INVESTIGATING WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINTS PART II

In March 2009, Bernard Lawrence Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted to turning his closely held wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of nearly $65 billion dollars.i Allegedly, Madoff began the Ponzi scheme in the early 1970s making it one of the longest run and […]

PREVENTING AND MANAGING VIOLENCE IN ORGANIZATIONS

Workplace Violence, Targeted Violence, and Active Shooters Author: Marc H. Siegel CRC Press: 182 pages; $79.95 (List) Four Stars «««« Living up to its title, Preventing and Managing Violence in Organizations, is a detailed examination of, “programs, polices, and procedures that can be implemented by managers” and others seeking “to reduce and mitigate violence inside […]

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 […]