Ethical Voices

Category: Enhancing the Profession

Total 13 Posts

What do ethical PR professionals do when they are faced with conflicting loyalties? Todd Van Hoosear

Todd Van Hoosear, the Chief Engagement Officer for Business Breakthrough Network and a visiting instructor at Boston University, discusses a number of important ethics topics, including:

1) What do ethical PR professionals do when they are faced with conflicting loyalties?

2) The ethics challenges of a post-truth era

3) The need for action to change the perception of PR

What do you do when you are asked to stonewall on a public health issue? – Sam Villegas, APR

Sam Villegas, APR, a Senior Consultant with Raftelis shares insight on:

1) What do you do when you are asked to stonewall on a public health issue?

2) When should you act as a whistle blower?

3) How do you effectively respond to disinformation and fear-based attacks?

The ethical trap of enabling toxic, abusive high-performers: Lisa Gralnek

Lisa Gralnek, the Principal and Founder of LVG & Co., has some great insight to share, including:

1) The ethical trap of enabling toxic, abusive high-performers
2) How can companies best live their values?
3) Why you shouldn’t always fall on your sword
4) The perils of “me before we”

If It’s Not Painful at Times to Stand by Your Core Values, You’re Doing it Wrong – Tara McDonagh

Tara McDonagh, the president of Tara McDonagh Communications caught my attention with a LinkedIn post in June, where she stated if it’s not painful at times to stand by your core values, you’re doing it wrong.

During our discussion, Tara highlighted:

1) How do you stay true to your values and not simply chase the money?
2) Why you need to focus on character, not reputation
3) Why you can’t rely on others’ moral compasses

Do organizations that make mistakes on race and systemic injustice deserve help? – Kelley Chunn

Kelley Chunn, the principal of Kelley Chunn and Associates, discusses a number of important ethics issues, including:

1) What to do when your employer and you have diametrically different ideas?
2) Do organizations that make mistakes on race and systemic injustice deserve help?
3) Advice for making substantive diversity strides

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 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

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

How to Tell Someone They Are Being Unethical – Dave Close

Joining me on this week’s episode is Dave Close, the retired managing director of MSL Boston. I have known Dave for more than 25 years and frankly I do not know anyone who is a better example of character, ethics and compassion.

In the interview, Dave discusses a number of topics including:

How to tell a client they are being unethical
Little ethics fails: avoiding the slippery slope
Ethics challenges and new business
The best ethics advice he ever received

Ethics of Diversity and Inclusion – How Not to Be a Stepford Agency – Mickey Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA

Joining me on this weeks’ episode is Mickey Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA, a Professional-In-Residence at the University of Florida, the former Managing Director of Ogilvy Atlanta, and a former Chair of PRSA. What I love about Mickey is the wit and insight he brings to every discussion.

In this week’s episode, he discusses:

The ethics of diversity and inclusion (How to avoid being a Stepford firm and how to take the first inclusion steps)
How to fight unconscious bias
The ethics of time sheets
The importance of breathing