What You Can Do to Improve Ethics at Your Company

Harvard Business

It’s hard for good, ethical people to imagine how these meltdowns could possibly happen. many of us face an endless stream of ethical dilemmas at work. We were surprised that 30 leaders in the study recalled a total of 87 “major” ethical dilemmas from their career histories. Another surprise was how few of the incidents were caused by bribery, corruption, or anti-competition issues (only 16% of all ethical dilemmas mentioned). Ethics. Ethics.

Is Your Company as Ethical as It Seems?

Harvard Business

When you submit a tender to the foreign government, they advise you that there is little likelihood of winning the contract unless you hire a consultant of their choosing. The onus for ethical behavior falls first to the employee. Most companies talk a good ethics game and even make their goals public. The punishing, pressure-cooker work environment meant that Volkswagen engineers were apparently loath to say no or admit failure to superiors. Picture this.

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CEOs Are Getting Fired for Ethical Lapses More Than They Used To

Harvard Business

From 2007-2011, forced turnovers due to ethical lapses were 3.9% On a regional basis, the share of all successions attributable to ethical lapses rose most sharply in the U.S. Each company that appeared to have changed its CEO is investigated for confirmation that a change occurred, the reason for the change (using company, press, and media reports as well as the knowledge of Strategy& consultants), and information on both the outgoing and incoming chief executives.

April 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Ken Byler of Higher Ground Consulting Group contributed How Not to Be Defensive. Stephanie Skryzowski of 100 Degrees Consulting provided How to Create a Monthly Finance Routine. In this video post, Chris shares: “ Employees – your team leaders and team members – deserve a work environment that treats them, their efforts, their ideas, their contributions, and their accomplishments with respect. Welcome to the April 2021 Leadership Development Carnival!

Know Your History, Purpose and Direction

CoachStation

CoachStation provides consulting and business advisory, coaching / mentoring and human resource related offerings. Although it may have taken a different form, I believe that coaching and consulting was always the ‘end game’ and I would have still have ended up here. Being exposed to the business environment helped to drive me and you only have to speak to most employees to know that there is genuine opportunity to develop more effective leaders in most industries.

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Your New HR Reference Guide

Coaching Tip

Experienced human resource professionals and consultants, Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem, share their 30+ years of first-hand experience in their completely revised and expanded, "THE BIG BOOK OF HR". Less hierarchical structures and a focus on teams require a more collaborative environment but provide a greater opportunity for differences. Managing people is the most challenging part of any leader's job. And that job's not getting any easier.

March 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Angela Hummel of Angela Hummel Consulting writes Listening at the Highest Level. Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting shared 4 Exercises to Enhance Your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts. Linda Fisher Thornton of LeadinginContext contributed It’s Tine For Ethically Adaptive Leadership. Each day brings new challenges that consume our time and require us to grow into higher levels of ethical awareness to avoid missteps and miscalculations.

Are You Managing Human Capital or Leading People?

The Practical Leader

The report calls a social enterprise “an organization whose mission combines revenue growth and profit-making with the need to respect and support its environment and stakeholder network. CEOs rated their number one issue as “impact on society, including income inequality, diversity, and the environment.” Ethics and Fairness. Uncategorized leadership Human Resources organizational performance hr human capital Gudjon Bergmann people-focus Deloitte Consultin

October 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting shared Values Amidst the Storm. Jon Lokhorst of Lokhorst Consulting shared Leading Yourself Through Crisis. Linda Fisher Thornton of LeadinginContext contributed Leadership: Evaluating Ethical Awareness. Linda shares: “ Ethical awareness may have been considered private in the past, but it has become easier to observe in a society that is always socially connected. Welcome to the October 2020 Leadership Development Carnival!

Leaders Lessons from an Outward Bound Wilderness Instructor

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Mark Brown: Leaders in the outdoor leadership space are quite familiar with a wilderness ethic and organization called Leave No Trace. LNT has become the gold standard for organizations who operate in America’s backcountry environments.

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The Big Picture of Business – Business Success Checklist

Strategy Driven

Utilization of industry consultants or technical specialists. Consultant plan is annually updated, with realistic, measurable goals. The organization maintains and lives by an ethics statement. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. When you own and operate a business you need to have certain procedures for an efficient and seamless function. Sometimes the difficulty of managing your time makes for a haphazard operation.

Mentoring and Lifelong Learning

Strategy Driven

People who were downsized from a corporate environment suddenly enter the entrepreneurial world and find the transition to be tough. Truth and ethics must be woven into how you conduct business. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Professionals who succeed the most are the products of mentoring. I heartily endorse that find a great mentor. I have had many excellent ones in my long career and have in turn mentored hundreds of others.

