MakingWaves Blog
  1. LRN Home
  2. About

Talking Values Episode 304 - The Freedom Index

Read More

Topics: Talking Values Podcast

Talking Values Episode 303 - Insights From LRN's 2013 Ethics & Compliance Leadership Survey Report

“Program Effectiveness” is a term Ethics & Compliance (E&C) professionals frequently use as they strive to understand whether or not their companies’ investment and effort are paying off.  Those who manage E&C programs generally collect and report whatever is immediately measurable, such as number of helpline calls or code violations, and while this information is helpful, it doesn’t tell us which programs are particularly effective or what those programs have in common. Every year, LRN conducts a survey of our client partners across the globe to get a pulse of which ethics and compliance tools work and which don’t work as well – and why.  In this episode of Talking Values, host Michael Bramnick and LRN colleague Wayne Brody discuss this year’s E&C Survey and some of its surprising findings.  

 

Read More

Topics: 2013 Ethics & Compliance Leadership Survey Report, Talking Values Podcast

Talking Values Episode 302 - Mitigating Whistleblower Risk: What Ethics & Compliance Leaders Need to Know

Thanks to Edward Snowden, whistleblowers have been a hot media topic lately. Snowden represents a pretty unique case, but the reality is that many companies deal with whistleblowing and its legal implications.  Whistleblowers may either report misconduct to the internal ethics and compliance function at their company, or they may report it to a governmental agency.  In this episode of Talking Values, host Michael Bramnick and LRN colleagues Mark Rowe and Keith Read discuss how ethics and compliance leaders should be thinking about whistleblowers, and how to handle both internal and external reporting.  

Read More

Topics: Talking Values Podcast

Talking Values Episode 301 – Big Banks and Culture

Big banks seem to be in the press every day receiving massive fines, but it appears that they will be settling with the federal government to finally put a stop to litigation that has dogged the industry for the 5 years since the financial crisis due to credit default swaps on mortgages that crippled homeowners.   In this episode of Talking Values, host Michael Bramnick and LRN colleagues Wayne Brody and Caterina Bulgarella PhD will discuss the deeper issues at play within these banks that allowed such risky behavior to happen in the first place.  Caterina Bulgarella holds her PhD in Organizational Psychology from NYU, and has spent 10 years researching and analyzing how different company management policies affect employee behavior. 

Read More

Topics: Talking Values Podcast

Talking Values Episode 118 - Thinking Critically About Risk

Companies have traditionally set ethics and compliance priorities by making policies that avoid past issues – but now, companies are encouraged to look forward and analyze a landscape of risk when it comes to compliance.  Today, risk assessment is considered one of the hallmarks of an effective ethics and compliance programs and regulators are looking at whether or not an ethics and compliance program makes sense in a risk based context.  In this episode of Talking Values, host Michael Bramnick and LRN colleagues Wayne Brody and Keith Read discuss why taking a fresh eye to risk requires a deep understanding of the way an organization works, and the importance of adapting your approach to risks and ethics & compliance as a whole as your business changes over time.  

Read More

Topics: Talking Values Podcast

Talking Values Episode 117 - Articulating and Acting on Values

We all come to work with our own moral code and set of values.  But sometimes, we have trouble voicing them when someone in a position of power asks something that, in our personal lives, we’d see as “wrong.”  After all, it takes courage to tell a boss she might not be making a principled decision.  An ethical workplace culture would allow room for employees to articulate – and then, if appropriate, act on – their values.  In this episode of Talking Values, host Michael Bramnick, and LRN colleagues Dr. Marsha Ershagi-Hames and Dr. Ted Nunez, talk about how practice makes perfect when it comes to engaging employees in exercises that present relevant ethical dilemmas that are easy to identify with.  In so doing, employees are able to collaborate with their colleagues and develop a sense of shared accountability with regard to voicing values in the workplace.

Read More

Topics: Talking Values Podcast

Talking Values Episode 116 - Ethics and the Board of Directors

Part of a Board of Directors' mandate is to know about the content and operations of a company’s ethics and compliance program, and to have “reasonable oversight” of its implementation and effectiveness. For Compliance Officers, two concerns immediately come to mind. First, what information does the Board of Directors need to ensure that they are ‘knowledgeable’ about the program? Second, what constitutes ‘reasonable oversight’?  Host Michael Bramnick and LRN colleagues Keith Read and Wayne Brody discuss the answers to both – and the timing of letting the board know about a compliance concern.

Read More

Topics: Talking Values Podcast

Talking Values Episode 115 - Using Interactive Workshops to Make Tough Ethical Questions Come Alive

One mark of an impactful Ethics and Compliance program is by helping employees practice how they can handle tough situations.  While many company programs measure their impact by the range of topics covered and frequency of education, and while these are important factors, it's also important to consider the effectiveness of the delivery. We all learn in different ways, and blended (or live) learning  can use a combination of a visual or text prompt, open discussion, and instruction from an in-person professional, is a highly effective way to model and practice ethical behavior. In this installment of Talking Values, Host Michael Bramnick, and LRN colleagues Dr. Marsha Ershagi-Hames and Dr. Ted Nunez, explore blended learning as a strategy to facilitate engaging ethics and compliance education.

Read More

Topics: Talking Values Podcast

Talking Values Episode 114 – Should Multinational Companies Have a Single Global Standard for Employee Behavior?

Read More

Topics: Talking Values Podcast

Talking Values Episode 113 - Cutting-Edge Behavioral Research Can Inform Ethics Education Relative to How We Think

Read More

Topics: Talking Values Podcast