Improving Ethics Training

Companies spend billions of dollars on ethics training programs each year. But are they effective? Joan Dubinsky, former Chief Ethics Officer at the United Nations, offers insights on what causes an ethics training program to fail, and she suggests ways you can redesign your organization's program to create ethical leaders.

 

 

 

Where to go next


Learn how storytelling and emotion can improve ethics education.

Gain insight on engaging ethics ambassadors in your organization.

Discover how scenario-based training can bring your ethics code to life.

Pre-Questions

Recall your own experiences with ethics training. How have the ethics training sessions you've attended helped you become a more ethical person?

What should an ethics training program teach you? How should it make you feel? What shoud it inspire you to do?

 

Post-Questions

Do you agree with Joan Dubinsky's three signs your ethics training is "designed to fail"? Are there any other signs you've noticed?

Is your ethics training program based on a series of "thou shalt not" statements? How can you include more positive examples in your trainings?

How do your ethics trainings focus on more than reciting rules? How might you make your sessions more engaging and inspiring?

Who could you recruit to teach ethics within your organization?

 

 

 

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