I'm teaching a workshop on ethical decision making in Phoenix on April 4.
The topic sounds easy until you encounter those Right versus Right situations where one virtue must prevail over another. Some of the nicest people are capable of doing some very unethical things and so checking out our rationalizations - and aren't we creative when it comes to those? - can be the equivalent of getting a flu shot.
An odd aspect of ethics training, however, is it can be exhausting. A strange silence falls as people churn over the times when their behavior was questionable or perhaps, in retrospect, just flat-out unethical.
I'm hardly immune from this so it's not as if the participants are getting training from a saint.
When management is the topic, we often talk about the importance of the basics. The subject of ethics is about as basic as it gets. At your next staff meeting, ask people about the situations in which honesty is optional. Listen carefully to the responses.
I guarantee that they'll be interesting.