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 […]

Beyond Awareness

It started with the COSO Internal Controls Integrated Framework published in 1992: Control Awareness was pointed out as a key element of an effective control environment. [1] The argument is logically appealing: If employees and managers aren’t aware of internal controls and their importance, how are they supposed to apply them consistently and effectively? I […]

Risk exaggeration – a cognitive bias case study

Bribery and corruption are bad. Sectors dealing closely with the government have a propensity for bribery of public officials. Companies in these sectors particularly should implement sound Anti-Bribery Due Diligence (ABDD) policies and procedures. In countries with a low score in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) [1], the risk of bribery and corruption is […]

The limits of our language…

If you are a parent, you may be familiar with the fact that there’s a big difference between telling your kid who is climbing dangerously on a high tree: “This is very dangerous! Careful, or you will fall down and break a leg”, and saying: “Wow, you are very high up, but if you are careful and watch where you are putting your hands and feet, I trust that you are going to do great. I am here watching you and can guide you. But I know you can do it on your own.”

Losing with Integrity – Two Integrity Tales

“Winning with Integrity” is the wording you would usually expect, as you find it for instance in the heading of GM’s Code of Conduct or Leigh Steinberg’s book. But here I will write about successfully losing with integrity. Losing weight, that is. Like my previous post on Integrity and Turkish Coffee, this post is about […]