Good poker players fold their starting hand three to four times more often than bad players. They know to wait for better cards in a better position. While they wait, they observe and accumulate information about the other players.
Likewise, good ethics officers rarely provide answers without asking many questions of their own. They resist the temptation of appearing smart based on incomplete information. They deploy modesty and seek to understand all facets of a problem. They consider the facts and the people involved before offering advice.
Providing ethical advice is betting that our prediction of the future will manifest. Let’s make sure we are placing good bets.