The 2008 financial crisis, the worst in our history and the egregious fraud, greed and corruption which led to it, impacted not just the banking world but businesses and individuals worldwide.
And, it could well have easily been prevented if best business practices had been followed.
For the last two years, my team and I have been researching and writing weekly on critical issues in business and government that impact our economy in three primary areas of focus: ethics, government policy and whistleblowing. Our goal was to explore the best and worst practices of management in these areas. And from these articles we have compiled the most popular to include in this book; giving you insights to several areas, in one place: my new book, “Business Ethics Lessons Learned…A Citigroup Whistleblower’s Perspective.“
With the overall lens of ethics you’ll find articles that illustrate and prove how critical ethical behavior is to the overall performance, productivity and shareholder value of a company. Those companies with the most ethical culture value feedback from their employees and take action to ensure that values are followed and preserved and become an integral way of doing business.
In the government policy area we explore how too many times government formulation of policy and regulations are antithetical to ethical behavior, do not hold people accountable and in turn how this continually harms our society and our financial well being.
The whistleblowing category discusses the many instances of where accepted unethical behavior drives more of the same behaviors within companies, industries and government. My personal experience as a witness to fraudulent practices led to becoming a whistleblower and eventually being banned from my profession. I can attest to, personally and professionally, how greed, corruption and a total disregard for stakeholders harms a company and society.
William D. Cohan, one of America’s most respected financial journalists and author of the recently released Why Wall Street Matters; House of Cards and several other best sellers was kind enough to write the Foreword that puts the financial debacle, the greed on Wall Street, and outrageous government behavior into a succinct perspective you’ll enjoy reading.
Special thank you’s to my colleague and editor Niki McCuistion and to GC Publishing for their hard work and dedication to make this book possible.
I hope you enjoy these articles and I sincerely hope they give you additional perspective in making management decisions that increase your organization’s overall success.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Richard M. Bowen
The book is also available as an electronic download, viewable on all devices. Click here for ebook version. http://amzn.to/2qTuPvK
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