far focused on the high-pressure sales environment that drove employees to create as many as two million fake accounts. Former employees have alleged a “soul-crushing” culture of fear and daily intimidation by managers, where they were pressured to reach extreme sales goals, some by breaking the law. Senior leaders were so focused on financial impact that they couldn’t see the ethical damage.

If Your Boss Has a Lot of Integrity, You May Be More Likely to Compromise Yours

Harvard Business

A recent merger has shifted the organization’s culture from one that values collaboration as a way of achieving high performance to one that encourages intense competition. His religious and cultural values contrast sharply with many of the values held by the majority of his colleagues and superiors in his organization. Ethics Managing people Digital Article

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Wells Fargo and the Slippery Slope of Sales Incentives

Harvard Business

The culture in such sales forces may be sales-oriented and even competitive, yet salespeople still behave ethically and remain focused on meeting customers’ needs. Large-scale unethical sales practices often begin with minor ethical compromises. To prevent that, the sales culture has to stop the first level of compromise, because the slippery slope begins there. This individual can build a new culture based on appropriate values and the right workstyle.

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