Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Power of Ethical Management

In recent conversations I have been challenged by the notions that many organisation continue to come unstuck because  of unethical behaviours of leaders and managers.  But is it just at the top that we have problems?

Organisations can create an environment conducive to ethical behaviour.  It all comes down to how people - and I include both employees and clients - perceive the way they are being treated by the organisation and its management.  And the extent to which they can influence what happens.

Three factors come into play.
  •  Purpose:  use values, hopes, and a clear purpose statement to determine what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.
  • Professionalism:  by knowing as much as we can about our job and striving to perform effectively we develop an identity with the purpose and pride ourselves and of our organisation.  Knowing what is at risk can help you resist temptations to behave unethically. 
  •  Perspective: be reflective in our practice.  Make time to pause and reflect, make yourself aware  of what is going on around you. See the big picture and all the impacts.  Respond and adjust, using purpose as your reference point.

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