|Scooped by Brian Phillips|
Professional Ethics for consultants and professionals
Ultimately, your reputation sustains you. At a personal and professional level, you need to strive to be sure you are doing the right things and doing those things right. Not just to be seen to be doing the right things, but doing them because they are the right things to do.
Sometimes you need to turn down a business opportunity because to pursue it may compromise your professional integrity.
Consulting professionals will often encounter opportunities to take short cuts, to gain a competitive advantage, to work direct with a client after being introduced as a sub-contractor, to get ahead in a competitive market.
Professional membership bodies maintain codes of ethics to provide guidance for their members. Sometimes, the ethical position is a constraint to gaining business opportunities, but consultants need to pause and reflect.
Is this the right thing to do?
Will it cause reputational damage to my profession?
Will it compromise my ethical and moral position?
I subscribe to the PMI Code of Conduct as a Project Management Professional; to professional conduct as a member of the AIPM; to assessable conduct review as an APMG Registered Consultant; as a company director with AICD; as principal of an Accredited Consulting Organization and Accredited Training Organization.
I sleep well at night knowing that I carry out my consulting and management roles to the best of my ability in keeping with best management practice. I try to live by my faith perspective and maintain goodwill and an even moral compass.
I could take up questionable opportunities and make more money. I could massage the truth. I could avoid due process and argue that the ends justify the means. It comes down to personal values expressed as professional ethics and behaviour.