Course ID: EIO

Ethics – Inside and Out

This unique ethics course looks at ethics from two different, yet related perspectives: inside and out. The “outside” perspective is the traditional, philosophy-based approach that wrestles with ethical issues based on declared values, particularly integrity. The “inside” approach shifts focus to the new discipline of moral psychology, which taps the latest in brain science to explain ethical and unethical motivations and behaviors. Together, the two perspectives are designed to arm the student with the ethical tools to make sound decisions in our increasingly complex world. The course is taught by Greg Conderacci, a BLI Senior Fellow, marketing consultant, and a faculty member at both the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Learning Objectives

Part 1 is designed to be a game-changer. The focus is not on answers but on questions. It is designed to help CPAs re-think their practices and their lives in ways that will not only make them more ethical but also more valuable contributors to their companies, their firms, their organizations, and their communities.

Part 2 explores the tangled paths to ethical problems. It is designed to sensitize you to the subtle traps and to suggest strategies to avoid or extricate yourself from them – whether they are internal, cultural, organizational or societal.

Major Topics
  • Integrity…
  • What it is – and isn’t
  • Does ANYBODY have it?
  • Why it’s so valuable
  • And ethics
  • And honesty
  • And how it can change your life
  • “The Amygdala Made Me Do It” — Adventures Along the Brain’s Low Road
  • “That’s Not the Way We Do It Here” — Classic Cultural Pitfalls
  • “How Do You Know That?” — The Assumption Trap.
  • Fear, Confusion, Hesitation and Surprise: The Four Poisons of the Mind
  • Step by Step into the Big Muddy – The Vietnam Syndrome
  • Paving the Path to Hell: Unintended Consequences
  • “This Phone Call Never Happened” – Confidentiality and Secrecy

Who Should Attend

Anyone who might wrestle with ethical issues, especially anyone in a leadership role

Fields of Study
Behavioral Ethics



Business Learning Institute

CPE Credits


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