The only way is ethics

Why good people do bad things and how to stop us

Every company boss lays claim to integrity. Many have put money behind their words by investing heavily in compliance and conduct to stop people behaving badly.

The evidence suggests it hasn’t had much impact. Trust in companies is unchanged over the last decade and the level of observed misconduct was the same in 2015 as in 2009. Behavioral science reveals why the conventional rule-based, top-down approaches to compliance, conduct and integrity have only a limited effect, and can even do harm.

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What we think

6 reasons good people do bad things
You are a good person. Your managers are good people, and so are your staff. So why do bad things happen in your business? Broadly, there are six reasons that good people use to justify bad behavior. In our past blog post, we looked at some of the more common place issues, which any one would recognize within themselves. In...
Why good people do bad things
For all the investment in compliance, we are no more compliant than we were a decade ago. Surprised? Behavioral scientists aren’t. Countless research shows why traditional approaches to compliance have little impact and may well be making things worse.
Why following the rules isn’t enough
The compliance industry is booming, but businesses still behave badly. That's because most solutions rely on an economist's view: i.e. how people should behave, not how they do. Behavioral science could hold the answer. Read Mind Gym CEO Octavius Black's recent contribution to
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