Whistleblowing

Artful Paltering – using truthful statements to mislead others

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq7Lf2SzM6M Referring to his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, U.S. President Bill Clinton claimed “there is not a sexual relationship.” The Starr Commission later discovered that there “had been” a sexual relationship, but that it had ended months before Clinton’s interview with Jim Lehrer. During the interview, Clinton made a [...]

September 8th, 2021|

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|

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|

SAFE And SOUND Or SAFE And SORRY?

It happens every time.  As I walk off stage having shared my story of whistleblowing on the biggest corporate collapse in South Africa’s history, individuals converge to engage with me.  Some shake my hand and thank me for speaking out, others inquire about best whistleblowing practice or the laws protecting whistleblowers.  [...]

June 28th, 2016|

Mind the Gap between Account and Ability: The FCA + the Senior Managers Regime for Accountability

The new UK rules on personal responsibility places firms and senior managers into a new world of regulatory requirements and obligations. It remains to be seen how industry standards will develop to protect well-intentioned senior managers from being held responsible for their firms’ regulatory breaches and how firms might structure [...]

June 5th, 2016|