Professional, personal lives can't be separated, 'Reputation Doctor' says to members of Oklahoma business group

New York PR pro Mike Paul keynotes Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium's annual awards luncheon Wednesday.
by Paula Burkes Published: May 19, 2013
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The keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium's annual awards luncheon Wednesday posed a provocative question to the 340 members and guests in attendance:

“How do you get kicked out?” asked Mike Paul, a New York-based public relations expert dubbed “The Reputation Doctor” after counseling Citicorp, Goldman Sachs, Muhammad Ali, Laura Schlesinger, Rudy Giuliani and hundreds more.

“If you don't ask such tough questions, or think about guidelines, you're doing something wrong and this group means nothing,” Paul said.

He used the exceptional example set by Tulsa-based CFS2 debt collection, to which OK Ethics presented an honorable mention Compass Award Wednesday. The firm offers clients financial counseling and partners with them to negotiate with creditors.

Such principles should just be the ethics of doing business in the industry, Paul said, versus the infamous debt collectors who “badger people, calling them at 2 and 3 in the morning, knowing full well those people don‘t have any money to give.”

Similarly, many mortgage officers, during the lending crisis, knowingly offered inappropriate mortgage packages, Paul said. “They didn't care whether the customer could pay back the loans,” he said, “but only if they were going to get their cut.”

Paul said he counseled one chief executive who went to jail for insider trading. “His initial attitude was ‘Everybody else did it, why am I now the poster boy?'” he said.

“It's the same thing as if you got stopped for speeding and pointed to some other guy who got away,” Paul said. “Are you any less right? You broke the law. Why even have laws?”

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by Paula Burkes
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A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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Transparency

Accountability

Consistency

SOURCE: New York public relations expert Mike Paul, who's known internationally as “The Reputation Doctor.”

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