Thursday, August 18, 2011, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm EST, 6 pm Zurich, 7 pm Istanbul
Managing Personal and Professional Ethics on the Job: How to Avoid the Ethical Disaster You Never Saw Coming
This won’t be a review of the ethics code, case studies, or case law! Instead, we will focus will be on how you and your entire organization can more easily “walk the talk” of great ethics. We will talk about ethics risks you probably never even knew you had and what can be done right now to make sure those risks don’t turn into costly ethical and legal problems on the job. We will also talk about how even a slightly changed focus on ethics can significantly build your organization’s bottom line.
Christopher Bauer is a licensed psychologist with over twenty-five years of experience as a speaker, trainer, author, and consultant on professional ethics and values-driven business strategies. Between coaching, speaking and consulting, he has worked with front-line workers to senior executives and everyone in-between. Clients of Dr. Bauer have run the gamut from small and medium sized businesses and organizations to every level of staff and management at Fortune 500 corporations.
- A free Weekly Ethics Thought is available from Christopher Bauer. Subscribe at www.BauerEthicsSeminars.com
- Christopher Bauer's Ethics Nexus blog can be found at: Ethics Nexus blog.
- Better Ethics NOW: How To Avoid The Ethics Disaster You Never Saw Coming is available on the store page of Christopher Bauer's website as well as on Amazon.com.
Exercise: Personal and Professional Ethics Risks
Here's a very simple exercise you can use to easily start getting your mind focused on often-overlooked or ignored personal and professional ethics risks.
Simply create three columns on a sheet of paper.
- In the left hand column, jot some notes to yourself about what you say your core values are.
- In the middle column, jot some notes to yourself about what your ideal life looks like. What's there? Who's there? What does it look, feel, smell like. etc.?
- Now - where the rubber meets the road in this exercise - in the third column, jot some notes to yourself about where you can imagine those values listed in the left hand column could become compromised in pursuit of that ideal life you've described in the middle column. (For example, if one of your values is honesty and, in your ideal life, everyone likes you, might those not clash - perhaps even significantly - at times?)
Simple though this exercise is, it can be quite an eye-opener.
Many other additional ideas and resources can accessed by contacting Dr. Bauer directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews. The topic of today is how you can be ethical, whether you are working for an organization or have your own private practice. Ethics is often a topic that is stored away on the top shelf, only to be aired when a difficult ethical dilemma comes up. Our speaker today, Christopher Bauer, will make ethics a household word. He will demonstrate how an awareness of one's ethics standards can be useful to provide a sound structure upon which we build our work and life. Chris is a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience as a speaker, trainer, author, and consultant on professional ethics and values-driven business strategies. He has worked with small and medium sized businesses and organizations to every level of staff and management at Fortune 500 corporations. Welcome Christopher Bauer.
- Your background is in clinical psychology. How did you make the leap from psychology to ethics?
- Everyone knows that ethics are important but we also feel that our ethics are fine. How do you respond to that?
- Hopefully everyone wants to work ethically simply because it’s the right thing to do. Are there some figures, though, about the bottom-line financial value of maintaining an ethical workplace?
- Please define ethics. Ethics seem so based in deep philosophy. How can we think of ethics in a way that actually makes them really practical?
- I know you talk a lot about values-driven decision-making in your work. Help us understand what that means.
- It seems like one usually only sees values statements in very large organizations but many of our listeners work independently or in very small organizations. Can a values statement be helpful to those of us who work independently, as well?
- Whether we work independently, or within an organization, we may belong to professional organizations or other groups where ethics come into play. How do you suggest we infuse a sense of ethics into these groups?
- Are there some basic steps you can give us to help us write an effective values statement?
- If we want to develop a culture of ethics in our workplace, what are some essential steps we can all take?
- Who is most at risk for ethical and legal problems on the job?
- Do you have some simple ideas for how we can all determine if we are at risk for some kind of unintentional ethical or legal risk?
- Suppose we see a colleague or co-worker – or hear about one – who is doing things we feel aren’t right. What steps should we take?
- It seems like we’re hearing more and more about online ethics issues these days. Can you talk a little about reputation management and social media/social networking?
- It seems like remarkably few organizations actually have social networking or social media policies. Why do you think that is?
- What should a social networking or social media policy say to best assure effective reputation management?
- Could you summarize why you believe a strong sense of ethics is important in the workplace?
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