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Why it is important to manage ethics.

Operating an ethical organization has a number of rewards. While the circumstances of any given enterprise will determine the results of managing ethics, there are 10 common benefits that all organizations receive when they manage their business ethics.

10 Common Benefits (not ranked)

  • The consuming public is more likely to support an enterprise with a reputation as an ethical organization.
  • Ethical organizations comply with all legal requirements -- reducing the likelihood of fines or lawsuits.
  • Organizations with ethical values improve their communities.
  • Ethical rules save organizations from accidentally violating rights of employees or consumers.
  • Employees' personal moral standards will improve at an ethical organization.
  • A fair working environment facilitates teamwork and productivity.
  • Many successful financial business practices are reinforced by ethical business practices.
  • Established ethical guidelines will lead a company in times of change and stress.
  • Ethical organizations retain employees and save money in turnover.
  • There is personal satisfaction in doing the right thing.

Course Objectives

  • Define and understand ethics.
  • Identify and differentiate ethical and unethical behavior.
  • Understand the benefits of managing ethics in the organization.
  • Create strategies to implement ethics at work.
  • Recognize business and social responsibility.
  • Learn how to make ethical decisions and to lead with integrity.

Who should take this course?

Anyone in a leadership role for a work team, in any size business enterprise or nonprofit organization. This course can also be custom-tailored for onsite training conducted by a Karsten Institute professional facilitator.

Achieving Operational Excellence

Lewis & Clark Bank is proud to once again offer the Strategic Business Forum to friends, clients and supporters of the bank. You may have heard of professional peer advisory groups such as EO, Vistage, and many of the like. Groups like these have been huge factors in the success of the Bank’s founders and employees, and ultimately the Bank itself. Interaction with business peers is still part of our formula for success.

This Forum will focus on “Achieving Operational Excellence”. It will be a series of four 90 minute morning sessions held monthly on the 3rd Thursdays in September, October, November, and December 2015. We are proud to once again partner with the experienced business consultants at the Karsten Institute to provide facilitation and instruction.

Discussions will be performance-oriented. Participants will be challenged with engaging activities during the sessions and experience leadership and management scenarios that will enhance their ability to deal with the operation of a small business.

Leverage Natural Born Strengths

What if, rather than spending the largest portion of your precious time and treasure on your known weakness -- improving it from being very poor at it to at best mediocre -- you invested the same time and treasure on something for which you know your have a real, natural born talent?

Why Focus on Strength-Based Leadership?

Leaders are most effective when they invest in strengths. In the workplace, when an organization's leadership fails to focus on individuals' strengths, the odds of an employee being engaged are a dismal one in eleven, only 9%. When an organization's leadership focuses on the strengths of its employees, the odds soar to 73%, almost three in four. When leaders focus on and invest in their employees' strengths, the odds of each person being engaged goes up eightfold.

Leaders are most effective when they surround themselves with the right people and then maximize their team. While the best leaders are not well rounded, the best teams are. Research has found that top-performing teams have a diversity of strengths spread over four distinct domains: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, and Strategic Thinking.

Leaders are most effective when they understand their followers' needs. People follow leaders for very specific reasons. When thousands of followers were asked in Gallup’s research, they were able to describe exactly what they need from a leader with remarkable clarity: trust, compassion, stability, and hope.

Strengths-Based Leadership Objectives

After completing this course, managers will:

  • Recognize and apply their themes of talent to enhance their ability to lead.
  • Draw upon examples of how their themes of talent have contributed to past success to increase their potential for future success.
  • Identify and demonstrate new ways in which their talents can help them achieve success in their teams.
  • Acquire knowledge and skill beneficial to transforming their teams.
  • Evaluate individual team members’ behaviors in light of themes of talent and optimize the mix of talent to enhance team performance.

Strengths Assessment Included with This Course

The Gallup organization, resulting from decades of world-wide research, has developed an assessment (the Clifton Strengths Finder) that ranks for you, personally, your natural born tendencies in employing a total of 34 leadership strengths themes, the top five of which you will come to recognize as your "signature" strengths.

The Clifton Strengths Finder (CSF) Assessment Tool

The CSF is an online measure of personal talent that identifies areas where an individual’s greatest potential for leadership exists. By identifying one’s top themes of talent, the CSF provides a starting point in the identification of specific personal talents, and the related support materials help individuals discover how to build upon their talents to develop strengths within their roles. The Karsten Institute uses the CSF as a baseline evaluation that initiates a strengths-based development process in the work setting.

Materials Used in This Course

  • Leveraging Strengths Workbook by The Karsten Institute
  • Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie
  • The Clifton Strengths Finder (CSF) Assessment Tool
  • Manager Engagement Workbook by Gallup, Inc.

Consulting assignment to develop leadership, conflict resolution, management, and communication skills in teams of managers involved with Kaiser Permanente's Claims Connect project.

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