The corporate world has many mechanisms in place to prevent, assess, and address ethical violations in the workplace. But do these mechanisms really meet the needs of an employee facing an ethical dilemma? At our 5th Annual Forum in Chicago, we dove into the innovative field of design thinking in search of an answer.
Featured Thought Leadership
Tom Linebarger gives his insight into dealing with difficult decisions. He offers a practical, simple approach to making the right call -- even when it feels like there is no right answer.
Ethical decision-making isn’t always as rational as we often think it is. Here’s how subconscious priming can actually make people more ethical.
A new study on high performance goals, depletion, and unethical behavior shows that it might be time to pump the brakes on the pressure and realize the potential harm it could be doing.
Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte LLP, discusses the importance of communicating an ethical tone from the top – and how recruitment and professional development play a part in building a culture of integrity. She also discusses how ethics and strategy are interwoven.
Trainings are ubiquitous in the corporate world. In addition to learning about their actual jobs, employees go through trainings on their organizations’ policies, procedures, norms, strategies, and of course, values. But not all learning is created equal. When it comes to impacting behavior, consider leveraging the good old-fashioned power of story.
Can I give you a little feedback?” It’s something we all hear or say from time to time, and what follows is often accompanied by awkwardness and anxiety on one or both ends of the conversation. But what if we could release the tension and leverage feedback on a more regular basis?
Ann Nobles, Former Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of Eli Lilly, discusses how to navigate working in a highly regulated industry. She explains the importance of educating both employees and financial stakeholders on ethical standards in order to ensure a company-wide ethical approach to business.
Across the spectrum, researchers say, we’re all prey to thinking we’re more ethical than we really are. The good news is that there are proactive steps businesses can take to avoid common pitfalls.
Weston Smith recounts how the pressures of hitting quarterly numbers and a culture of reaching short-term goals at all costs created a situation that eventually landed him in federal prison. He describes the rationalizations the company used, the slippery slope that followed, and the tipping point that made him decide to do the right thing.
Why do people do the right thing?
At the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, we believe that ethics can drive the business world forward. We aim to understand how ethical behavior is generated in work contexts. By connecting academic and business thought leaders to explore character ethics, we create and disseminate content that is forward-looking, pragmatic, and provocative.
Collaboration with Ethical Systems
Check out this project we developed with Ethical Systems aimed at translating relevant concepts from the behavioral sciences and psychology as they apply to ethics and decision making for use by companies and organizations. Each topic sheet defines a term, unpacks the concept, explains its relevance to corporate behavior, and provides action steps for using the knowledge provided. Share this with your team, your manager, and your leadership.