I am my own Hero

I am my own Hero I am my own Hero - a shortened version of my talk at United Sucess Women's Entrepreneurial Symposium in Amsterdam, June 2013 Click on Video to view.

July 23rd, 2013|

Wendy Addison Helps Whistleblowers

Wendy Addison helps Whistleblowers By Poala van de Velde   AMSTERDAM – Like no other, Wendy Addison knows what Edward Snowden, who this week blew the whistle on extensive eavesdropping and mail-reading practices, is going through. ´He is literally running for his live´. Wendy is a whistleblower as well and [...]

June 17th, 2013|

Whistleblower Hotline at NSPCC?

Indeed. Why then when I offered my services to the NSPCC did I get the 'standard' email in response:'Thank you for contacting the NSPCC, if you are reporting concerns or seeking advice about the welfare of a child we will respond within 24hrs, if you are asking for information about [...]

May 5th, 2013|

Whistleblowing for Change

Transparency International 's Conference on Whistleblowing, Berlin 2013.

April 2nd, 2013|

Fiduciary Duties + Whistleblowing Procedures

In the book Republic, Plato 1974, Glaucon's view is that we should trust others only if we are confident that they fear detection and punishment sufficiently to deter them from harming us.It is only relatively recently that we have seen the introduction of legislation which recognises the importance of whistleblowing [...]

March 15th, 2013|

Static Narratives and the Avoidance of Ethical concerns

All companies have narratives—mission statements, principles, and core values— that communicate the identity and purpose of the firm to its stakeholders, especially the employees. A story that defines a firm’s purpose, mission, and values can empower managers to search for and identify new opportunities that fit within the company’s moral [...]

March 4th, 2013|

Creating a Culture of Candour – BEGIN WITH YOURSELF

Do you know how to speak to your own truth effectively?  Do you know how to hear the truth well, when it’s spoken to you? In the world of work, conspiracies of silence are enormously damaging and all but universal. We have all worked in places where no one addressed [...]

February 12th, 2013|

Whistleblowing, Ethics in Diverse Cultures

In the wake of Enron, Parmalat, WorldCom, Siemens, Tyco, LeisureNet and the many other corporate scandals that have littered the early years of this millennium, whistleblowing has become a focal point for attention from corporations and their stakeholders. There is considerable concern surrounding whether those individuals who are in a [...]

February 5th, 2013|


There are two approaches to building organisational culture:One has a deficit focus: detect errors, analyse root causes, plan remedies, and implement corrections. The second has an appreciative, positive focus: seek and draw out human strengths so the organisation self-organises to be even better.With respect to company ethics, the first approach, [...]

January 31st, 2013|

Beware of the YES men

Fear or Favour – Rank or Yank and the Golden Boy/Girl SyndromeOne of the dirty little secrets of many organizations is a debilitating caste system that identifies a few as stars, who are then rewarded and afforded special privileges, and damns the rest as mediocrities who are expected to be [...]

January 29th, 2013|