The Ethics of Transparency

A couple of days ago, I was in a meeting where we were discussing said group’s financials. At the initiation of the meeting, the group’s president said that they were interested in doing everything “on the up and up” and wanted nothing but “complete transparency”.

A man stands scratching his head, trying to decide if he should go in the direction of ethical or legal.
Ethical vs. Legal

Further into the discussion, facts were presented that were known by some, but not all present. (All facts are stated below. I did not engage in cherry picking.)

  • Said group’s president is also owner/CEO of the only company that is financially benefited by the group’s fundraising activities.
  • There is no SOW/contract in place between the group and that company. This one way financial relationship has existed for years.
    • Consequently, there is no way to justify expenses to any of the group’s current/future financial contributors.
  • The president of the group possesses a debit card linked to the group’s bank account.
  • The group’s mission

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The Robinson Method: 4 questions I ask myself before I make a choice

It’s been several years now since I identified the four questions I ask myself before I make a choice. I call this process the Robinson Method (patent pending 🙂 ). [For those of you who want to correct me by saying, Wait, thought methods can’t be patented- yes, I know that thought methods cannot be patented. That was a joke. Now I’ve had to explain it to you. Now it’s not funny anymore. You’ve ruined my joke. What kind of person are you to go around ruining other people’s jokes?]

I’ve always asked myself these questions, but I didn’t realize the process was so well defined in my brain until I described it to a friend of mine. (Sometimes I even draw diagrams. Nerd.) I always knew that highly technical techniques could be used for more intimate purposes, but it didn’t really dawn on me that I had been doing …

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