Dear Barclays CEO; Mr Staley, it doesn’t have to be this way

There has been appropriate outrage at your actions in seeking to unmask a whistleblower at Barclays Bank. The angry rhetoric is a reaction to the misalignment with what the ‘Barclays Way Code of Conduct’ invites workers to do to raise concerns and your actual response. You hold a powerful position, you [...]

September 4th, 2017|

In All The Legal Manoeuvring, Something Gets Lost – The Truth

Helpful laws make things easier. Unhelpful laws do exactly the opposite, making everyone’s lives harder.  The problem is that unhelpful laws often end up in a kind of legal Bermuda Triangle with no one empowered or resourced to change them. A university student cautiously approached me following my lecture on [...]

August 8th, 2017|

Fairness Versus Loyalty: The Whistleblower Trade-Off

Life is filled with diverging paths, and which path one takes in life often defines one’s purpose. Many times, the paths are clearly illuminated so that it is obvious which is the right one and which is the wrong one. Should I help an old man who slipped on the [...]

July 19th, 2017|

Are Whistleblowers Saints Or Sinners? Are Felons Villains Or Victims?

The title of my blog is also a question to readers.  Before going any further write down your answer. Question Two: Who do you believe feels the most emotional pain as a result of their actions and social labeling?   Using the graphic below insert Saint, Sinner, Villain or Victim under [...]

May 27th, 2017|

Liar, Liar – it’s your Brain that’s on Fire!

Digressions from a moral code are often described as a series of small breaches that grow over time. My own experience underscores this where, in my whistleblowing case against the CEOs of LeisureNet Ltd, a part of my testimony was revealing what had begun as small ethical breaches which resulted [...]

March 25th, 2017|

Word-Deed Misalignment – Do You Walk Your Talk?

‘Let’s do lunch next week’   ‘I’ll call you next Friday’    ‘I’ll send through the contract on Tuesday’    ‘Of course I’ll speak up’    ‘I’ll email you with the report’   ‘I’ll advance your concerns’ Ever had any of these said to you?  Perhaps you’ve said them yourself to others?  The [...]

February 27th, 2017|

Persuasions for Silence – Commission, Inducement or Bribery?

“It takes a team to pull off a good corporate fraud.” – Floyd Norris (New York Times, 2007) Have you ever been in a position when someone in a position of seniority has offered you a commission or an inducement to influence your behaviour? I have. One year before blowing the [...]

January 31st, 2017|

SELF DECEPTION – The Ethical Bleach That Removes The Willingness To Speak Up

“To see the self as deceiving itself has seemed the only way to explain what might otherwise be incomprehensible: a person’s failure to acknowledge what is too obvious to miss” (Bok, 1989) Most of us would like to believe that if we had been at Enron or at any of [...]

December 22nd, 2016|

Alone against the Group: Threat or Challenge?

Have you ever been in a situation when you’ve anticipated feeling negatively threatened, only to be surprised to experience the positive invigorating experience of challenge instead? Most of us have, whether it’s before a test, a competition, social interaction, public speaking or speaking up. New research from Associate Professor Mark [...]

November 26th, 2016|

VW: The Challenge of Whistleblowing on Business as Usual

A hand shot up from the lecture hall.  ‘I don’t understand’, a young Economics undergraduate said, looking perplexed, ‘surely a company’s executives would want to know about unethical practices in the organisation?’ I was lecturing on Corporate Governance at Warwick Business School and had just introduced the topic of Whistleblowing [...]

October 28th, 2016|