Ethics in Motion Reviews
Justin has written an honest and compelling message that challenges all of us to examine our lives and to recalibrate the moral compass that directs our actions.
Throughout the lively pages of Ethics in Motion, Justin Paperny not only depicts the devastating life-long consequences of wrong choices he made within the pressurized financial world, but also how he regained his moral compass, reaching out to help others acknowledge, reflect, and learn from similar actions. Ethics in Motion is a highly thoughtful, accessible and engaging collection of real situations in which people veer from internal ethical codes, and through humility and perseverance find their way back to their principles.
The value of Justin’s book to my MBA students is that is speaks to them –he doesn’t fit their stereotypical image of a felon–they could be him, clean cut, well educated, and from an upper middle class family with loving parents. He did not start out to break the rules, but as his chapters tell, it was those seemingly innocent little choices he made each day that defined his character and ultimately his fate. These are stories of the intellect, the ego, being seduced by short-term gain and dismissive of long-term wisdom. For those who think “not me”, read this book before Justin’s experience becomes yours
Ethics in Motion is riveting, thought-provoking, and real—Justin’s book has captured the icy cold reality of criminal behavior, and should be required reading for anyone in the corporate world and anyone interested in practical lessons on ethics.
With revealing and informative openness, Justin Paperny describes mistakes he made which resulted in his rapid transition from successful young professional to serving time in jail. More than a cautionary tale, his reflections on what he learned, and his actions to get back on track, provide valuable insights for other young, ambitious professionals. Paperny also gathers a group of other real-world stories that shed light on how even very bright, talented people can lose their way, and work to find their way back.
Few white-collar executives wake up one morning and decide to become criminals. Ethics In Motion illustrates in a way no textbook can how small indiscretions nevertheless lead some to lives of crime–and how the personal consequences are worse than they’d ever imagined.
You know right, when you do wrong, but to then pay your debt to society, learn the lessons of a life time and help others live better and more fulfilling lives is special. That is Justin Paperny’s gift to any and all who read Ethics in Motion.
Forget the shows on television. Take a walk through what really happens when someone is associated with fraud and deception. Then, prepare yourself for what the government will do when it investigates white collar crime.
Through Ethics in Motion I learned a great deal more about criminal mentality and behavior. As a former FBI agent and a practicing forensic accountant who pursues criminals, I learned how criminals think and how they rationalize their actions. To catch a crook, you need to think like one!
Instead of retelling the stories of Enron, WorldCom or other highly publicized frauds, Justin tells the stories of our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers who took that first step and paid the price. He tells these stories to warn us that none of us are immune to temptation and that first step can lead to a lifetime of regret.