Value-Added Leadership

Strategy Driven

This ladder holds true for managers and employees within the organization, as well as outside consultants brought in. Organizational purpose, vision, quality of life, ethics, long-term growth. You have and regularly update-benchmark a strategy for the future, shared company Vision, ethics, Big Picture thinking and “walk the talk.” Please consider the environment before and after printing this article.

The Big Picture of Business – Diversity is Important for Business

Strategy Driven

Every professional must embrace a set of ethics: Things for which each professional holds himself/herself accountable. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. This year is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I was on the committee that wrote that legislation. Diversity is most important for business, the economy and quality of life. I have conducted many diversity audits of companies.

The Big Picture of Business – The Statistics Tree: Understanding Figures and What They Symbolize, Relating Directly to Your Business Success

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Only 2% of those who call themselves Consultants really are just that. Most so-called consultants are vendors who peddle what they have to sell, rather than what the client companies really need.

The Big Picture of Business: Been There, Done That

Strategy Driven

How to Pick the Right Consultants for Your Company. Selecting the most appropriate consultant for your company and optimizing their expertise is the greatest challenge facing a decision maker. None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Consultants Are Not All Alike.

The Big Picture of Business – Doing Your Best Work on Deadlines: Mobilizing the Energy for Best Business Success

Strategy Driven

I recommend that diversity audits, quality control reviews, ethics programs and other important regimen be conducted as part of Strategic Planning, rather than as stand-alone, distracting and energy diverting activities. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. We just had the first live TV musical play extravaganza on television after a 50-year hiatus. The production was The Sound of Music , starring Carrie Underwood.

The Making of Legends

Strategy Driven

However, years of experiences with corporate leaders made me come full circle and start integrating pop culture lingo into the conversations, consultations and planning processes. Amplify discussions on community standards and ethics. Exemplifying ethical behavior. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. I have written several books, on business, entertainment, history and pop culture.

The Big Picture of Business – Becoming a Legend

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Ethics and integrity. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Are you a legend? Do you admire people who went the distance? Have you celebrated organizations that succeeded?

The Big Picture of Business – Quality is Important for Business: Real Quality vs. Arbitrary Metrics

Strategy Driven

In order to complete the chain, organizations must insist that suppliers, professional services counselors and vendors show demonstrated quality programs, as well as ethics statements. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. There’s this thing that websites do. They use the term ‘metrics’ out of context. Their metrics are arbitrary, and they jerk the chains of sellers with figures that are unsubstantiated.

The Big Picture of Business – Biggest Excuses They Use… and You Should Avoid: Rationales and Reasons Why Businesses Fail

Strategy Driven

Blaming problems upon others: Our consultant told us to do it. Ethics and standards… those are for chumps. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Some people and organizations go to great extremes to place spins, rationalize or save face. Often, sweeping generalizations involve making far-fetched excuses or scapegoating someone else. Criticizing others may be cloaked as a subtle or even polite dialog.

The Big Picture of Business: The Colonel and Me

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. I come in after the wrong consultants have given bad advice, after knee-jerk reactions to changing business climates had taken tolls on existing market players. Research tells us that only 2% of all consultants are real advisers.

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The Big Picture of Business – The Future Has Moved… and Left No Forwarding Address.

Strategy Driven

Futurism is a continuum of thinking and reasoning skills, judicious activities, shared leadership and an accent upon ethics and quality. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Futurism is one of the most misunderstood concepts. It is not about gazing into crystal balls or reading tea leaves. It is not about vendor ‘solutions’ that quickly apply band-aid surgery toward organizational symptoms.

The Big Picture of Business – Doing Your Best Work on Deadlines: Mobilizing the Energy for Best Business Success

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. I recommend that diversity audits, quality control reviews, ethics programs and other important regimen be conducted as part of Strategic Planning, rather than as stand-alone, distracting and energy diverting activities.

The Big Picture of Business: Putting Budgeting Into Perspective, The Bigger Picture of Strategic Planning

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Walking the Talk: ethics, values, quality, vision. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Frame of reference is everything in business.

The Big Picture of Business: The Business Leader as Community Leader

Strategy Driven

In eras following downturns and scandals, it is incumbent upon good companies to go the extra distance to be ethical and set good examples. None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article.

The Big Picture of Business – Tribute to Dick Clark

Strategy Driven

Be ethical. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Management & Leadership Big Picture of Business budget development budgeting business big picture business communications business networking Business Tree consultant Corporate Speaker dick clark hank moore keynote speaker personal networking strategy Strategic Planning strategydrivenFirst-ever article on Dick Clark, as a business case study.

