Enough ethics?

Seth Godin Blog

But ethics? In fact, most companies strive to be just ethical enough. To get ethics to the point where no one is complaining, where poor ethics aren't harming their KPIs. Being more ethical was the most important KPI? Most companies seek to be more profitable.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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. Creating an Ethical Workplace.

Simple Ethics Rules for Better Risk Management

Harvard Business

But as more organizations fall prey to complex intangible risks, from unwanted disclosure due to rampant cyber threats to breaches of conduct driven by skewed incentive systems, the aperture of risk management is expanding from protecting the balance sheet to promoting ethical leadership and values-based decision making. Ethical lapses arise when people take risks but do not bear the downside of their risky behavior. Creating an Ethical Workplace.

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.

Praising Customers for Ethical Purchases Can Backfire

Harvard Business

In one study, participants viewed a short 40-second Starbucks commercial that either praised a customer for making an ethical purchase (it used phrasing such as: “Everything we do, you do. You buy more fair trade certified coffee than anyone else”) or praised the company for its ethical business practices (“Starbucks is the biggest buyer of fair trade coffee in the world”). Ethics Marketing Customers Digital Article

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.

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? Ethics Digital Article

Ethics and Good Business

Martinka Consulting

My clients question to me was, if and after he hired her, is it was ethical to go after her customers? The post Ethics and Good Business appeared first on Martinka Consulting. A client called me last week to discuss the following and keep in mind my recent post about how some firms don’t pay enough (good) attention to their people.

Ethics Allegations Will Hurt White House Staffers Even If They Turn Out to Be False

Harvard Business

In recent weeks, we have seen almost daily reports surface of potential ethical conflicts in the White House, whether it’s possible conflicts of interest between the Trump family’s business ties and government priorities or allegations of collusion between campaign allies and Russian intelligence. Unfortunately, the researchers who study this topic have a rather large “sample size”: Ethical stress is an alarmingly common scourge in organizations.

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

Is Your Company as Ethical as It Seems?

Harvard Business

The onus for ethical behavior falls first to the employee. Most companies talk a good ethics game and even make their goals public. Ethical behavior has to be led by example, and promoting people who ignore ethics when expedient for them tells everyone that the company wants results and it does not really care how they are obtained. A company could have a terrific ethics policy, but actions speak louder than words on paper. Picture this.

Does Doing the Same Work Over and Over Again Make You Less Ethical?

Harvard Business

Companies have tried many different ways to limit unethical behavior, from creating codes of conduct to implementing ethical training. ” We thought the latter might force employees to be more cognitively alert and deliberative, which could lead them to behave more ethically simply by avoiding automatic, self-interested decision making. Ethics Behavioral economics Digital ArticleOne of the many things managers worry about is employees breaking the rules.

Jessica Kennedy Takes On Ethics, Power, and Gender

Strategy+Business

Jessica Kennedy, an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, talks to strategy+business about the connection between unethical behavior and high rank, and between moral outrage and gender

Three Reasons Not to Measure Ethics

Henman Performance Executive Blog

Three Reasons Not to Measure Ethics is by Linda Henman. Many of my clients struggle to determine what they want to do about performance reviews. How often should they have them? How do we avoid the end-of-the-year post mortem? What happens if someone doesn’t turn in the form to HR?

Want More Ethical Employees? Give 'Em a Nudge

Strategy+Business

Nudges cost little and have a high success rate in the public policy realm, but can companies use them to transform workplace conduct

Business ethics, ripples and the work that matters

Seth Godin Blog

The happy theory of business ethics is this: do the right thing and you will also maximize your long-term profit. The unhappy theory of business ethics is this: you have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize profit. It comes down to this: only people can have ethics.

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

Ethics is a People Thing

Martinka Consulting

The post Ethics is a People Thing appeared first on Martinka Consulting. In the last year or so numerous tech companies, including Google, Yelp, Amazon, and LinkedIn have been accused of unethical actions. (I I was especially appalled by the Wall Street Journal’s report about how Yelp blackmailed small business owners by removing positive reviews if they didn’t advertise.). There’s a lot of criticism of corporations and what they do.

