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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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Jennifer Elizabeth Meehan Sentenced to Prison

“I became caught up in my own fantasy.”  That is true it was a fantasy and today Jennifer Elizabeth Meehan was sentenced today  to six months in prison and fined $50,000.  In addition, U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Haikala also sentenced Jennifer jennifer-elizabeth-meehanElizabeth Meehan, 40, to serve 18 months of home confinement, 40 months supervised probation. She also is to serve eight hours a week community service while on home confinement and probation.

An earlier article outlined her crime.  https://www.chuckgallagher.com/jennifer-elizabeth-meehan-attorney-charged-with-defrauding-gamma-phi-beta-sorority-house/

From an unpaid volunteer position, Meehan has now through her own doing lost her license to practice law for a set of dumb stupid choices.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in embezzlement, Financial Fraud, fraud, legal 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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Construction Ethics and Political Ethics in Alabama – FAIL!

Having dinner this evening in Memphis, I struck up a conversation with a person who taught compliance for government employees in purchasing.  He shared that there has never been a time when temptation was so great and the chance of getting Construction and Governmental Ethicscaught was so high.  “Time have changed,” he shared.  “When you consider the pressure of construction and politics its no wonder that construction ethics is so in the news!”

Construction Ethics in the News

Two employees on the Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors – Nancy C. Saffo and Christy Easterling – were indicted on charges of forgery and using their position for personal gain.

A state investigation determined that they used their positions to obtain checks or currency, and knowingly possessed forged instruments.

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Governmental Ethics: Why Good People Make Unethical Choices

Is it safe to say that all government officers, especially those who are in finance, 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 when it comes to governmental ethics many people find challenges that end in bad behavior.

Governmental Ethics FlagYet, 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.  This is true in not only business but governmental ethics as well.  No one is exempt from stepping on that slippery slope.

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SHRM: 3 Ways to Make Your Ethics Training Effective

The best question I received from a participant in my recent Ethics session at #SHRM16 was: “How can we make our ethics training effective?”  After the public presentation, she struck up a conversation sharing that while the company is committed to a culture of ethical action, most of the training is done either by attorney’s (teaching what not to do) or by the training staff that has 3 Ways to Make Ethics Training Effectiveno in-depth knowledge of human behavior.  As a result, she said, “Most of our employees come to think of ethics training as ‘boring!'”  That’s the reason that it’s important to recognize the 3 ways to make your ethics training effective.

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Stay Ahead of the Game: Recognizing Fraud

When was the last time you took a good look at your company’s finances?

Studies show that most major companies report an incident of fraud every two to three years.

Fraud word cloud

Fraud word cloud

In reality, no organization is immune from the risk of theft from within. If you aren’t looking, you probably should be.

In the aftermath of internal fraud, questions fly: How did we miss this? Didn’t we have measures to prevent this from happening? We long to press rewind, to start again. But what if we never press play in the first place? What if we work to recognize fraud before it’s too late?
I often refer to the “Three-Legged Stool” model to show how unethical decisions happen in the workplace:

Leg One is Need. Although many of us would like more money, our first inclination isn’t to steal. But life happens. When the need arises, our thought processes can change.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in business ethics, fraud and tagged , , ,

When Good People Make Bad Choices – the Human Side of Ethics

“Never in my wildest dreams did I see this coming. When I first started “borrowing” from the company I had every intent of paying back what I took. Heck, I did pay some of it back…at least at the beginning!” Those were the words Mark said as he confessed that the life he was living was, for the most part, an illusion. Truth be told, Mark, for all his legitimate successes, had over time become no more than a liar and a thief. His choices created consequences that he never dreamed ethics1were possible.

Mark’s recantation of his ethical fall is all too common. People who fold their arms stating “I would never do something illegal much less unethical!” find that what triggers inappropriate behavior is a basic part of human nature. We are all subject to temptation and therefore can and do make bad choices.

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Diederik Stapel – When a Lie Becomes Reality – by Mary Auda

Mary Auda is my very good friend and someone I have worked with in many different capacities since 1998 (two years following my release from prison).  Mary is a guest blogger here and will co-author blogs with me from time to time.  This is her first as author on my new updated site.

“I was such a good liar.  It came natural to me.  I probably could have passed a lie detector test,” Chuck Gallagher shared with me in an interview I did with him as he was working on his book – Second Chances.

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