Compliance Interview

In a recent interview, Mark Pastin discusses a wide range of issues on corporate compliance. Please feel free to offer comments on any of the topics discussed in the video.

 

Welcome

headshot of Mark PastinWelcome to Mark Pastin’s web site. You will find information about Mark and his publications, services and speaking engagements here. Mark started working on ethics and compliance problems in business, government and the professions in the early 1970s. His 1986 book, The Hard Problems of Management: Gaining the Ethics Edge, was the first to take a managerial approach to ethics in business. (See Publications for details.) In his new book, Mark shows readers how to use their own innate ethical sense to create organizational and social change. Make an Ethical Difference: Tools for Better Action was released late in 2013 and is available now at Amazon.com and Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Author Interview

The attached video explains the main themes of Mark Pastin’s new book Make an Ethical Difference. One novel theme of the book is that individuals have an innate ability to make ethical judgments. Pastin calls this ability the “ethics eye.” More on this topic in coming posts as the main themes of Make an Ethical Difference are previewed.

Compliance Celebration

About 19 years ago we created an annual celebration of what is bright and new in compliance called the Best Compliance Practices Forum @ bestcompliancepractices.com. This year, the Forum is being held on October 20 and 21 in the Washington DC metro area and it will be the best Forum in ten years based on the incredible faculty and best practices to be recognized. It is amazing to see the innovations in compliance that are presented each year. Please join us.

Whistleblowers or Pirates?

Everyday brings new reports of whistleblowers receiving millions of dollars – even tens of millions of dollars – as a reward for being a whistleblower. This occurs primarily in healthcare, defense and financial services. It changes the equation from one in which the whistleblower risks their job to do the right thing to one in which the whistleblower risks their job in the hope of winning the lottery. The public image of the whistleblower has not caught up with this new reality in which the whistleblower is more of a pirate than a hero. The media have been particularly reluctant to give attention to this new, profit-seeking  whistleblower. It is time that our perceptions begin to fit the facts.

Getting Fired

Ever more frequently, I learn about compliance officers losing their jobs, mainly because they were doing them. A lot of organizations have a compliance officer because they know they are supposed to. But they would really be happier if the compliance officer cashed their paycheck and stayed out of the way. This is confirmed by the fact that the compliance officers being fired are not the dregs but often among the best in the business. Compliance officers are not always adept at organizational politics and tend not to be assertive on their own behalf. But this is a job where you have to get a contract for at least three years. You owe this to yourself and those who depend on you. I know that asking for a contract may seem extreme, but you don’t answer the phone where I work.

On Line Ethics Course

One of the most popular topics in my writing and speaking is how to influence ethically. I am pleased that SoundviewPro, which is the same company that does Executive Book Summaries, has made available a full video-based course titled “Influence with Ethics.” The course consists of four separate classes each built around practical tools for being effective at influencing with ethics. You can preview the course at https://www.soundviewpro.com/online-courses/_/influence-with-ethics/.  Be sure to let me know if the course helps you and how it can be improved.

How Much Agreement Is Enough

One of the excuses people give for not taking ethical action is that people never seem to agree about important ethical issues. In truth, people agree about ethics as much as they agree about science, art or anything else. It is time to put this excuse aside and Training Magazine has an article about this at http://www.trainingmag.com/how-much-agreement-enough.

Reaching Agreement on Ethics

I am always troubled that as soon as people thing of ethics, their thoughts turn to intractable disagreement. But there are broad areas of agreement on ethics, even across cultures, and it is possible to build on these agreements. This is the topic of my new article at in Business Edge. You will find it at http://businessedge.michcpa.org/issue/article.aspx?i=v11n8&a=699&s=MI. As always comments are welcome.

 

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