Ethics: Your Values at Work

Would you like to build a highly-ethical work culture? If your team is already highly-ethical, do they know how to protect their culture against a few bad hires, a challenging merger or an unethical client?

Irrefutable data show that highly ethical firms, also known as “Firms of Endearment,” have these long-term advantages:

  • They recruit better talent for less money
  • The firms make more money
  • These firms spend more time focused on meeting their mission and less on low-trust games or expensive lawsuits

This half-day, full-day or two-day seminar will help your team:

  • Reflect on non-negotiable values leaders must have
  • Develop a personal leadership credo
  • Develop a team charter and team accountabilities
  • Identify corporate role models
  • Understand how to talk about universal moral principles (e.g. the Golden Rule) using every day language. 
  • Understand what happens when you duck conversations about universal moral principles. 
  • Map critical decisions against your company’s actual values (what they do, not what they say), your values, and universal moral principles. Understand what to do when the three do not align.
  • Create a road map for your company to become a world-class ethical company. 

This class is not about:

  • “Ain’t it awful, grey, and confusing.” We are teaching how to be a world-class business. This happens by studying world-class businesses who have a few universal lighthouse principles every health person acknowledges to be true. 
  • Compliance (though high-ethics teams do comply)
  • How to avoid lawsuits (though you will avoid lawsuits with this approach)
  • Jerks (though you will learn how to usher jerks out of your mindspace)

Taught by Theodore Ryan, who teaches the ethics course at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Management, the seminar is designed to give your team the tools it needs to build a powerful engine for good in this world.