Ever notice how life happens while we’re making other plans? There is no doubt we are living in a dangerous, uncertain world. We may think we have it all together and then along comes Covid-19, which represents a crisis we could not have anticipated. The result, a world in turmoil, in fear and desperation. In… [Read More]
Another Non-Ethical Poster Child
Making ethical decisions and conducting business in an ethical way is a key component to future profitability and a litmus test for keeping productive, committed employees. Yet to date too many companies do not operate from this foundation. Ken Blanchard and Norman Vincent Peale in their bestselling book, The Power of Ethical Management, advocate asking… [Read More]
Corruption Doesn’t Live Here Anymore!
Imagine a school assembly in Anywhere, USA. The announcer takes the stage and with great fanfare says, “Attention, teachers, students, parents and welcomed guests, we are honored to present this year’s anti-corruption award to our very own anti-corruption hero… and this year’s recipient is …!” Now at the moment, this is not an award that… [Read More]
Life on the Fast Track
Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford at age 19 to start a new career. She founded Theranos, which was a privately held health technology corporation initially touted as a breakthrough technology company in the blood-testing market. The money and glory were huge. In a few short years, Ms. Holmes grew the company to a valuation of $9 billion. Ms…. [Read More]
What Do We Need To Do To Increase Accountability?
The last several months’ impeachment trials and the media furor it generated has focused a spotlight on whistleblowing and raised much-needed awareness on this issue. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 have provisions that were intended to prevent businesses from firing or demoting employees who reported fraudulent behavior to authorities…. [Read More]
Singing the Varsity Blues
Operation Varsity Blues, the multi-million dollar college admissions scandal involving 52 defendants, including celebrities, coaches, college admissions and business people, holds the dubious distinction of being the largest college admissions scandal in the history of the United States. The mastermind orchestrating the bribes, William “Rick” Singer, CEO of his charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, funneled… [Read More]
An American Nightmare!
Is the American Dream becoming an American Nightmare? Recently I wrote about the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index published annually since 1995 by Transparency International, which ranks countries “by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by ‘expert assessments’ and opinion surveys.” This year’s study highlighted the relationship between politics, money and corruption. The disturbing news is that the United… [Read More]
The recently released 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index produced by Transparency International, the world’s leading anti-corruption coalition, shows some disturbing trends. The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is an index published annually since 1995 by Transparency International, which ranks countries “by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by ‘expert assessments’ and opinion surveys.” This year’s study highlighted the relationship between… [Read More]
Visiting with the Investments and Wealth Institute
It was an honor to address the Retirement Management Forum, an annual conference of Retirement Management Advisors sponsored by the Investments and Wealth Institute (IWI) in Hollywood recently, well Hollywood, Florida that is. I spoke to IWI conferences in 2015 and again in 2017 so it felt like being reunited with old friends. Established in… [Read More]
Crisis of Conscience: Is Fraud on the Upswing?
Journalist Tom Mueller’s most recent book, Crisis of Conscience, Whistleblowing In An Age of Fraud, was the focus of a recent McCuistion TV program on KERA, PBS Dallas. Dr. Mueller and Marianne Jennings, JD, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University and author of The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse, joined hosts Jim Falk and Dennis McCuistion to talk… [Read More]
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