THE TREASURES

 

Adding value and building a strong brand...

 

making inspirational leadership possible...

 

taking collaboration to the next level...

 

building moral authority...

 

negating techniques of neutralization...

 

addressing three crises...

 

better negotiating results...

 

identifying and reporting deception and conflicts of interest...

 

allowing common sense to flourish...

 

building trust, fairness and morale...

 

 

the 10 hidden treasures of an ethical workplace and classroom...

About the Program...

Creating an ethical environment should not be about a quest for “political correctness.” Instead, it is should be about taking advantage of a remarkable opportunity to create a competitive advantage through improved performance, productivity, innovation, morale and leadership. Our program focuses on this opportunity.

Our program doesn’t pretend to offer a magic formula that will somehow result in people and institutions making ethical decisions. Publishing an impressive Code of Ethics, for example, isn’t enough. Enron had a remarkable 65-page Code and a distinguished board of directors. It wasn’t enough...

Instead, our program offers examples of how creating an ethical environment is a critical factor in helping to develop and improve those specific indispensable qualities that every successful business or school needs. It shows how creating that environment is not just the right thing to so, it is the smart thing to do…

 

A Summary of the Treasures...

 

  • value
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Moral Authority
  • Neutralization


adding value and building a strong brand

The program will show how, if an institution can create an ethical environment, this can not only create a barrier to cheating, it can also add significant additional value through improved performance, productivity, innovation, morale and leadership.

In terms of brand-building, by building a brand that has integrity and ethical practices as its foundation, that brand will inevitably grow and flourish.

 


Making Inspirational Leadership Possible

The program will explore why it is important for leaders on all levels to inspire – and why an ethical environment can make inspirational leadership easier.

Our program will also discuss what makes some leaders inspirational and what are the indispensable qualities and skills that all inspirational leaders have.

 


creating a collaborative culture and environment

The program will explore how an ethical environment plays an indispensable role in creating a collaborative culture...

And why is creating a collaborative culture so important? It is because, in any endeavor, collaboration, innovation, teamwork and success are inextricably linked – and none can occur without creating a collaborative culture that exists in an ethical environment.

The program will address 10 indispensable elements in creating a collaborative culture...

 

offering leaders moral authority

Moral authority is the authority a leader or an institution receives that results when they are respected for their ethical behavior and integrity. It is about leading by example. It plays a large part in making a leader inspirational…

The program will explore this with particular reference to Nelson Mandela whose own moral authority was towering. It will also explore the steps needed to attain moral authority:

 

 

Addressing techniques of neutralization...

What are “techniques of neutralization”? They are the excuses used to rationalize or excuse unethical behavior. Our program addresses how leaders can create an environment to combat these techniques of neutralization.

The program will draw attention to the fact that scams were not just ethical scandals. Criminologists argue, for example, that the scams were rather criminal scandals that represented the outbreak of widespread and serious white collar crime. They argue correctly that those who were involved in the scams faced no ethical dilemmas. They simply found ways to excuse or rationalize their behavior using one or more of these techniques of neutralization

 

 

 

  • crises
  • Negotiating
  • Deception
  • Common Sense
  • Trust, Fairness

addressing three serious crises of our time...

As a global society, we have suffered at the hands of scam artists. Most recently, the sub-prime mortgage scandal literally brought the world’s economy to its knees. This only served to highlight these three serious crises that we face:
(1) The crisis of pervasive cheating
(2) The crisis of corruption
(3) The of those who look the other way as those around them cheat and act corruptly

The program will focus on how an ethical workplace and classroom can help begin to address these crises.

 


creating a better negotiating climate

The program will focus on how negotiating in an ethical environment can have the potential to offer better negotiating results. What is important to emphasize is that ethical negotiating is not negotiating from weakness.

To the contrary, the program will also focus on “10 Powers of Negotiation” that Nelson Mandela displayed in his epic and extraordinarily tough negotiations with the apartheid government. These Powers were built on a foundation of ethics and integrity.



identifying and reporting deception
and conflicts of interest...

Because every scam is a lie that is designed to persuade us to do or not do something, it is critical for us to detect the underlying lies and expose those who cheat. The program will explore ways to identify and expose deceit.

It will also explore how one identifies and becomes more sensitive to conflicts of interest. Every recent high-profile scam has involved serious conflicts of interest in which people had to choose between their own personal interests and the interests of those they represented. Many chose their personal interests...

 

stressing the power of common sense

Without the exercise of common sense, any business or school is doomed to mediocrity. The question is how to create an environment that allows common sense to flourish? One answer is to create an ethical environment in which people are free to exercise their common sense without fear of retribution.

The program will explore “The Duck School,” the school of common sense. It will explore both its rules and the obstacles we must overcome to apply its rules.

 


building trust, fairness and morale...

The program will focus on how an ethical workplace or classroom can build trust, fairness and morale. It will focus on how this will keep everyone positive and enthusiastic.

As has been noted, trust is indispensable in creating a collaborative culture and in creating inspirational leadership. This will result in the creation of a collaborative environment that will generate the type of innovation that any business or school needs to improve performance.

 

 

 

For a more complete description of the program see:

The 10 Hidden Treasures of an Ethical Workplace and Classroom