October 8th saw our second seminar this time in conjunction with the local IOD branch with guest speaker Kevin Moore, Regions Director of the Securities & Investment Institute. Twenty people enjoyed an enjoyable couple of hours from 6pm in the Garden Room at the Sefton Hotel, some even turned their cars around having heard it advertised on Manx Radio! Kevin spoke on Integrity in the Workplace, considering the often vexing issue of ethics, perhaps the most relevant subject to raise in the backdrop of current events the world over.
After explaining the background and considering some examples, Kevin then moved to what for many was a new experience; using electronic voting devices, issued to everyone there (of course handed back afterwards!) and after a simple explanation Kevin proceeded to outline some case studies. These ranged from a Wimbledon ticket being given to a junior employee, starting out as a simple entrance ticket through full VIP treatment on Mens Semi-Final Day, to someone who lied on their CV thirty years ago! With some interesting bits in between as well. The audience entered into the discussions with many ideas and options arising, mostly of course after the anonymous voting results were displayed - a veritable technological smorgasbord of local views on ethical issues! Dr Freud would have had a field day.
However we paled in comparison to some of the voting on some questions that Kevin explained, where in America a group of bankers all voted one way, to a man and woman, then after being assured of the anonymity, all voted the mean way instead! You can perhaps guess how the Compliance Institute presentation voting went... Actually not entirely as you might think.
The evening was a great success, and comments received from those who attended ranged from ‘...the best seminar I have been to...’ right up to ‘...the best and most enjoyable, dare I say fun, evening never mind a seminar I have been to.’ Grateful thanks were extended to Kevin for giving of his time and energy in making the event such a success.