How to Strengthen Corruption Prevention Through Mid-Level Management

Politicians Talk About Corruption – Brian Pinkowski Leadership sets the example. It’s as true in the leadership of Nations and corporations as it is in the leadership of small government departments. Where leadership abuses or misuses the authority of their position, the entire organization decays beneath them.

Anti-Corruption and Leadership

We have all heard it – the fish rots from the head down.  And true enough the remedy for corruption requires attention on building a leadership class that provides role models for integrity and character. But it’s important to know that we aren’t starting at “zero” with this effort.

FCPA Not Well Developed???

Fighting corruption is tough. But succeeding in the international markets is tougher.  Particularly when well-intentioned laws in one country may attempt to change the operating culture for business across other countries. The FCPA is one of those well-intentioned laws. We have good people in the US Government working to enforce the FCPA and generally create […]

Our Expectations Create Corruption in Government?

Our expectations help create results.  We know this from life. Thus, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that researchers at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania have confirmed expectations that people that apply for government jobs are . . . not up to standards. The study, referenced here, found that college students who cheat […]

Is Nepotism Really Criminal?

I’ve been having wrestling with the issue of Nepotism and its rational role in organizations and politics for some time.  Most recently I have been having a good dialogue with a colleague about the problems arising from criminalizing nepotism. His comment: “I cannot say that whether Nepotism is a crime or not but definitely it […]

The Organic Nature of Corruption

Governments and Nations Fail from Corruption.  Even the strongest and least corrupt of nations struggles with the downward pull of destructive forces arising from.  No matter if the corruption comes from internal and external causes – it’s always there, under the surface. (What the U.S. Government Shutdown Teaches Us About Organizational Corruption.) When governments fall, […]