The Ethical Imperative of the Hour is Physical Distancing

…Also, the “hour” will probably last more than 60 minutes… As the number of reported infections and deaths from the pandemic grow also in Turkey, people are facing a situation that disrupts their usual lifestyle and coping mechanisms much more deeply and thoroughly than any other crisis they have experienced before. As the Turkish Health […]

Culture, Compliance … and Turkey – Part 2

Orientation This post is the second in a series of posts on effective Ethics & Compliance in the context of Turkish culture. In the first part, I looked at the motivation for this analysis, and the cultural profile of Turkey in the Hofstede 6D model. In this second part, I will summarize the current requirements […]

Hard workers

September 17, 2017 When we were still living in Germany, a colleague of Burcu’s once made her this “compliment”: “I am really positively surprised by you. I always thought all Turks were lazy and slow.” The colleague was apparently not at all aware at that time how discriminatory her comment actually was. We Germans tend […]

„Hans in Luck“ – A German in Istanbul

September 12, 2017 Ne mutlu yarım Türküm diyene. The first idea for this blog came actually up one year ago. To be more exact, it was Burcu who suggested that I write a blog. I don’t recall exactly when, but we had just moved from Lindau at Lake Constance to Isanbul, and in one conversation […]

What’s more important- outcome or intent?

Not all outcomes are created equal As human beings our thinking is subject to a host of biases. When it comes to the ethical dimension in decision-making, an important one is the Outcome Bias. It means that we judge the quality of a decision by its eventual outcome. It’s the outcome we arrive at that […]

Culture, Compliance & Turkey – post from 2017

This post, written in 2017, continues to receive a lot of attention. I have taken the topic up in more detail in a series of posts started in 2019. While I still stand behind what I have written here, this first post was based more on literature research, some personal experience and reflection. The 2019 […]

Culture, Compliance … and Turkey – Part 3

The title image shows people waiting to be picked up by a bus at the side of the highway in Istanbul. The are standing beneath a sign saying that it is forbidden to stop vehicles on highways to let passengers get on or off… Coping with Ambiguity and Uncertainty This is part 3 of a […]

The bottom-up orgchart

I was drawing up some slides on the results of my annual Ethical Climate Survey yesterday when I came to the unavoidable “Tone from the Top”. At that point it struck me how this choice of expressions transports the notion of a classical pyramid-shaped hierarchy. I asked myself how this is supposed to fit with […]

Culture, Compliance … and Turkey – Part 1

Effective Ethics & Compliance in the Context of Turkish Culture Introduction In 2017 I first wrote a blog post about Culture, Compliance and Turkey with a first discussion of the 6 dimensions of Turkish culture according to Geert Hofstede and their meaning for compliance management in this country. In the beginning of 2019, the Turkish […]

The Law of Large Numbers, Central Limit Theorem and Strange Attractors – or The Strange Behavior of Turkish Employees Towards Limits

This post is not about mathematics or physics but about the behavior of people in the presence of rules and limits … in Turkey. When we discussed revising our Company’s expense limits to account for the currency devaluation, soaring inflation and resulting price increases in the hospitality sector in Turkey in the last months, I […]

Culture, decisions and enlightenment.

In a recent post on my LinkedIn timeline I read: “After 5 minutes from our birth, our families decide our names, nationalities and religions. And then, most of us will spend the rest of their life fighting blindly for things they have never chosen. Unfortunately this is the reality. If we do not go through […]