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Character really counts toward the bottom line

Bill Coffin | May 30, 2017

There is a great line from the movie Pulp Fiction, in which the suave troubleshooter Winston Wolf tells our protagonists, “Just because you are a character doesn’t mean you have character.” Indeed.

As compliance reaches a major threshold of maturity as a profession and as a discipline, it is integrating ethics at a fundamental level, with the understanding that an ethical company has a far better compliance record than an unethical one. It makes sense, but it can be hard to argue that when the pressures that lead to unethical behavior—sales figures, fears over competition, toxic culture—begin to mount. With that in mind, the trick seems to be how to make a solid business case for doing the right thing. And for that, I turned to author Fred Kiel, Ph.D, whose book Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win, discusses how leaders can develop good character, how to get a high-character mindset to spread across an organization... To get the full story, subscribe now.