An Eye for Ethics
Ethical dilemmas aren’t always clear. In fact, ethics are often challenging because we live in a world of “gray”, where clear-cut answers are elusive. While some ethical problems are obvious, most ethical dilemmas require us to choose between two competing values. As such, the first step in ethical decision-making is to identify when we have found ourselves in a moral dilemma.
In this session participants will develop an “eye for ethics.” We will discuss how we identify when we are in an ethical dilemma and what do we do when find ourselves there. Using a blend of interactive discussion, activities, and information sharing, we will explore how to identify the “gray” that government officials sometimes face. Drawing from practical case studies focused on issues such as: 1) conflicts of interest and self-dealing; 2) favoritism, cronyism, and nepotism; and 3) whistle-blowing; participants will be challenged to think about the times they have faced an ethical dilemma and how to connect that experience with their current role in government. We will discuss the human tendency to rationalize behavior, the slippery slope of fraud, and what happens when pressure, rationalization and opportunity intersect.
Finally, we examine the common types of ethical dilemmas faced by government officials and discuss guiding principles to navigate an uncertain landscape.
- Explore common rationalizations: how people convince themselves that wrongdoing is OK
- Examine the slippery slope of fraud: how these rationalizations and other factors can move people toward unethical behavior
- Understand Cressey’s Fraud Triangle: corrupt behavior occurs when pressure, rationalization, and opportunity come together
- Receive a very brief review of relevant Indiana criminal statutes and a non-attorney’s description of the type of behavior they cover
- Examine the challenges of Conflicts of Interest and Self-dealing
- Learn about Favoritism, Cronyism, and Nepotism
- Understand the ethics of Whistle Blowing
- Participate in practical case-studies designed to replicate real-life ethical dilemmas faced by government officials
Register now! Please choose the session that fits your schedule best.
NOTE: This is a custom program for the City of Muncie and is only available for city employees and pre-authorized representatives.
Monday, November 30th 8:30a-Noon
Monday, December 7th 12:30p-4p