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The ethics of middle management… what would you do?

Wednesday 11 November, 2020
by Jodi O'Callaghan

With a workforce still largely working from home, middle managers are up against a whole new set of challenges, managing their teams in a remote setting and delivering results to upper management.

You are a mid-level manager working at a major bank. You have been advised by the general manager of your division that there is a major change project about to get underway. Your team will play a critical role in delivering it.

Before you even speak to your team you know you're going to get push back - not just because of the extra workload that will be required from each of them but because of the change itself, and what it will mean to deliver it to a mostly remote workforce.

What would you do?

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The Oath

  • Trust is the foundation of my profession.
  • I will serve all interests in good faith.
  • I will compete with honour.
  • I will pursue my ends with ethical restraint.
  • I will help create a sustainable future.
  • I will help create a more just society.
  • I will speak out against wrongdoing and support others who do the same.
  • I will accept responsibility for my actions.
  • In these and all other matters;
    My word is my bond.