Starters-Keep Your Job and Your Integrity-September 2011
Nan DeMars felt like an outlier 28 years ago when, as a leader of the International Association of Administrative Professionals and a former secretary to a CEO, she started teaching workplace ethics seminars. Scandals and headlines eventually brought the world to the doorstep of her Edina consulting business. In September, DeMars will lead workshops and give a keynote address for employees of India’s multinational Tata group of companies. Her book You’ve Got to Be Kidding!: How to Keep Your Job Without Losing Your Integrity, is a new release from Wiley this summer.
Just one thing has changed about workplace ethics since she started: Increasingly, everyone is held accountable, from chief executives to receptionists, DeMars says. No one can hide anymore behind a claim that “the boss told me to do it.”
“Everyone has a boss,” DeMars says, “even CEOs.” Then she chides, “Your boss has a lot of power, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have power.”