FASTER, BETTER, CHEAPER…WHEN ETHICS MEETS INNOVATION

Following a key-note I had just given at a large conference, I was one asked by an attendee if my work in the field of ethics and compliance had been influenced by Dan Goldin. “Of course it had” I responded. Having failed to stump (read embarrass) me in front of his peers, the attendee quietly […]

OUR MEMORIAL DAY

From Gen. John A. Logan’s General Order No. 11, establishing Memorial Day, May 5, 1868 The 30th day of May, 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion and whose bodies now lie in almost […]

BUD FOR BAD DECISIONS AND MISTAKES

The late Dr. Donald Cressey was the first to recognize the relationship between behavioral transgressions and the ability to rationalize. As a sociologist and criminologist, Cressey expressed his theory in what has become known as the fraud triangle. Of its three elements, opportunity, motivation and rationalization, according to Cressey organizations can only control opportunity. Though […]

IS YOUR BOSS A PSYCHOPATH?

Hollywood loves psychopaths. The movie Wolf of Wall Street is a prime example of this destructive disorder’s ability to entertain us. The story contains a little bit of everything; financial corruption, lack of impulse control, drugs, sex, money and unbridled greed. It’s also a rags-to-riches and back to rags story of a real-life New York […]

HOPE

The war was not going well. After having spent the winter holed up in Cambridge, General George Washington was anxious to drive the British from Boston. His forces battered after their losses at Bunker Hill, were eager to fight and expel the British once and for all. Washington was no less anxious and was hoping […]

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