Decisive Moments - Ethics for Association Leadership

Published by Association Societies Alliance and Kansas Society of Association Executives


Simply put, getting Ethics right is crucial to Association sustainability. As we maintain high performing cultures in organizations we need to sharpen our ability to make sustainable decisions.

It is human nature to take short cuts, to skip over the details in an ethical dilemma and simply react in a singular, consistent way. Speed wins over quality. Immediate reaction wins over reflection and a reasoned response. The result: leaders have few tools in their ethical decision-making toolbox.

In this fast-paced session, Karl Ahlrichs offers multiple viewpoints on the ethics challenges facing association leadership and shares the specific skills you need to maintain your competitive advantage.

Key learnings include:

  • How organizational effectiveness is measured in the shifting world of ethics
  • A review of ethical standards in multiple areas of the workforce and our community
  • The four types ethical dilemmas
  • Three paradigms for solving ethical dilemmas
  • A critical thinking process for “breaking the tie” in solving an ethical dilemma
  • Leveraging adult learning methods to teach Ethics and build a sustainable high performing culture.

    Karl Ahlrichs
    Karl Ahlrichs has broad experience in Human Resources, Operations, Diversity and Inclusion, working with organizations from all industries. Karl is a national speaker and author, presenting on the people issues in Ethics, Management and LEAN theory, and is often quoted in the local and national media. He is author of “Spaces between Places”, an artistic book about business travel.

    Karl’s experience is perfectly suited to times of great organizational change. He has decades of...More

    Originally Published

    February 12, 2020

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    This program contains the following components:

    • Video Presentation
    • Handout

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    Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

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