Expert Commentator: Fastow Sentencing/Ethics Issues
Summary: As sentencing (set for September 26) nears for Enron exec Andrew Fastow, award-winning business ethics author Shel Horowitz is available for comment on the Enron trials and other business ethics issues
Suggested Questions to Ask Shel (or choose your own):
- What do the guilty verdicts of Lay and Skilling, and the guilty plea of Fastow, mean for American business? For business worldwide?
- What's the business secret that Arthur Andersen, the company founder, understood--but that the Arthur Andersen accountants who conspired with Enron were clueless about?
- You say 'nice guys don't finish last!' How can a 'nice guy' attitude generate business success?
- How did the Tylenol poisoning scare actually help its manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson?
- Does an ethical attitude matter more in a big company or a small company?
- Award-winning author of Principled Profit: Marketing that Puts People First (and six other books)
- Founder of the Business Ethics Pledge http://www.business-ethics-pledge.org
- Regular columnist for Business Ethics Magazine (2005-06)
- Speaker on ethics to the Public Relations Society of America International Conference, Publishers Marketing Association University, Folio magazine industry conference, UMass Family Business Center, and many other organizations
- Blogger on ethics issues since 2004
- Host: Principled Profit: The Good Business Radio Show (WXOJ, Northampton MA)
- Frequent interviewee in major print and electronic media (see http://www.principledprofit.com/press-room.html#media for detailed list)
Perspective: In the long run, ethics is *good* for business. Ethical, cooperative businesses make more profit, create intense customer and employee loyalty, and have a much better chance of staying out of legal and regulatory trouble. Greed of Enron's senior officials blew apart two companies and had a definite human cost. Guilty verdicts and pleas give hope that the business system s redeemable, but it has a long way to go.
Commentator Personal Profile: Shel Horowitz, 49, copywriter and marketing consultant. Lives on a working dairy farm in Hadley, MA. Married to novelist D. Dina Friedman; two children.
Office (and best message number): 413-586-2388
Web: http://www.principledprofit.com (book)
http://www.business-ethics-pledge.org (Ethics Pledge)