Epidemic Moral Breeches of Unimaginable Proportions
CEFE has long been transfixed with the idea
that a lot of well meaning folks talk about ethics in business, education or what-have-you but few really practice it with
a passion. During the past ten years the Center for Ethics in Free Enterprise Fellows and researchers have rarely seen much effort made to ignite ethical behavior
and accountability in business, government, or education. Mostly, there has been a lot of lip service. There was, is, and
continues to be, plenty of talk to go around.
CEO's, professional practitioners, academics, and executives
has studied over the years in business, government, education and the non-profit sector talk about ethics incessantly; how
they believe in it, how their organizations choose to live it; and how they want to train their management and staff employees
in ethics and character development. Unfortunately, precious few have proven to actually live the talk or walk the walk.
Most Americans and much of the world have witnessed first
hand ethical breeches in public faith of unimaginable proportions. These breeches did not come from those who 'didn't
know they didn't know.' Rather, they came from organizations and the individuals who lead them who 'did know and
didn't.' In recent years ethical crises have spread like wildfire. Those in higher education, business,
science, the professions, government, and even the alleged esteemed 'fourth estate', the press and media, have fallen
prey and into the pit of mind-numbing ethical excess and public betrayal.
The Failed Role of Academia
Leaders Fail Ethics 101