In the book Republic, Plato 1974, Glaucon’s view is that we should trust others only if we are confident that they fear detection and punishment sufficiently to deter them from harming us. It is only relatively recently that we have seen the introduction of legislation which recognises the importance of whistleblowing and the need to… Continue reading Fiduciary Duties + Whistleblowing Procedures
All companies have narratives—mission statements, principles, and core values— that communicate the identity and purpose of the firm to its stakeholders, especially the employees. A story that defines a firm’s purpose, mission, and values can empower managers to search for and identify new opportunities that fit within the company’s moral framework and handle unforeseen crises.… Continue reading Static Narratives and the Avoidance of Ethical concerns
Do you know how to speak to your own truth effectively? Do you know how to hear the truth well, when it’s spoken to you? In the world of work, conspiracies of silence are enormously damaging and all but universal. We have all worked in places where no one addressed the problem that everyone knew… Continue reading Creating a Culture of Candour – BEGIN WITH YOURSELF
In the wake of Enron, Parmalat, WorldCom, Siemens, Tyco, LeisureNet and the many other corporate scandals that have littered the early years of this millennium, whistleblowing has become a focal point for attention from corporations and their stakeholders. There is considerable concern surrounding whether those individuals who are in a position to prevent potential harm… Continue reading Whistleblowing, Ethics in Diverse Cultures
There are two approaches to building organisational culture: One has a deficit focus: detect errors, analyse root causes, plan remedies, and implement corrections. The second has an appreciative, positive focus: seek and draw out human strengths so the organisation self-organises to be even better. With respect to company ethics, the first approach, deficit focus, is… Continue reading PROACTIVE OR REACTIVE TO ETHICS VIOLATIONS?
Fear or Favour – Rank or Yank and the Golden Boy/Girl Syndrome One of the dirty little secrets of many organizations is a debilitating caste system that identiﬁes a few as stars, who are then rewarded and afforded special privileges, and damns the rest as mediocrities who are expected to be good little soldiers who… Continue reading Beware of the YES men
Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition)26 Jan 2013