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Understanding ESG ratings to add the Whistleblowing Matrix as an Attribute

Click on the image below to access a two minute video to explore if you're a marshmallow or acorn thinker. 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 assets have [...]

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|

How Thinking About Our-SELVES Can Influence Our Behaviours

When I tell my story of blowing the whistle on the CEOs of LeisureNet Ltd, I share how much courage was required to overcome the natural psychological conflict I experienced in the moments before speaking out. "I felt like everything I believed about who I was, my sense of self, [...]

April 13th, 2020|

How Conflict In A Team Can Interrupt Honest And Open Reporting Cultures

I’m placing this four- minute video right at the top of my blog as I want it to invoke your thoughts and feelings about how you hold yourself responsible for the words you use. As you'll see, ‘rapping on bullshit’ is dishonest and inauthentic, fueling team conflict which can spill outside meetings [...]

March 5th, 2020|

Why Is The Real-World Difficulty Of Speaking Up, Listening Up And Whistleblowing Being Ignored?

“One thing a person cannot do, no matter how rigorous his analysis or heroic his imagination is to draw up a list of things that would never occur to him.” Thomas Schelling Economist and Nobel laureate  Whenever and wherever I speak in the world, sharing my story and the teaching [...]

January 31st, 2020|

Would ‘One Bad Day’ Cancel the Courage of your Convictions?

Aligned with the song by Daniel Powter, Bad Day, most of us can get through one bad day. But how many of us can get through many bad days, many bad weeks, bad months or even bad years?  How many of us can get through them and retain our belief in a just [...]

December 5th, 2019|

Want to Speak-Listen Up? Anchor your Stress Response to your Value of Caring.

Are you more conscious than the average oyster? I hope so! When a few grains of grit get inside the oyster shell, the oyster doesn’t run and hide from the irritant. Nor does the oyster hire its litigation team or stress management team to spend millions trying to get rid [...]

November 1st, 2019|