Examine the significant values of conducting an ethics audit in an organization.What does a golfer, tennis player or cricketer (or any other professional sportsperson) focus on to achieve high performance?
“Auditing of Organizational Ethics and Compliance Programs” Please respond to the following:
Examine the significant values of conducting an ethics audit in an organization. Select five (5) areas that you would focus on if you have to conduct an ethics audit, and provide a rationale for your selections.
Read the article titled, “10 Steps to Good Governance,” located below. Next, develop a checklist for an ethics audit that incorporates the ten (10) steps identified in the article. Provide a rationale for your response.
10 steps to good governance.
What does a golfer, tennis player or cricketer (or any other professional sportsperson) focus on to achieve high performance? They nearly always give the same answer: “Repeat my process (that is the process they have practised a million times) – replicate it under real pressure and trust in my ability” That’s why Matthew Lloyd throws the grass up under the roof at Etihad Stadium. It is why Ricky Ponting taps the bat, looks down, looks up and mouths “watch the ball”. It’s unnecessary for Matthew Lloyd to toss the grass. There’s no wind under the roof – it’s simply a routine that enables him to replicate his process under pressure. Ricky Pointing knows you have to watch the ball. Ponting wants the auto pilot light in his brain to fl ick on as he mutters “watch the ball”. High performance in sport is achieved through focusing on your processes, not the scores. It is absolutely no different in local government. Our business is governance and we need to be focusing very hard on our governance processes. We need to learn these processes, modify them when necessary, understand them deeply, repeat them under pressure and trust in our capabilities to deliver. If we do that, the scores will look after themselves. I want to share with you my ten most important elements in the governance process. Let me fi rst say that good governance is the set of processes, protocols, rules, relationships and behaviours which lead to consistently good decisions. In the end good governance is good decisions. You could make lots of good decisions without good governance. But you will eventually run out of luck – eventually, bad governance process will lead to bad decisions. Consistently good decisions come from good governance processes and practices. Good governance is not only a prerequisite for consistently good decisions, it is almost the sole determinant of your reputation. The way you govern, the ‘vibe’ in the community and in the local paper about the way you govern is almost the sole determinant of your reputation. Believe me, if reputation matters to you, then drive improvements through good governance. So here are the ten core elements: