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Your Voice as a Vaccine for Bullshit

      A CEO transcript of a conference call to Investors post a Merger and Acquisition: What does this narrative actually mean? Perhaps you’ve experienced a similar kind of empty and misleading narrative, produced in a shallow way and intended to lead to some kind of surface agreement.  Did you ever [...]

April 11th, 2021|

Are Whistleblowing Laws working?

A new report, Are Whistleblowing Laws Working? A Global Study of Whistleblower Protection Litigation, tracks the records of whistleblower laws in 38 countries and provides an unprecedented effort to understand the successes and shortcomings of whistleblower protection legislation worldwide, following a proliferation of laws in recent decades. Co-published by the International Bar [...]

March 2nd, 2021|

Retaliatory Schadenfreude and why Whistleblowing Laws can’t Protect against Retaliation.

Revenge is sweet and not fattening. –Alfred Hitchcock Whistleblowing legislation has focused and promoted itself around protecting a whistleblower from retaliation.  However, the word protect is a misnomer. The etymology of the word Protect arises from Latin, to ‘cover something upfront’.  Think about the word prophylactic and you'll get it! The meaning [...]

February 3rd, 2021|

Every Relationship begins with a Conversation, which invokes the ‘liking gap’ in Groups and Teams

Ever been in a situation where, despite your efforts, a baby ends up howling hysterically when you speak and coo to it?  Awkward right?  Watch .13 seconds of real world awkwardness below: […]

January 5th, 2021|

Where Does Conflict Within Teams Originate?

Think of a time that you experienced conflict when working in a team (e.g., Work team, your student organisations, sports team, class teams, etc.) and describe the life of that conflict—what was the conflict about? How did it start, evolve, and finish? How many team members were involved when the [...]

November 30th, 2020|

Understanding ESG ratings to add the Whistleblowing Matrix as an Attribute

Click on the video below to access a two minute video to explore if you're a marshmallow or acorn thinker. http://youtube.com/watch?v=tquWQrf5uSo&t=41s ESG (Environment, Social Concerns, Governance) ratings are increasingly influencing financial decisions, with potentially far-reaching effects on asset prices and corporate policies.  Investors with over $80 trillion in combined [...]

September 9th, 2020|

Breaking the mould: ESG as an Informational Function to Speaking Up in the Public Interest

We are in the midst of a regulatory arms race to rein in corporate power. Milton Friedman entered the stage during a slump in the economy in the 1970s, an ideal moment for him to influence the deregulation of the Reagan Era. Today, we find ourselves at another inflection point. [...]

August 5th, 2020|

What’s The Link Between An Organisations’ Purpose And Speaking Out In The Public Interest?

“Why should I care?  I know the priority du jour is going to change and what's really expected of me is to make my boss look like he knows what he’s doing.  Its not like we’re all in this together."The above comment was made by one of my senior executive [...]

July 7th, 2020|

Why won’t you Listen to me?

Sitting around the Boardroom table at the corporation I blew the whistle on, LeisureNet Ltd, I heard one of our directors blatantly lying to Barclays bank about our financial position.  This was to persuade Barclays to provide additional lending, to keep our organisation afloat. As you can see from this [...]

June 4th, 2020|

When the World is Uncertain Tilt toward the Future by Concentrating on the Present

The Coronavirus captures the essence of true uncertainty and as a result, most approaches to mitigate the spread are naturally being made with a risk mindset. Every day we are constantly expected to decide between the present and the future. For example, should we spend money on a nice vacation [...]

April 30th, 2020|