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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|

Why Didn’t You Just Ask? Are You Underestimating Your own Influence on others?

Like most whistleblowers I felt utterly alone before and after speaking out, especially in the knowledge that my peer group knew what I knew but had remained silent. But what would or could have happened if I had asked individuals in my group to join me in speaking out, to [...]

August 24th, 2016|

Are You A Co Operator Or An Accomplice?

When last did you co operate without asking questions? In my own experience, as an executive team member who refused to co operate without asking, I was dismayed by my peers' bias to co operate blindly. It was partly due to their co operation that unethical practices cascaded into significant [...]

August 1st, 2016|

Will The ‘Smartest Men In The Room’ Hear Your VOICE?

As a corporate professional operating as the Group Treasurer at Board level I found myself being the only female executive in my team.  As a result, I was mainly excluded from what I experienced as gender orientated-tribal behaviour; the back slapping boys club, often spoken over or crowded out. I was [...]

July 16th, 2016|