Posts Tagged: integrity

Gagging clauses: what every business must learn from the BBC

Last week Stuart Hall, a BBC broadcaster, ‘admitted 14 charges of indecently assaulting girls, one aged nine’.

It emerged in what the BBC call a ‘Respect At Work‘ review, that ‘some behaviour appeared to go unchallenged by senior managers, with certain individuals seen as being ‘untouchable‘ due to their perceived value to the BBC’.

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Do we face the apocalypse: or are we in it?

Last week, as part of a creative project with First World War themes, I was privileged to meet the writer Nicholas Mosley.

Before we met, I researched Mosley’s fascinating  life. I did not have time to read his eighteen novels, but I could read some autobiographical work, including his relaxed account of the incident which won him the MIlitary Cross in the Second World War. It seemed to be more force of circumstance than a considered act of bravery. Mosely said:

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The whistleblower’s dilemma – what would you do?

Further to my last post on whistleblowing, and my own experience thereof, sometimes I get asked to conduct seminars and workgroups on ‘Integrity in Business’.

The most rewarding sessions are when I place the participants into a position where the thin grey line between their moral integrity and financial or career ambitions is challenged.

Let’s take a hypothetical example:

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Tomorrow never comes (unless you’re Green)

That ‘capable, most extraordinary politician’ Caroline Lucas has announced she is stepping down as leader of the Green Party. It says here this is ‘part of a strategy centred on challenging the Liberal Democrats at the next election.’

I wonder if the Greens will succeed in this objective or, indeed, if they are aware of the strategic opportunity that is staring them in the face?

In the recent London Mayor elections Jenny Jones, the Green candidate, did beat the Lib Dems. But will her party overcome their prevailing image as a bunch of environmental dreamers as out of touch with the needs of today’s world as a Woodstock hippy stick-in-the-mud awaiting the resurrection of Jimi Hendrix? Read more on Tomorrow never comes (unless you’re Green)…

A tribute to my father

My Dad died ten years ago today. As the eldest of his four sons, it fell upon me to give the eulogy at his funeral – the hardest job I have ever done.

You are unlikely to have direct interest in my father as a person but there are two facets of his character, and his life, that you might care to consider.

How many of today’s leaders would have volunteered to rebate all income earned outside their salaried job back to their employers, to the extent that by the time of his retirement my father’s employers were ‘earning’ more from him than they were paying to him?

If you have anti-colonial feelings, please consider the possibility that a great many British ‘expats’ were good people who made a positive contribution to the people and communities they lived with and in. I am proud to say my Dad was one of them. I hope you agree: Read more on A tribute to my father…

When, even if you are right, you are wrong

This is the last of my trilogy on what can happen if your boss gets in the way of your good work – and the consequences of his or her exacting revenge at the threat you have become.

The last line of my last post advised that if you have to leave, do so ‘with dignity’.

You may have gathered that I speak from personal experience. In the world of work, what follows is the one lesson I would pass on to my kids. For those young people who, I gather, read this blog early in your careers, eager to succeed and keen to learn – this one is for you. Read more on When, even if you are right, you are wrong…

Labour a confused brand

This week it is Labour’s turn to make us cringe. 

At ‘Conference’ (cringe), did Ed Miliband clarify his own position and his party’s positioning, for surely the two are intertwined?

The answer, as with all these interchangeable career politicians, is that it is very difficult to pin down what they stand for. You have to go by what they say.

But how much of what they say can you believe?

Are they people of conviction and integrity – or do they put their own careers first (even before family)? I think we all know the answer. Read more on Labour a confused brand…

Bankers bonuses need re-branding as dividends

What a difference a word makes.

This week, ‘according to American regulatory filings’, Michael Sherwood, joint CEO of Goldman Sachs London, was awarded a bonus of £9million.

In the late 1960s, in Hong Kong, my late father was appointed a non-executive director of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank.

He told me that, despite numerous other appointments and directorships, he was particularly nervous before his first Board Meeting.

This was because the responsibilities and decisions taken, including lending enormous sums of money to the Governments of other Asian countries, were so daunting. At this first meeting, he determined to do his homework but say nothing. Read more on Bankers bonuses need re-branding as dividends…

Why did I do it?

I had never been involved in politics, certainly not party politics but, in July 2007, I was asked by a friend, who headed up one of the public sector reviews in Iain Duncan Smith’s Centre for Social Justice, to cast my professional eye over the report his team had produced. 

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Give me credit!

In this new decade, the copyright wars will become fiercer than ever. And new business sectors will suffer. Just look at the threat to book publishing represented by Google’s aim to digitise and make freely available every book ever published (see Campaign Review of the Decade, 11 Dec 09).

And, as the influence of the G20 continues to overtake the old G7, so countries with looser copyright laws, especially China, India and Brazil, will loosen the ‘protection’ many clients and brands have become used to.

Of course, in advertising and marketing, the pitch process dictates that ‘ideas’ are offered for free in the hope that, by winning the account, the agency will benefit financially. Only in very seldom cases are agencies able to protect their ideas by, for example, signing the use of a celebrity to the agency rather than the client.

But one thing agencies are quite good at is claiming CREDIT, if not copyright, for their ideas. In fact, by showing their work for other clients to potential new clients, agencies rely on their ‘reel’ or other past work to shop window their skills. Read more on Give me credit!…