Avoiding the slippery slope of unethical behaviorSpeaker outlines causes, components of ethical lapses

By Malinda Larkin

Sporting an orange prison jumpsuit and handcuffs, Chuck Gallagher declared, “Every choice has a consequence.” He later ditched the get-up as he gave his speech on ethics, but the former convicted felon—now a business ethics speaker—intended to drive home a point. His message boiled down to this: People cheat when they have a chance, but when issues of honesty versus rationalization are openly discussed, people dramatically reduce or stop cheating. The lesson, then, is to remove opportunities to cheat and expand ethics training