Ethical Voices

Category: Honesty

Total 18 Posts

When Lite isn’t Lite: Ethical Issues with Misleading Claims – Ron Culp

Joining me on this week’s episode is Ron Culp, the director of the Public Relations and Advertising Masters Program at DePaul University.

Ron discusses a number of important topics, including:

1) What to do when asked to make absurd and misleading claims

2) Why PR professions need the industry to have their back

3) Where companies make mistakes in countering disinformation internally
4) How to make your company attractive to potential employees

When and where do you draw the ethical line? – Helio Fred Garcia

Helio Fred Garcia, President of Logos Consulting Group discusses a number of important ethics issues including:

1) When and where do you draw the ethical line?
2) How structures and clear protocols make courage less necessary in ethical dilemmas
3) What can we learn from Bernays’ definition of public relations?
4) What are some positive ethics lessons from Goldman Sachs
5) Three key elements in determining the “right” thing to do

Why You Should Act Quickly and Decisively on Even Small Ethics Concerns – Mark Cautela

Mark Cautela, the Head of Communications for Harvard Business School, discusses a number of important ethics topics including:

1) Why you need to act quickly and decisively on even small ethics concerns

2) When company and team before self is not ethically appropriate

3) What to do when your boss asks you to fudge numbers on an award

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?

Setting Ethical Boundaries – Tracy Schario

Joining me on this week’s episode to discuss setting ethical boundaries is Tracy Schario, APR of MITRE. She discusses:

1) How do you set ethical boundaries with your boss?
2) What work can a department ethically claim as its own?
3) Are the unexpected ethics benefits that will come out of businesses reaction to COVID?
4) How do you effectively set ethical boundaries with partners?

Ethical Issues with Celebrity Foundations and People Plagiarizing Your Mother’s Obituary – Bonnie Upright

Joining me on this week’s episode is Bonnie Upright, the vice president of corporate communications for Coldwell Banker Vanguard. She is a former agency owner who has done outstanding work with celebrity foundations.

Bonnie discusses a number of key ethics issues including:

– Grappling with difficult ethical issues early in your career
– Ethical issues and best practices for managing celebrity and athlete foundations
– The story behind her mother’s viral obituary and how it has been plagiarized more than a dozen times

The PR Ethics of SMARTER Measurement, ROI and AVEs: Johna Burke, AMEC

In an insightful and thought-provoking interview, Johna Burke, the Global Managing Director for AMEC, the Association of the Measurement and Evaluation of Communications provides commentary on many topics, including:
• The ethics of AVE
• How PR agencies are using ROI Incorrectly
• The importance of a SMARTER measurement framework
• Where PR pros can get ethical measurement frameworks

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

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