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They Never Do Just One Thing

Hacienda Health Care in Phoenix is under investigation for two reasons: A woman who has been in the Center since she was 3 in a comatose state was sexually assaulted. Since the now 29-year-old woman cannot speak or move on … Continue reading

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The Lying Thing

Over the past few weeks, the newspapers have been delving into the subject of lying.  The Mueller investigation has resulted in criminal charges for lying to various folks (FBI, Congress, Mueller and his folks).  Books have been written about lies … Continue reading

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What Do Clients Want From Consultants?

The Barometer has done quite a bit of work with companies and organizations that are grappling with the fallout from ethical lapses. One common thread that emerges in gathering information about how these folks got into difficulty — they all … Continue reading

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Carlos Ghosn: Oh, the Hubris!

There is little question that Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Nissan, has experienced a stunning fall from iconic businessman to a jail cell in Tokyo. His arrest was based on charges of his failure … Continue reading

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One For the Books: The Businessman Who Paid the Cop is Convicted; The Cop Is Acquitted

It was a New York City corruption trial, so that may explain a great deal. However, even by New York City standards, this is one for the books. Businessman Jeremy Reichberg, AKA “the fix-it guy” expected favors from the NYPD, … Continue reading

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Truth Percolates: Sometimes Through a PowerPoint Slide

Boeing was desperate for titanium — the nuts, bolts, rivets, washers, all thousands of them for its new Dreamliner aircraft (its fuel-efficient competition to the super-size Airbus). The parts had to be titanium because of the weight issues. However, in … Continue reading

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Madoff’s Former Secretary Released From Prison Early

Annette Bongiorno, 70, secretary to Bernie Madoff, was released from prison. She had been sentenced to 6 years in prison and had served about 2/3 of her term. She was eligible for early release under the new federal law, the … Continue reading

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Subway Fare Evaders: There Are More, and They Have Really Good Reasons

Fare evaders cost the New York City Metro Transit Authority $215 million this year. The number of fare evaders is up from 2017: 1.8% of riders to 3.2% for 2018. How do they do it? Use the open emergency exit … Continue reading

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Michigan State: Special Counsel Finds a Culture Problem

William Forsyth, the special counsel working with the Michigan Attorney General in investigating how Michigan State handled the sexual abuse allegations involving convicted sex offender Dr. Larry Nassar, has issued an interim report. That report concludes that there was and … Continue reading

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“I Read the News Today, Oh, Boy!” : A Day in the Life of Ethics — What, Me Worry?

Here are some headlines from Friday, December 21, 2018. They speak for themselves about the increasing prevalence of ethical lapses: “Merrill Settles With Regulator,” Wall Street Journal, p. B10 (settlement of $6 million with FINRA for selling shares early in … Continue reading

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86% of Professionals Admit That Sayings Only Nice Things During a Reference Check Could Backfire

A Korn Ferry survey has some interesting insights into references and what they will and will not say. The survey concludes that “positivity” by reference checks is a problem.https://ir.kornferry.com/news-releases/news-release-details/positivity-problem-korn-ferry-survey-finds-saying-only-nice. The survey has some other interesting data besides the overwhelming indication … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson: Baby Powder Campaign

Johnson & Johnson has run full-page ads in the major newspapers about talc in its baby powder.  Litigation against the company by women who used the used has resulted in claims (some of which have been successful) that asbestos fibers … Continue reading

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That Word of the Year

There are quite a few times when the word of the year touches in the area of ethics.  For 2018, the word of the year is “justice.”  For 2017, the word of the year was “complicit.” (Oxford) and “Fake news … Continue reading

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Something You Don’t See Every Day: CEO Fired Without Pay

Former CEO Les Moonves will not get any part of his $120 million in severance pay.  The reason?  The CBS board, relying on an investigative report by an external law firm, concluded that there were multiple grounds to fire Mr. … Continue reading

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