A low-cost, low-tech method of predicting wrongdoing

I just returned from the latest ECI Fellows meeting, which focused on behavioral ethics. This post is part of a series where I share my insights and lessons from the meeting.

With today’s technology, it is tempting to turn to sophisticated tools to predict wrongdoing.

But the allure of a shiny new toy should not make us forget a long-standing, low cost and low-tech predictive method: watching those who are nearing a goal.

The employee who exceeded her quarterly goal three weeks early is not nearly as dangerous as the one who is just short of it with only three days to go. For her, the temptation to lie to a customer or to forge a signature is much greater.

So set aside some time each week to read the latest articles on behavioral ethics. You are likely to discover simple ways to prevent, deter and detect common forms of wrongdoing.

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