The Big Picture of Business – Developing The Talent for Business to Succeed

Strategy Driven

Critical topics include leadership development of executives, mindset changes in the evolution from manager to executive to leader, executive mentoring, insights into how top professionals evolve, plateaus of professional accomplishment, developing a winning work ethic, lifelong learning and the accrual of business wisdom. None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). 7 Plateaus of Work Ethic.

The Big Picture of Business – Think Tanks to Strategize

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. I lay the groundwork so they can best utilize the niche consultants. I support all of the others and educate business owners on the best contexts to make consultants most effective.

The Big Picture of Business: Goal Setting… An Important Part of Strategic Planning.

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Goal attainment leads to ethical behavior. The goal-oriented person adapts to the work environments. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Human beings live to attract goals.

How Men Get Penalized for Straying from Masculine Norms

Harvard Business

One experimental study found that male managers in consulting who tended to advocate more for their team than for themselves were judged to be lower in agency and competence and more likely to be considered for job dismissal. While we don’t want men or women regularly crying at work, an authentic work environment has to allow all employees to experience the same emotions without penalty. Gender Psychology Ethics Digital Article

The Big Picture of Business: Fine Wine, Aged Cheese and Valuable Antiques. Professionals Who Go the Distance.

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Long-term track record, unlike anything accomplished by any other individual… all contributing toward organizational philosophy, purpose, vision, quality of life, ethics, long-term growth. Core Values: Ethics.

True Leaders Believe Dissent Is an Obligation

Harvard Business

He also talked about his stint at McKinsey & Company, the blue-chip consulting firm, and one subversive takeaway. The obligation to dissent is in fact a hallmark of McKinsey culture, established and enshrined decades ago by Marvin Bower, the legendary head of the world’s most celebrated consulting firm. “This obligation to dissent, this was Marvin’s principle,” one senior consultant told the biographer. People like living in that environment.

January 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Business leaders have learned that ethical leadership transforms organizational metrics.” Anne Perschel of Germane Coaching and Consulting provided How To Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick. Stephanie Shryzowski of 100 Degrees Consulting provided The Best Investment I’ve made in my Professional Development. Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting provided My 2017 Book of the Year. Welcome to the January Leadership Development Carnival!

The Big Picture of Business: Leadership for the New Order of Business Part 1

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. ‘What the World Needs Now’ – Ethics and social responsibility must be parts of the business strategy. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article.

The Leadership Blind Spots at Wells Fargo

Harvard Business

The post-scandal scrutiny of Wells Fargo’s culture has so far focused on the high-pressure sales environment that drove employees to create as many as two million fake accounts. It was yet another two years before Stumpf brought in consultants in 2015 to investigate the full scope of impact on consumers. Senior leaders were so focused on financial impact that they couldn’t see the ethical damage. Ethics Leadership Boards Digital Article

A New Model For Cooperation, Values, and Employee Motivation

The Idolbuster

Today we’ll take a break from Busting Your Corporate Idol for this timely guest post from Omer Soker, Founder of The Ethics Of Success. . The flow-on benefits are high morale, lower turnover rates, and an environment and culture that attracts the best talent and an authentic connection with customers that drives sales to growth rates any company would envy. He is a corporate speaker, workshop facilitator and business consultant.

The Big Picture of Business: Leadership for the New Order of Business Part 2

Strategy Driven

This ladder holds true for managers and employees within the organization, as well as outside consultants brought in. None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Leadership comes from inner quests, ethical pursuits and professional diligence.

5 Questions to Ask Before You Call Out Someone Powerful

Harvard Business

The Chief Operating Officer of one of the world’s biggest banks described the environment that fostered the culture that enabled the Libor and related scandals: “It all begins with the organization’s biggest lie.” And then of course we consider their formal organizational label: CEO, sales rep, shelf-stacker, consultant. Ethics Difficult conversations Digital Article

The Big Picture of Business – Fine Wine, Aged Cheese and Valuable Antiques: Part II

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Taking concepts (quality management, ethics, outside-the-box thinking) out of the esoteric and into daily operation. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article.

The Big Picture of Business – Setting, Meeting, and Benefiting from Goals

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Goal attainment leads to ethical behavior. The goal-oriented person adapts to the work environments. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Businesses should review their Strategic Plan annually.

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The Big Picture of Business: Corporate Communications – Correctly Positioning Your Company

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Ethics Statement. Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Evolution of Corporate Communications Activity. In many professions, the idea of full-scope, sophisticated positioning has been foreign up until now.

The Big Picture of Business: The Realities of Networking

Strategy Driven

None of the limbs and twigs on each branch (staff-consultants) provide all nourishment required to breed a healthy tree (company). These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. It’s tough to not be consulted as an expert, but rather as a step on someone else’s journey. Try referring callers back to X as really being the ‘best person’ for them to consult.