Margaret C. Scavotto, JD, CHC
Management Performance Associates
Yes, there is a connection.
I suspect most individuals read the latest #MeToo news stories with a strong, sometimes complex, and personal reaction.
For those of us who chose a career in compliance, there are lessons for our professional lives as well.
I regularly read Knowledge@Wharton, an online publication by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business that brings Wharton’s expertise to cutting-edge issues. On November 28, 2017, Knowledge@Wharton published: What Can Firms Do to Prevent Sexual Harassment? In this article, Wharton management professor and director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources Peter Cappelli hit the nail on the head: “I think the big challenge is that we have in recent years moved power away from bureaucracies and rules in companies and toward individual leaders. So we have many institutions where the leaders are all-powerful….”
The headlines of late bolster this notion that individuals in positions of power can have a profound effect on a corporation’s culture of discovering and rectifying misconduct. And, as we have also learned from the headlines, this concentration of power can lead to and perpetuate misconduct: “He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married. So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.” [Read more…]