Most anti-corruption initiatives are reactions to some type of ethical breach. More often than not, they
are discreet dismissals, followed by hastily prepared conduct codes aimed at preventing recurrence.
These isolated measures don't work: at best, they send a message for others to be more careful.
Rarely do chief officers commit themselves to develop and implement carefully designed strategies to
immunize their organization against corrupt practices. It is so much easier to buy the latest compliance
controls that define what is right and wrong, and draw the thin line separating them.
In the real world, however, this thin line often becomes a gray area as wide as the fields it separates. To
further complicate matters, this line can change in time and circumstance, making definition a moving
target: some currently acceptable practices may be forbidden tomorrow. This is why so many
organizations desperately need leaders who know how to navigate through these areas of uncertainty
in their everyday decision-making.
These leaders will make mistakes, but will learn from them. Meanwhile, manuals and systems have to
continually be rewritten -- each and every time an incident takes place.
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