Ethical Traps in Consulting
IMC USA Philadelphia Chapter
April 14, 2011
During the course of a consulting career, we all will encounter situations that should test our professional ethics and standards of conduct. These challenges may come from various sources: our clients, their employees, our colleagues and other consultants. Ultimately, however, it is our reactions and responses that matter most. What issues are most likely to test our professionalism, and how should we handle them?
This buzz session will not only delve into the various ethical traps that consultants most often encounter, but also explore the thought processes and possible actions we can take to avoid or resolve them. As in most "buzz sessions”, discussion will be focused on the audience, in which IMC USA Philly members and guests will discuss their personal encounters, with input from their colleagues as to how the situations should have been handled. You will leave this session with a new appreciation of the ethics traps that face consultants and a greater ability to navigate past them.
Mark Haas is a Certified Management Consultant, Fellow (FIMC) and the immediate past Chair of the Institute of Management Consultants USA. He currently serves as IMC USA’s Ethics Committee Chair, wrote the current IMC Code of Ethics and enforcement procedures, and serves as IMC’ representative to the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association and as a US Trustee to the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes...
Mark is a Certified Management Consultant, the highest professional designation in management consulting, and is Founder and President of Research and Organization Management, a Washington, DC strategy and performance management consulting firm. He advises private and nonprofit executives on strategy development and execution, including in biomedical research, human services, education, trade and professional associations and engineering..He is an author, invited speaker, seminar leader, and expert witness, facilitator, lead quality (Baldrige) examiner, trainer, has received professional, academic, and athletic awards, and has been listed in professional directories, such as Who’s Who Among Emerging Leaders and Who’s Who in America. Mr. Haas received his graduate degree in planning from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University and his undergraduate degree in biology from Colgate University.