What Are The Building Blocks For Ethical Organizations?

The most ethical organizations consistently utilize building blocks leading to their success. Much akin to assembling Legos they systematically place building blocks in patterns that result in strong and unshakable foundations.

America’s pastime, baseball, has an achievement for batters called hitting for the cycle. What does that mean? A batter hits a single, double, triple, and a home run in one game. It is indeed a rare feat; but these players prove that they can consistently hit a baseball with some pop. While perhaps not comparably as rare, building values based organizations that are ethical has proved to be more challenging than imagined.

What are the essential building blocks for ethical organizations?

✅ Recruit personnel that have values, are ethical, and culturally fit. All too often organizations focus on a candidate’s past experiences and achievements in hopes of alignment with the requirements of the position. Unfortunately, they overlook a person’s values that usually drive performance.
✅ Commit significant resources for on board training. Organizations have unrealistic expectations of new personnel “hitting the ground running.” It is a cliche that ought to be flushed down the nearest toilet. In addition, we often see a lack of a formal & lengthy training programs that assist people at all levels so they can fit it and contribute.
✅ Continue to train and make retention a strategic priority. Employees favorably respond to organizations that take a consistent interest in their people. I believe that most people wish to improve their skill sets and learn new ones. Most organizations under train leading to workers eventually disconnecting and becoming dissatisfied.
✅ Mentoring is one of the most underutilized yet powerful initiatives any organization can embark on. In the purest sense it reflects what purposeful leadership should be and look like. Mentoring can provide meaningful feedback, direction, and point to new opportunities that might not normally occur. It is an essential building block.

My friends please remember this: respect, consideration, and courtesy matter a lot. Treat others fairly, decently, and equally.

Build your moral compasses carefully and always monitor them daily.

You know the battle cry: do your best each day. No one can ask more or less from any of us.

All the best / blessings, Mark

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Mark Faris
Mark Farishttp://mpvethics.com/
MARK was born in New York City and currently lives in Minneapolis. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with a B.A. in sociology and speech communications. His entire career spanning 36 years has been in executive sales, marketing, business development, and organizational strategy. He has started and owned three businesses, including a $23 million computer networking company, started up two new sales divisions for publicly telecommunication/data companies including Sprint/Nextel, and was a Board Member for a $225 million U.K. technology manufacturer and distributor. He currently is President of MPV Ethics, LLC., an ethics training and consulting company working with organizations to build better ethical cultures. Mark also has the unique distinction of being convicted for two felonies: mail/wire fraud and money laundering and spent eleven months in a federal prison and halfway house returning to his family in June 2010. He has given over 150 presentations to high school students, universities, B-schools, law schools, and professional audiences regarding the importance of personal and business ethics in our lives. At the core of his renewed philosophy is identification of purpose, building a strong moral compass that helps us effectively deal with dilemmas of all types and sizes. His passion to teach, enrich, and develop others be successful , accountable, and improving the lives of others.