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Resources for Your Next Ethics Course or Training

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SUCCESS → Foster Ethics and High Performance



VALUES → Develop Integrity and Compelling Corporate Values


  • Stories Make Your Values Stick - When it comes to building character and ethical cultures, stories aren't entertainment. They are essential.

  • Designing Values-Driven Digital Tools - In this interview, Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality, explores how we can design digital tools that uphold our values rather than undermine them. [Video]

  • What Dishonesty Does to Your Brain - Why does lying become easier and easier? Ask your amygdala. [Article]

  • What is Integrity? - Integrity is the most-mentioned corporate value. But what is integrity, and how do we build it? Research suggests that when it comes to developing a reputation for integrity, small wins may actually matter more than grand commitments. [Article]

  • Advancing Values - Rick Lenny describes how to uphold and emphasize values in an organization. He expresses the importance of environment, leadership, and integrity to promoting values and ethics. [Video]

  • Keeping Promises - Frank Belatti describes a lesson he learned early in life about trust and keeping one's word, and how that has shaped his understanding of ethics and leadership throughout his career. [Video]

  • Do Corporate Values Make a Difference? - They’re everywhere, and they can help—but it’s not automatic. Here’s how to ensure your mission and values statements make a real impact. [Article]

  • Refreshing Corporate Values: Big Blue's How-To - Reinforcing common values can be challenging across a huge company—but as the case of IBM shows, technology can make the process easier. [Article]


DECISIONS → Improve My Ethical Decision-Making



SOFT SKILLS → Master Soft Skills—the “Hard Stuff” Behind Ethical Leadership



CULTURE → Develop an Ethical Corporate Culture



PEOPLE → Attract, Hire, Train, and Retain Ethical Employees


  • Will meaningful work make your employees moral? - The "Great Resignation" is here: Employees are leaving their jobs in droves to find work that aligns with their passions. Organizations stand to benefit from this trend—but only if leaders appreciate the potential (and the pitfalls) of meaningful work.

  • How the Best Apologies Are Made - For some leaders, leadership means "never having to say you're sorry." But new research suggests that they are overlooking the profound benefits a good apology has to offer.

  • Finding Profit and Purpose by Hiring a Workforce Others Overlooked - As a Senior Vice President at Walgreens, Randy Lewis bet his career on a plan to hire 200 people with disabilities to staff a brand new distribution center. Lewis's plan worked, and it taught him powerful lessons about using business as a tool to help others succeed.

  • Hiring for Humility - Tom Horton, former Chairman and CEO of American Airlines, explains how hiring for humility can help you create an ethical culture within your organization. [Video]

  • Ethics Training is Broken. Can Storytelling Fix It? - Too often, ethics trainings can be boring and ineffective. Storytelling can help—not just by keeping your participants awake, but also by helping them remember and act on what you teach. [Article]

  • Four Feedback Strategies that Drive Performance and Ethical Behavior - Not all feedback is effective. If you want to drive sustainable employee performance and encourage ethical behavior, practice this mindset and these four strategies. [Article]

  • 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. [Video]

  • Attract Emerging Leaders with Purpose, not Perks - Millennials have been called the “job-hopping generation.” But research reveals that Millennials are loyal and engaged when companies offer them ways to grow and make a difference. [Article]

  • Bringing Your Ethics Code to Life - All companies need to have a code of conduct, but can most employees tell you what it says? At Georgia-Pacific, probably so. See how their innovative scenario-based training is changing the game. [Article]

  • Making Feedback Normal - 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? [Article]

  • Educating for Ethics - 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. [Video]

  • Aim High: Insights on Developing Leaders from the Air Force Academy - Founded on interdisciplinary research and tested within the high-stakes environment of the United States Air Force, a conceptual framework used there could help take your organization to the next level. [Article]

  • Why Ethics Education Needs to Stay Positive - When designing ethics curriculum, focusing on the examples of failed ethics could actually decrease ethical behavior of students and trainees. [Article]

  • Hiring for Guilt: How a Simple Test Might Help You Hire More Ethical Employees - Knowing that hiring ethical people means building a better organization, what predictors can savvy employers use to assess a potential employee’s ethical fiber? [Article]

  • Making Tough Calls with Top Performers - Bill McDermott emphasizes the importance of holding even top performers accountable to ethical policies. He tells of an instance in his career where this was especially hard to do, but was absolutely the right thing for the company. [Video]

  • Adding Emotion to Ethics Education - Traditionally, teaching ethics involved reasoning through abstract cases. But after all we’ve learned through neuroscience, social psychology, and behavioral economics, it’s clear we can’t leave out emotion. [Article]

  • Buying Integrity - At five bucks a pop and ten minutes per test, can your company afford NOT to do integrity testing? [Article]

  • Ethics and Integrity in the Recruiting Process - A Guide for Employers and Job Seekers [Downloadable PDF]


NUDGES → Implement Small Changes that Produce a Big Impact


  • Improve Your Self-Control with This Simple Strategy - Take a tip from the pros: Adopt a ritual to trigger self-discipline. [Article]

  • You can promote honesty by asking better questions. - The way you ask a question can shape another person's decision to lie or tell the truth. [Article]

  • Protecting Yourself from an Unethical Boss: The Power of Moral Symbols - Protecting yourself from an unethical boss might be easier than you think. Just bring a moral “necklace of garlic” to work. [Article]

  • Nudging for Ethics - Applying Small Changes to Promote Ethical Outcomes [Downloadable PDF]

  • Designing for Ethics - 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. [Article]

  • The Ethical Triggers We Don't Notice - 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. [Article]

  • Increasing Your Odds - 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. [Article]


SUSTAINABILITY → Achieve Business Results Without Harming the Planet



  • Ethics and Sustainability - Focusing on long-term value creation is one of the best ways to lead ethically and build trust. In this series of videos Jean Bennington Sweeney, Chief Sustainability Officer at 3M, offers insights on making decisions for the long term good of people, profit, and the planet. [Video]

  • Coming Clean: Why it Pays to Be Honest About Environmental Impact - When it comes to carbon emissions, corporate instincts may be to keep levels quiet. But three accounting researchers find that disclosing may actually help a company’s financial performance. [Article]