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Are your ethics better than average?

Are your ethics better than average?

Many of us fall prey to the illusion that we're morally superior to others. But a healthy dose of humility can help us become better, kinder people.

Four New Year's Resolutions for Ethical Leaders

Four New Year's Resolutions for Ethical Leaders

Well begun is half done,” the saying goes. It applies not only to doing a task well, but also to doing it ethically. Each new beginning offers a key inflection point. Approach it the right way and you position your team or organization to do the right thing when the going gets tough. (And the going will get tough.) Here are four practices you can begin today that will help you lead ethically and authentically throughout the coming year.

Transform Your Critics Into Allies [Video]

Transform Your Critics Into Allies [Video]

In his career path from maritime lawyer to pharmaceuticals executive to CEO of the industrial manufacturer Magnetrol, John Heiser has observed leadership at its best and worst. In this series of videos, he shares key insights on how to make your business a force for good—not just for its employees, customers, and shareholders, but also for the broader communities in which it operates.

Inside the Mind of a Whistleblower

Inside the Mind of a Whistleblower

What is it like to blow the whistle on a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme? We asked Scott Noble to walk us through his experience as a whistleblower in a financial fraud case that led to the conviction and incarceration of his business associate, the owner of Samex Capital, Keenan Hauke. Scott stressed the importance of being proactive, finding moral clarity, and seeking allies to support your effort to do the right thing.

Improving Ethics Training [Video]

Improving Ethics Training [Video]

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.

What is Integrity?

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.

Four Ways to Use Your Power Ethically

Four Ways to Use Your Power Ethically

Does power corrupt? Not always. In fact, recent research suggests that we can change the way power affects us in order to help others and ourselves.

Ethics and Sustainability [Video]

Ethics and Sustainability [Video]

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.

Designing for Ethics

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.

The Three Pillars of Culture [Video]

The Three Pillars of Culture [Video]

Susan Ochs describes her take on organizational behavior, culture, and how to affect employee mindsets. From her extensive research and experience in the corporate world, she posits that the mental models and assumptions of employees have a crucial yet often overlooked role in culture management.

How to Make the Right Choice [Video]

How to Make the Right Choice [Video]

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.

The Ethical Triggers We Don't Notice

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.

Advancing Values [Video]

Advancing Values [Video]

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.

Bringing Your Ethics Code to Life

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.

The Potential Danger of Lofty Goals

The Potential Danger of Lofty Goals

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.

Communicating Values from the Top [Video]

Communicating Values from the Top [Video]

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.

Making Feedback Normal

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?

Educating for Ethics [Video]

Educating for Ethics [Video]

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. 

Keeping Promises [Video]

Keeping Promises [Video]

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. 

Making Tough Calls with Top Performers [Video]

Making Tough Calls with Top Performers [Video]

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.

Adding Emotion to Ethics Education

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.

Increasing Your Odds

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.

How Fraud Happens and What It Takes to Dig Out [Video]

How Fraud Happens and What It Takes to Dig Out [Video]

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.

Buying Integrity

Buying Integrity

At five bucks a pop and ten minutes per test, can your company afford NOT to do integrity testing?