Recently I was asked to participate in AWTT’s Speaking Truth to Youth video series, which, in their words, “reflect AWTT’s belief that our portrait subjects are not superheroes but real people whose work is driven by moral courage and a passion for truth and justice.”
I spoke recently at the new Dallas campus of Texas A&M Commerce University to their graduate and undergraduate business students and alumni, with many others, including some Texas A&M financial planning students, attending virtually via zoom. Professor Jared Pickens, the organizer of the event, asked me to speak on “Ethics in the Last and Next… [Read More]
I was honored to speak to Stephen Arbogast’s “Resisting Corporate Corruption” class and discuss why it is important for students to learn ethics and how to identify corruption early.
Most people wouldn’t accept poor treatment at a gym, and would likely change grocery stores if the regular place exhibited blatant disrespect toward customers. Why, then, are employers surprised when people won’t stay in a toxic job? People prefer to exist where they feel appreciated, especially in their jobs.
It was my great honor to speak again at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, where they teach ethics classes in all disciplines.
Transparency International recently published the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2021, which showed that the U.S. dropped out of the top 25 most trusted countries. Given that our score was a 67 out of 100, we have a D. That’s a failing grade in Texas schools.
People are hoping that the Theranos case means that the DOJ will finally start prosecuting high-tech fraud, but many folks don’t think that this will necessarily mean that the DOJ has developed a spine for this industry. As the NYT writers pointed out, executives are rarely charged with fraud, and even less often convicted.
While our stories come from different industries, both situations involve manipulating people. All the similarities between our stories come down to one: Powerful people exploited those who lacked power in order to increase personal gain.
I have just learned that the documentary, The Con, a five-part investigative docuseries revealing massive frauds committed by large banks which led to the Great Financial Crisis, is being released through multiple channels… Apple TV, Amazon, Xbox, Vimeo, and Comcast On Demand.
One of the real joys of the holiday season is to say thank you and wish you the very best of health, prosperity, happiness and success for the new year. Richard