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CCOs and the absurdity of executive hypocrisy

Joe Mont | September 12, 2018

The beauty of being in the compliance field (or writing about it) is that within any day’s news cycle, there are lessons to learn and debates to be had.

President Trump, for example, is on the warpath over Oval Office leaks to journalist Bob Woodward. Stripped of histrionics and politics, there just might be valuable academic discussions to be had, including such matters as the role of whistleblowers, retaliation against those employees, internal investigations, and even the forensic skills needed to unearth problematic conversations, memos, and e-mails.

Another worthy topic for CCOs is the balancing act between what is legal versus verboten by employees and executives. If the recreational use of marijuana is legal in California, should we care that Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk took a drag during a recent podcast?

There is no denying that Musk has been as unhinged as a boa constrictor’s jaw these days. The puff-puff-pass sniffed around the world,...

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