Spring has sprung and so have new ethical issues. This week we look at agencies’ role in the opioid crisis, when is bribery, bribery, and what is a great new resource?
Robert Johnson, the host of the PR Nation Podcast, discusses a number of important ethics issues, including:
1) When national security is on the line, how to you handle public relations ethically?
2) The state of truth today
3) Why PR Pros should take a different approach when a reporter asks you about confidential information
This week the key ethics issues all dealt with creation in one way or another. Is eliminating bias enough in AI development? Can you sabotage Linux for research? What about creating chimeras for medical research?
Janelle Guthrie, the communication director for the Building Industry Association of Washington, discusses a number of important ethics issues, including:
1) What to do when you realize you have given out false information and admitting it will hurt
2) What to do if someone calls you a liar
3) How to ethically work through difficult situations
4) Why Voices4Everyone is the solution to our next ethics challenge
I was planning a nice, simple update on ethics topics this week – AI, hiring, and maybe being quirky with a story from Wichita. Then on Wednesday, I was hit with my favorite ethics story of the year from the Harvard Business Review – and a story so bad, I had to spend 20 minutes confirming it was real. Read on below.
Sherry Feldberg, a seasoned healthcare communication professional who is now the principal of Leadership Journey discusses:
1) What to do when your boss asks you to burn bridges?
2) How to speak up effectively when you are asked to compromise your personal ethics
3) The importance of building trusted relationships
4) The need to show vulnerability as a leader
This week in PR Ethics studies and reports came to the fore. From PRCA’s Annual Perspective, to an HBR study that shows banks with diverse boards commit less fraud, to a great study on what ethical managers should do more often – there is a lot of meaty reading to dig into.
Emmanuel Tchividjian, the principal of the Markus Gabriel Group, and one of the top thought leaders on ethics and communication in the world, discusses:
1) Where your duty lies when you are asked to reveal confidential information
2) The importance of civility and civil discourse
3) How the absence of truth leads to the absence of trust
4) The guiding light of hope
This week in PR ethics virtue was a key theme – from April Fool’s lies to the virtues of a successful leader to taking a stand against Georgia’s new laws – business were living up to their virtues or failing to do so. There was also an interesting report on a growing whistleblower dichotomy.
Karen Garnik, the president of Global Vision Marketing and Communications and the president of Asociación de Relacionistas Profesionales de Puerto Rico and a licensed public relations practitioner, discusses a number of important ethics issues including:
1) How apathy is threatening ethical behavior
2) Porque ser Relacionista es cosa seria – Why being a PR pro is a serious thing
3) Licensing and ethics in Puerto Rico
4) How Puerto Rico’s Licensing compares to the APR