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 […]

What Compliance can learn from the Coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus pandemic (even though the WHO cannot yet bring itself to call it so) keeps developing very dynamically worldwide, we see that in a crisis where people’s, yes entire populations‘ health and ultimately also some people’s lives at stake, the impact on stock markets exceeds the „usual“ risks that organizations face and […]

The power of envisioning your goals

Originally written 8 May 2018, updated 17 December 2019 In a spring cleaning in 2018 I found an old diary of mine with entries from 2005 and then again from 2008. Back then in May 2008, almost 10 years before to the day, I had taken stock of my life up to that point of […]

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 […]

The Cart, the Horse and the Heat Map

While thinking about driving back from a week of vacation out of Istanbul to our house in the city, I am starting to look at the traffic and the inevitable congestion that will build up in the next hours as a few million people will return from their 9-day Ramadan holiday to their homes. After […]

Effective Compliance Trainers Treat People Like Adults

In his May 2nd “Compliance Perspectives” podcast, the SCCE’s Adam Turteltaub had an interesting chat with Steve Priest of Integrity Insight International. Amongst other topics, they discussed that a main failure of Compliance trainings has been treating employees “like children”, teaching them rules over rules, to best remember them by heart and telling them not […]

Reading list 2019

To continue my 2018 reading list, I am adding here the books (including e-books and audiobooks), online courses, articles etc. I am reading throughout this year. I do a lot of reading (and listening while driving in Istanbul traffic) for my personal interest as well as my engagement as leader of the Working Group for […]

Reading list 2018

2018 was a year of learning for me. As the year draws to a close, here’s a more or less complete list of the books, audiobooks, blogs, MOOCs I have read, listened to or studied throughout this year. They have inspired and helped me to develop a much wider frame of perspective and deeper understanding […]

Measuring for success

Recently a fellow compliance officer from the Turkish subsidiary of another multinational contacted me. She asked for my advice, because she had lately felt a loss of motivation for her job. After having heard me speak at a meeting of the Turkish Ethics and Reputation Society [1] and having followed some of my posts on […]