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Fraud: Is Your Business at Risk?

Reverend Bobby thought it a bit strange when his wife, with her hand cupped over the phone, said that Sargent Willis was on the line and had some questions. Sargent Willis wasn’t a member of his congregation and the last time he could remember he had fraud-is-your-business-at-risknever had any cause for the police to want to ask him questions. He thought, “Did I run a red light and a traffic cam catch me,” he wondered.  His question led to a surprising outcome which raises the question about Fraud: Is Your Business at Risk?

The Shock Of A Collapsing Illusion

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3 Components of Bad Behavior

Is it safe to say that all organizations are expected act in an ethical manner when it comes to the legal, moral, and professional conduct related to the fulfillment of their professional responsibilities? Who wouldn’t answer YES to this question?  Yet the truth 3-components-of-bad-behavioris there are 3 components of bad behavior that when put together create the foundation of bad behavior.  Once you recognize how those components work or come together, lives can be changed.

In my work as a professional ethics consultant and advocate, I have seen more examples of circumstances where good people, people that are well intentioned, make bad choices by taking one step on the slippery slope of unethical activity.

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The Ethical World of Halloween Political Correctness

Who controls what is “correct,” and who doesn’t? The politics of political correctness has even reached its tentacles into the celebration of Halloween. It is an issue outside of what we normally discuss, but I believe it has ramifications into our everyday ethical life.  Halloween political correctness in an ethics blog – go figure!

halloween-political-correctnessIn the latest politically correct salvo, the University of Florida is actually offering psychological counseling for any students who are offended by Halloween costumes.  Seriously – this is Halloween political correctness taken to an absurd level.

In a blog written by the university last week it stated:

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Jon Ruggles and Poor Financial Ethics at Delta Airlines

When there is no oversight associated with an important corporate function, sooner or later poor decision making or unethical behavior is bound to occur. This fact was reaffirmed just this past week with Delta Airlines and the man who was in charge with the important fuel hedging program, Jon Ruggles.

Delta Airlines As there was apparently little to no oversight, Ruggles set up a personal commodities trading account for jet fuel, alongside the huge corporate trading account he ran for Delta. When major corporate traders such as a multi-billion dollar airline take a position in any commodity it naturally affects the prices of that commodity. It is, after all, a supply and demand scenario.

Though the trades actually took place in 2011 and 2012, the final disposition of the case didn’t occur until September 2016.

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Wells Fargo’s Ethics: What Can We Learn?

No company wants to be in the news for negative publicity, especially publicity that was generated from what most would describe as unethical activity by its employees.  Yet that is exactly what Wells Fargo has been facing for the past several weeks and it’s not getting better.  But this isn’t about Wells Fargo – those facts are well known now.  The question is what can we learn from this debacle?

what-can-we-learnActions Speak Louder than Words – What Can We Learn?

Wells Fargo’s vision and values states:

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Right Way to Track Your Teen: Ethically

We cannot go back in time, even though many of us might be tempted. We live in a digital age, we live in a complicated age, and we are ridiculously interconnected.  All that might be good, but should this digital age afford parents the right to track your teen?

track-your-teenOur children are growing up too fast, we are too stressed and no one seems to know what to do with all of the rules of child rearing and parenting. Adding to all of the madness is that close to 75% of teenagers are walking around with personal smartphones.  Are they a curse or provide great value?

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Business and Personal Ethics, teen ethics, Teens and Family, Youth and tagged , , , ,

Life Out of Balance – The Foundation for Unethical Choices

If most people were asked, “Would you voluntarily do something that is unethical or maybe illegal” they would answer – “Heavens NO!” We all, by nature, prefer to do the right thing – it’s natural. Well, it’s natural till we’re faced with enough pressure that we cross the line. Life out of balance creates the tipping point for good people to make bad choices.

life-out-of-balanceThrough many years of observation, in my work as a professional ethics consultant and advocate, I have seen more examples of circumstances where good people, people that are well intentioned, make bad choices by taking one step on the slippery slope of unethical activity. And, from experience, once on that slope – well the word “slippery” can be an understatement.

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Ethics: Acting with Uncompromising Honesty and Integrity

Here’s a question to ponder. Is it possible for an organization to find long-term success if the company or its employees conduct their affairs without uncompromising honesty and integrity?

Uncompromising Honesty and IntegrityThere are two key phrases included in the question above: “long-term success” and “uncompromising honesty and integrity.” So many examples come to mind of companies that have seen incredible success and then failed miserably when it was clear that the organization lacked “uncompromising honesty and integrity.

An оrgаnizаtiоn аnd itѕ employees must соnduсt thеir аffаirѕ with unсоmрrоmiѕing honesty аnd intеgritу if they are to survive and thrive long-term. Business ethics are nо diffеrеnt thаn реrѕоnаl ethics аnd the same high standard аррliеѕ to both. Every choice we make has a consequence and thus every choice an organization makes, has a consequence as well.

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7 Traits of Ethical Business Owners

Simрlе actions bу реорlе hоlding lеаdеrѕhiр positions will dirесtlу imрасt the ethical behavior рrасtiсеѕ within a business. Having thе ѕесrеtаrу screen calls whеn thе mаnаgеr iѕ viѕiblу аvаilаblе mау nоt seem important, but еvеn the ѕimрlеѕt white lie соmmuniсаtеѕ whаt is acceptable. Smаll decisions tо bеnd thе truth will develop into larger hаbitѕ of juѕtifуing liеѕ аbоut finances, time and attendance, including hiring аnd firing dесiѕiоnѕ. Ethiсаl vаluеѕ, trаnѕlаtеd intо асtivе lаnguаgе еѕtаbliѕhing standards оr rulеѕ describing thе kind of behavior with which an еthiсаl Ethical Business Ownersреrѕоn should be engaged. Here you find traits of ethical business owners.

7 Traits of Ethical Business Owners

1. HONESTY. Ethiсаl business owners аrе hоnеѕt аnd truthful in all thеir dеаlingѕ аnd thеу dо not dеlibеrаtеlу mislead or dесеivе others by misrepresentations, overstatements, раrtiаl truthѕ, ѕеlесtivе оmiѕѕiоnѕ, or any other mеаnѕ.

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Influencing Ethical Behavior: 4 Levers that Create an Ethical Culture

The program for a major multinational insurance company was complete when the invitation was issued to join the senior management team for lunch and a debrief.  Didn’t know that was in the works, but I was quite open to the opportunity.  As we gathered the meeting was opened to pepper me with questions regarding creating an ethical culture.  The second question asked related to influencing ethical behavior.  “What mechanisms do you see companies using to have a positive impact on influencing ethical behavior among employees?”  The answer was simple and often what is Influencing Ethical Behaviorobvious is what is often missed.

“There are four practical levers that create the foundation for an ethical culture,” I responded and from there we had an interactive lunch that was inspiring.

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