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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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Military Ethics: General Leaks Top Secret Information to the Media

Retired four-star Gen. James Cartwright was caught leaking top-secret, classified information to the New York Times and Newsweek. When the leak was first discovered, he denied lying about the information to the FBI back in 2012.  Military ethics are being called into question.

military-ethicsJust this week General James Cartwright admitted that he had made false statements to federal investigators. At the heart of the matter was that when Cartwright became vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2007, he was required to sign non-disclosure agreements; 36 of them, in fact. Here is where it gets ethically “interesting.” General Cartwright retired in 2011, but he still had a top secret security clearance.

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Child Endangerment: Ethics in our Choices and Consequences

Are laws applied differently when it comes to different professions? How about when it comes to race? These are hard questions and even ugly questions, especially when it applies to the ethical problems we all face in America.  But this is an issue of child endangerment at least, to begin with.  But will go much deeper I promise.

child-endangermentWe need to detail the case of Somchai and Krystin Lisaius, who were recently sentenced to one year’s probation. Somchai and Krystin were “beautiful people.” They were on-air personalities for two different Tucson TV stations.  That was their public life, but behind the scenes – well with little thought child endangerment was in their future.

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Bullying leads to Suicide: The Tragic Case of Emilie Grace Olsen

My position has not changed. School Districts, administrators and teachers must receive ethics training. I am inflexible on this point. The tragic case of Emilie Grace Olsen is but one clear example of the need for action.

In addition, I have noted that our school systems which are seemingly never far away from imposing their “correctness” on students and parents are incredibly absent from many scenes where bullying is involved. Despite all of the rhetoric and posters, the feel-good messages and politics, Emilie Grace Olsenthe burden of bullying is far too often placed on the shoulders of 12 and 13 year-old’s, and not where it belongs – on the adults who can stop it.

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Truth vs Illusion: The Path to Success

How far are you willing to go to succeed?

It isn’t hard to create an image of who you want to be. But how much of that image is reality? If celebrities have a good publicist,

Truth vs Illusionthey can create a picture-perfect life. If a company hires a good public relations team, the sky’s the limit. Even on a personal level, everyone has that friend who seems to have it all together.  The challenge is separating the truth vs illusion.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Business and Personal Ethics, Choices and Consequences, success and tagged , , ,

Staying Between the Lines: Reducing Unethical Behavior in the Workplace

Take your eyes off the highway for a moment and you may be in for a shock. Drift to the right and rumble strips snap you back to attention. Go the other way and chances are a cable barrier or jersey wall will get in your way. These exist to reduce the amount of accidents on our nation’s highways. They keep us between the lines – In a sense a way to reduce unethical behavior.

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business ethics word cloud with related tags

If you think about it, we establish similar parameters in many areas of our lives to prevent us from disaster. The workplace should be no exception. With ethical barriers, you can help reduce incidents of poor behavior in your company.

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Business Ethics Alive: Blue Bell vs Peanut Corporation of America

A tale of two companies.  A tale of business ethics.  A tale of core values.  A tale of different outcomes.  The question at the heart of this article is one of the seed of corporate culture and business ethics.  It’s easy to talk ethics, to sign ethics and compliance Blue Bell Ice Creamagreements, but it’s far more difficult to live those ethical principles and that could not be more evident that what we’ve seen with Blue Bell and Peanut Corporation of America.

When Ethics Fail: Peanut Corporation of America

A jury in Georgia convicted Stewart Parnell and his brother and food broker, Michael Parnell, with 76 federal counts linked to intentionally shipping out salmonella-laced peanut products.  This verdict marks the first federal felony conviction for a company executive in a food safety case.

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This Guy Fails at Teaching His Son Ethics

Father and SonThe keynote presentation was over when a younger man walks up to me and shares his insights on how meaningful my presentation was to him.  “Your message was so timely!  Yesterday I got a call from my son’s school letting me know that Andy (his son’s name) was coming home with a note.  He got in trouble for stealing another kids pencil.”

Now as he was sharing this with me I was thinking about what action this dad might have taken to provide a teaching lesson for his son.  Every choice has a consequence, so I was interested in hearing what consequence the kid might have experienced – a teaching moment – so to speak – so that he wouldn’t make the same choice again.  What I heard next however told it all.

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Mike Volpe – HubSpot’s Top Marketing Exec fired for Ethics Violation

Mike VolpeMike Volpe, HubSpot’s former top marketing exec, attempted to get his hands on a draft of a former employee’s book about the company.  In an article in Boston.com by Lloyd Mallison, the top marketing exec was fired for violating HubSpot’s code of business conduct and ethics code.

According to BetaBoston, the book in question is likely the one being written by Dan Lyons, a former journalist who worked for HubSpot last year. Lyons has already worked on the HBO show Silicon Valley and announced in February he was “working on a memoir of my ridiculous attempt to reinvent myself and start a new career as a marketing person inside a software company during the second tech bubble.”

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Julie Hamp – Ethical Brinksmanship in Japan?

It is a peculiar story that is still playing itself out. As the case has not yet been adjudicated, we still don’t know who was right – or wrong, and how Toyota’s top female executive came to be arrested.

Julie HampThe scandal (if such a powerful word can or should be used here), offers a look at culture and ethics. However, it is impossible to review this case without wondering if a puppeteer’s strings have pulled the case in a strange abyss.

The Toyota Motor Corporation, like many of Japan’s major corporations, is heavily male-dominated. Julie Hamp, an American, was recently appointed as the newly appointed head of public relations. She was to be a model of diversity. Yes, I understand that being the head of public relations is not the same as head of engineering or production, but for a Japanese company it was a tremendous leap.

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