What Are the Top Ethics Challenges, Skills and Deficiencies Facing Public Relations Professionals? Marlene Neill, PhD, APR

Marlene Neill, PhD, APR, assistant professor at Baylor University and a top PR and ethics researcher discusses:
• What are the top ethics issues facing public relations professionals
• What are the top ethics KSAs for public relations professionals
• What ethics skills are PR professionals lacking
• How PR professionals can help

What do the World’s Most Ethical Companies Have in Common: Ethisphere’s Erica Salmon Byrne Answers that Question

Erica Salmon Byrne, executive director of the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance, for Ethisphere, sheds insight on a number of key ethics issues for business and public relations. Specifically she addresses:
• Common characteristics of the World’s Most Ethical Companies
• Best practices in ethics training
• How to be an effective ethics counselor
• Ethics challenges we will face today and tomorrow

How One Innocent Question Can Cause A Huge Ethical Challenge – Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA

Joining me on this week’s Ethical Voices episode is Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, an adjunct professor of communication at the University of Tampa and a PR pro with 35 years of experience with the federal government and non-profits.
Kirk provides some great advice and anecdotes including:
• How an innocent question can cause a huge ethical challenge
• Why you need to question everything
• The best ethics advice he ever received

What to Do When Your Employer Lies to You and Your Bosses Issue Conflicting Orders: Felicia Blow, APR

Joining me on this week’s episode is Felicia Blow, APR. She is the Associate Vice President for Development and Director of Campaigns at Hampton University in Virginia. Felicia consistently brings great insight and straight talk to every situation.

In our recent conversation, Felicia touched on a number of important topics including:
• How to make the ethical choice when your bosses issue conflicting orders
• What to do when your employer lies to you
• New areas of PR ethics concerns
• The best ethics advice she ever received

Three Places to Find Ethics Advice: The Mirror, The Torah and Poor Word Choices – Roger Friedensen, APR

Joining me on this week’s episode is Roger Friedensen, a partner at Forge Communications, which is a research and communication strategy firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. Roger is a great PR professional and an even better guitar player.
In this interview, Roger discusses:
• When poor word choice can cause an ethics crisis
• How technology will create new ethics dilemmas
• The power of looking in the mirror
• Practical ethics advice from the Torah

Building an Ethical Team and Avoiding Unexpected Ethics Pitfalls: Steve Cody

Joining me on this week’s episode is Steve Cody, the founder and CEO of Peppercomm, a purpose-driven, strategic, integrative communications and marketing agency. Frankly, Steve is one of the most incisive and insightful PR pros I have ever met.
In this free-wheeling discussion, Steve addressed a number of key ethical issues including:
• Unexpected ethics pitfalls
• How to build an ethical team
• Where companies and agencies fail ethically
• Ethics in research
• Diversity failures

Leadership Challenges of Ethics and Intellectual Property: Elise Mitchell, APR

Joining me on this week’s episode is Elise Mitchell, the chairman of Mitchell Communications Group and CEO of the Dentsu Public Relations network. Elise is one of the most inspiring and insightful communications executives whom I have ever met and the author of a great book on leadership: Leading Through the Turn.
In a very engaging discussion, Elise highlights:
• Ethics issues with Intellectual Property
• How to avoid accidentally infringing on other companies’ IP
• Companies stealing agencies IP
• Creating a culture of try
• The best ethics advice she ever received

Unexpected Ethics Challenges With Plant Closings and Fake News: Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA

Joining me on this week’s episode of Ethical Voices is Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA, the president of McDougall Communications, and the former global vice president of corporate communications with Bausch and Lomb.
In this fascinating and practical interview, Mike provides outstanding advice for dealing with difficult issues, including:
• Unexpected issues with plant closings
• Dealing with real ‘Fake News’ issues (i.e. when your client makes things up)
• Data privacy
• The best ethics advice he ever received