The ethics of speaking up

By Jodi O'Callaghan
It can be a tricky space finding yourself wanting to push back against those in a higher position than you, and can take great moral courage to speak up.

It can be a tricky space finding yourself wanting to push back against those in a higher position than you, and can take great moral courage to speak up.  

Senior management has an idea that you think is really bad, but you have to be the face of that idea and deliver the message to the business. You know it is contrary to evidence and best practice. 

What would you do?

We encourage you to post your answers in the comments so we can create a healthy discussion, with the aim of learning from our peers, becoming aware of differing perspectives and challenging our own biases. 

Please share your ethical dilemmas with us - we can post them anonymously. You can email your dilemmas to dilemma@thebfo.org


Photo by Justin Veenema via Unsplash

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Re: The ethics of speaking up

Wednesday 18 March, 2020
by Craig
This is the most challenging aspect of ethics for bankers. As a customer I see that the vast majority of bankers have the best intentions but as a victim of bank malfeasance and having spent many years raising malfeasant and unethical treatment it is too often the exception for bankers to call out wrongdoing by their colleagues

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