Talking the Walk Series

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CASE 14: Masculine Preferred

Marie has been hoping and hoping to get ahead, and this looks like it might be her shot. She’s worked for it. She’s poised and ready. But she’s also not the man her potential client is looking to work with. Who gets to decide if she’s right for the job?

Find out in this month’s Talking the Walk.

Case studies are released with an included Leader’s Guide, to help you walk employees through the scenario’s, facilitate meaningful conversation and pose questions that lead to important interactions.

Case Study 14 is available to download for free.

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What is “Talking the Walk”?

Organizational and Fellows Members of ECI, are provided a new case study as part of their membership. Each case study is designed to facilitate and help internal compliance teams discuss difficult topics and current risks.  The topics pertain to issues in ethics, compliance, leadership, managing up, working as a team and more!

Although almost every ethics and compliance program has its “own way”, ECI has developed some guiding principles that apply to every program. ECI’s case studies are stories designed to help highlight these principles and how to apply them.

These stories are realistic, complex, and filled with contextually rich situations that often involve a dilemma, conflict, or problem that one or more of the characters in the case must negotiate. Because of this complexity, ECI provides a Leader’s Guide specifically designed to help you engage your team and allow them to learn from the case study. Each Leader’s Guide includes questions for discussion and some related statistics from ECI research.

How you use case studies will depend on you, but we hope you will think of these as a regular opportunity for the professional development of your team.

Not an Organizational or Fellows member?  Each case is available and can be downloaded for $150.

Sample Case: Who Cares?

I was honored when they asked me to take the lead on the integrity ambassadors initiative, Eva thinks to herself. Especially since it is going to be our “flagship initiative” as Jamal, our CECO and my boss’s boss, had referred to it when he gave Jamal the assignment.  I can’t believe how nervous and excited I was to hit “Send,” releasing my work into the world—or at least our full team—for their review. I hope they like it. I am afraid that it won’t. Instead of feedback, I am sure that this will fall in line with what always happens around here: nothing. Crickets. All that time, work, effort, and not a word from anyone. They clearly don’t care. Why do I? 

Past Case Studies

CASE 13: March Madness

Q: What’s worse than hearing crickets about a project you worked diligently on?

A: Finding out your boss is watching basketball instead of reviewing those documents.

Then again, if can’t beat them, maybe you should join them. What will one young intern choose to do? Find out in this month’s Talking the Walk.


Are you an Organizational or Fellow member? Download case 13.

Not a Organizational or Fellow member? Purchase case 13.

CASE 12: Will they? Won’t they? Should they? Shouldn’t they?

Elizabeth and Darcy, Sam and Diane, Harry and Sally, Pat and Jim. Countless books, television shows, and movies have revolved around the questions: Will they? Won’t they?

But, in today’s workplace environment, it’s also a matter of Should they? Shouldn’t they?

What decision will one up-and-coming young professional make? And how might it impact everyone around her?

It’s time to think it all through in this month’s Talk the Walk.

Are you an Organizational or Fellow member? Download case 12.

Not a Organizational or Fellow member? Purchase case 12.

CASE 11: And Today’s Panacea Is…

When it comes to implementing new initiatives, it’s not always easy to know who to involve and how. Sometimes it can feel like new ideas are being rolled out before there’s even time for previous efforts to yield results. But at other companies, any attempt at change gets lost in the muddle of meetings and red tape. How well will one eager CECO strike the balance and what will her team say about her plans?

Think it through. Talk it through. Get ready to Talk the Walk.

Are you an Organizational or Fellow member? Download case 11.

Not a Organizational or Fellow member? Purchase case 11.

CASE 10: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The season of giving can turn into the season of extra headaches quickly. Some companies make extra efforts to help employees navigate the quagmire of corporate gift giving; others say little if anything.

In this month’s Talk the Walk, one young employee learns that the forbidden fruit sometimes arrives on your desk in a pretty basket with a plaid bow. What will she do next?

Think it through. Talk it through. Get ready to Talk the Walk.

Are you an Organizational or Fellow member? Download case 10.

Not a Organizational or Fellow member? Purchase case 10.


As a leader in your organization, no doubt you have watched the #MeToo and the #TimesUp movements and concluded that we are at a critical juncture in our society.  At the Ethics & Compliance Initiative, we agree. In our view, not only will the current dialogue about sexual misconduct affect the way we relate to each other as individuals; the movement will also have a profound impact on our workplaces.

As the dialogue continues, many of us are asking, “Where do we go from here?”  

The answer to this question is not only to focus on what people sometimes do wrong, but also to consider how we can help each other do right.  We need to begin a conversation about respect as a core value in our workplaces so that our employees have a shared understanding about how they should treat one another.  Respect as a standard also provides a common language to help individuals raise and resolve sensitive concerns.

At ECI we are offering you a FREE special edition case study on workplace sexual misconduct, entitled #RespectAtWork.  The case includes questions for discussion that invite employees to talk about their commitment to a respectful workplace.  A leader guide is also included, so that every manager can follow instructions and lead the dialogue.  It is our hope that you will take this case and distribute it among your employees, then take the time to discuss the scenario together.

We hope you will find this resource to be a helpful way to initiate an important shift in your organization.

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