Ethics = Morals Often thought as just the providence of religious dialogue In business, often treated as an extra curricular activity. “A nice wall plaque" in preference to Financial gain, or Fear For the individual – “whatever”!
There Are Tremendous Forces At Play to Conform - to do as your told & (but, they said) It’s OK!
TV - Breaking Bad Movies - Batman Politics - Politicians Marriages - Bosses - Supervisors Look at Today’s Influencers
Being Ethical is a Doing Activity Character is what guides us Action is a primary communication tool Words convey intent All conducted in an atmosphere of openness of Fairness with leadership BUT
You can only be successful in a company/corporate culture that is open to ethical dialogue and practices What to do if you’re in such a culture What to do if you are not
First Determine how you will react “Know thy self” Make sure of your motivation Being lead by pride, revenge or your duty to your organization, society, and to yourself - exposure
Then, Second: Determine Possible Responses Ethical Dissent vs. Whistleblowing Within the company, or Going public
Ethical Dissent - Level 1 PTP erson Informal Dissent - first level:” First person: “I’m uncomfortable with doing that” “I’ll need an authorization memo” “I’ll get back to you” Of another: I see a possible loophole
Ethical Dissent - Level 2 Review your employer’s ethical standing See, How To Review Your Potential Employer on Ethics, Refer to enclosed Checklist
Going Public – Whistleblower PTP ublic Make sure of your motivation Count for the cost Collect necessary materials/evidence Choose right avenue of disclosure Conducted in the right spirit
Does it work? 27% of Dissenters 44% of Whistleblowers Said it did* * J. Rothschild and T.D. Miethe, "Whistle-Blower Disclosures and Management Retaliation: The Battle to Control Information,"
My Whistleblowing Story
Now Go Do Ethical Stuff Thanks for listening, Phil