Linda Fisher Thornton highlights one of the most important questions for federal ethics trainers:
If we focus just on compliance in our ethics training for leaders, we are aiming too low and we will always be scrambling to catch up as laws change. How can we move beyond just complying with laws (the minimum standard) to leading ethically in organizations (optimal)?
via Compliance With Laws Isn’t Ethical Leadership (There’s More) « Leading in Context.
Politico writer Roger Simon thought he was quite humorous with this 2012 post:
Conducting a PowerPoint presentation is a lot like smoking a cigar. Only the person doing it likes it. The people around him want to hit him with a chair.
PowerPoint is usually restricted to conference rooms where the doors are locked from the outside. It is, therefore, considered unsuited for large rallies, where people have a means of escape and where the purpose is to energize rather than daze.
This follow up post by Nobel Prize-winning economist and NY Times blogger Paul Krugman indicates he’s not exactly a PowerPoint fan either:
I’ll bet [Simon] is not a Charlie Stross reader; if he were, he’d know about the scene in The Jennifer Morgue involving a PowerPoint presentation that turns anyone who watches it into a murderous zombie. Actually, I think I’ve seen that one.
Seeing one too many PowerPoint abusers will make even people as smart as Simon and Krugman hate the tool. However, the tool is just a tool. It can be used well, or it can be used poorly.
The second Emily and Milo ethics training video includes discussion of outside activities and personal use of government resources, as well as Emily’s announcement: “I am nothing if not ethical.” A previous post in this series contains information about the origin of the videos.
Where’s the energy? The failure to bring enthusiasm is one of the most common presenter errors. Here’s suggestion from Government Executive:
Bring the noise – What I mean by this is show up with some energy and passion for your topic. The first speaker immediately staked out what he was going to talk about and why it mattered to the audience. Then he proceeded, through his spoken and unspoken communication, to demonstrate how passionate he was about the topic. He raised his voice, he lowered his voice. He moved, he stood still. He was serious, he was funny. In short, he mixed it up and matched his energy with his message.
Have a hard time getting up for conducting ethics training? Not that interesting? Do the best you can in the sort range. For the long range, analyze your situation. If you can’t find ways to make involvement more attractive, is it time to consider transitioning into a more rewarding job?