Nobody has problems spotting a conflict of interest in someone else.


But clearly seeing your own conflicts of interest? That 20/20 vision suddenly gets blurry. Sprinkle in good intentions that only recognize the mutual benefits rather than any danger for abuse, and employees often become blind to their potential conflicts.

Help open their eyes to the potential pitfalls with this scene from the Frank Capra classic “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Your team will easily join Jimmy Stewart’s indignation at a senator’s obvious conflict of interest. Use those emotions to shine a light on their own actions, starting a conversation about safeguarding against conflicts of interest in their own lives.




Do you think a conflict of interest ever has a legitimate ethical reason? Explain.

What kinds of conflicts of interest have you seen in business?

Why might it be difficult for someone to recognize a conflict of interest?

Identify any conflicts of interest you might have now or in the future and how you will deal with them.




Bryan Belknap, an award-winning screenwriter, is Creative Director at Resonate Pictures, which specializes in story-based training and branding films. He will be speaking at SCCE Compliance & Ethics Conference in Las Vegas.


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