Three Reasons Not to Measure Ethics

Henman Performance Executive Blog

Ethics forms the foundation for everything that needs to happen in any organization, but it should not be on the list. Ethics should never appear to be a performance issues. Rather, ethical behavior should be a condition of employment. You can’t mentor ethics and shouldn’t try. You can’t measure ethics on a five-point scale because it implies variation of ethics would be acceptable. You either are or you aren’t ethical.

CEOs Who Began Their Careers During Booms Tend to Be Less Ethical

Harvard Business

Based on these previous findings, we wondered: Would CEOs who began their careers during boom times be less ethical? Our question stemmed from the idea that prosperous times are often linked to ethical missteps. Moreover, risk appetite, optimism, and overconfidence increase during booms, any of which can increase the likelihood of someone traversing ethical lines. Our work suggests that they may be more ethical, too. Ethics Generational issues Digital Article

Best Business Books 2011: Ethics and Aspirations

Strategy+Business

Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising Ethics

The Nonprofit Consultant

Today's blog post is in the form of a video. When should a nonprofit refuse a donation? When does an association with the wrong donor reflect poorly on your nonprofit's brand? Please watch the video (click on the big arrow on my nose to start it) and respond with your answers.

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.

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.

When Confronting a Biased Comment Can Increase Your Sense of Belonging at Work

Harvard Business

Difficult conversations Ethics Diversity Conflict Digital ArticleLeigh Wells/Getty Images. People hear biased comments all too often in their everyday workplace interactions. For example, a woman might be told that women generally lack aptitude for leadership or technical fields. Racial minorities might hear statements embodying negative stereotypes of their race. Right after hearing biased comments, people face a choice: do they confront the speaker or remain silent?

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12 Illustrations about Management Thinking

Strategy+Business

A look at the artwork from the recent pages of strategy+business, on themes including overcoming bias at work, competitiveness in the age of digitization, and the ethics of CEOs

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.

Making the Toughest Calls

Harvard Business

Ethics Decision making Leadership AudioJoseph Badaracco, Harvard Business School professor, explains what to do when no decision feels like a good decision. He is the author of Managing in the Gray: Five Timeless Questions for Resolving Your Toughest Problems at Work. Download this podcast.

Research: How One Bad Employee Can Corrupt a Whole Team

Harvard Business

Ethics Digital Articleandrew nguyen/HBR Staff. One bad apple, the saying goes, can ruin the bunch. So, too, with employees. Our research on the contagiousness of employee fraud tells us that even your most honest employees become more likely to commit misconduct if they work alongside a dishonest individual. And while it would be nice to think that the honest employees would prompt the dishonest employees to better choices, that’s rarely the case.

Why We’re Seeing So Many Corporate Scandals

Harvard Business

Second, they don’t consider at a human level how their stated strategic intents shape the acceptable ethical boundaries for those who must turn those intents into reality. ” Given the archaic structures and processes, and without repeated, clear guidance on “what we don’t ever risk,” is it any surprise that decisions about ambiguous options subsequently turn out to be ethically compromised? Ethics Digital Article

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?

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. ” I meet people with unfortunate frequency who express concerns over their organizations pushing the boundaries of ethical behavior. business ethics

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CEOs under Fire

Strategy+Business

Why more chief executives are losing their jobs over ethical lapses, and some tips on how to prevent missteps. For more insight, read "Are CEOs Less Ethical Than in the Past?

We’re Unethical at Work Because We Forget Our Misdeeds

Harvard Business

Understanding the psychology that drives decisions can help us make sense of corporate cheating scandals and, hopefully, behave more ethically, and promote more ethical behavior in our own organizations. Behavioral economics Ethics Digital Articlepaul garbett FOR HBR.

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

Harvard Business

Following this logic, a leader’s authentic and ethical behavior may motivate followers to reciprocate in ways they believe will benefit the leader as well as the organization. Ethics Managing people Digital ArticleThe idea that leaders should follow a set of sound principles and support policies that reflect their own values is a widely held standard, and for good reason. But there is a downside to integrity.

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