Be Socially Responsible!Ethics: Not Just Another Initiative! Dr. Philip E. Burian, CM Chair, Business and Management Colorado Technical University @ Sioux Falls
Agenda• Ethics Defined• Current Status• What Ethics is NOT• Personal Experience and Reflection• You Make the Call• What Can We Do As Leaders• Policy Coverage• The Bottom Line
Ethics DefinedEthics is a code of conduct that governs how people and organizations behave. It is derived from the Greek word ethos (character) and from the Latin word mores (customs) eth·ics 1. a system of moral principles 2. the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc. 3. moral principles, as of an individual 4. that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions Dictionary.com "A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business― - Henry Ford (1863–1947)
Current Status ―We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly‖ - Aristotle 384 B.C.-322 B.C.- Violations highest since 2000- Perception to break rules – 13% (2012), 8% (2009)- 93% have witnessed misconduct- Bad workplace behavior reported – 65% (2012), 63% (2010), 53% (2005)- Retaliation against workers – 22% (2012), 15% (2009), 12% (2007)
What Ethics is NOT… Ethics is about YOU and your behavior! … a gender thing … just for goodie goodies … if we followed it we’d never make any money … a cultural thing … applicable only to employees and not officers or executives―If ethics are poor at the top, that behavior is copied down through theorganization‖ - Robert Noyce, inventor of the silicon chip
Personal Experience and ReflectionsI ask myself over and over could I have done anything different - my mistake was I should have spoken up sooner • Vendor Selection – Quid Pro Quo • Process Improvement Initiative – Better or Worse ―If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything‖ — Mark Twain, American writer (1835-1910)
You Make the Call ―Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things‖ - Peter F. DruckerWhile some issues may be very clear, others may challenge our values, policies, and the fabric of our honesty and integrity • Performance Standards - everyone is average! • Corporate Executive Bonuses – tied to performance? • Medical Care – It’s my right? • Sweat Shop Labor – It’s not in our country!
What can we do as leaders? We must set the standards high, lead by example, have a policy, investigateincidents, take appropriate action, and make it part of our personal and corporate DNA • Take the gut check test • Build it into our education and development systems • Enforce it • Establish a zero tolerance suite of policies • Practice what you preach • Provide recurring training and development • Provide a tracking and reporting path • Investigate all complaints • Address issues/potential issues head-on • Take action! Relativity applies to physics, not ethics - Albert Einstein
Policy CoverageCorporate policy should provide of comprehensive suite of expectations and provide specific examples and reporting guidance • Gifts and Entertainment • Travel • Conflicts of Interest "To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society" - President Theodore • Financial Disclosure Roosevelt • Competitor Activities • Procurement Integrity • Misuse of Position and Corporate Resources • Leaving the Company U.S. Department of Justice Ethics Office
The Bottom LineEthics: It Must Be a Way of Life! Remember, it impacts your brand, customer perception, employee morale and YOU! Project Management Institute Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
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