Having a Code of Ethics
“Standing Tall in an Upside-Down World”
In March 2010 the State of Wyoming became the first state (and perhaps still the only state) to adopt an official state code of ethics. The symbolic measure spells out 10 ethics derived from a “Code of the West” outlined in a book by author and retired Wall Street investor James Owen.
The Sheridan County Chamber supports these principles (and displays them on our website) – as a standard of conduct for all of us who live, work, and play in the great State of Wyoming … or anywhere.
We also encourage each business to consider what the business itself truly believes in, at the very core of its business decisions and in the messages it conveys. And for each individual as well, in their own lives.
Can you be ethical and still succeed in business today? The good news is that there are still many Americans and businesses that do have an internal moral compass and do care about doing the right thing. But the press of daily life being what it is, rarely do we take the time to examine and clearly articulate what we believe.
That’s what our January 23rd workshop, “Standing Tall in an Upside-Down World,” was all about. The workshop was filled to capacity with 25 of our Sheridan area business leaders, led by the University of Wyoming College of Business and the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership. You will start to see some of the resulting Code of Ethics statements posted in businesses and even on individual email signatures.
The workshop is a chance to examine and articulate your business’s belief and your own beliefs. And this opportunity is still available to businesses and organizations on a private basis. One of our Sheridan businesses has already had their own workshop, earlier in January, and another business has one in the works. Call Teresa at the Sheridan County Chamber to talk about the possibility of a private “Standing Tall” session for your own team. We can also put you in touch with some of those who’ve already had the experience – to get a first-hand account of the value.
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