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The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    ¿A public whistleblower should not expect justice,¿ author Tom D

    “A public whistleblower should not expect justice,” author Tom Devine says in Chapter 3.

    “The only thing that you can count on is the personal satisfaction that you did the right thing and that you lived your values. If you approach whistleblowing with the idea that this is all you will receive, any other benefits will be a welcome bonus,” Devine continues.

    Now consider the following, from Stephen M. Kohn’s “The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself“:

    “The Whistleblower’s Handbook sets forth objective rules allowing employees to weigh the pros and cons of blowing the whistle, while establishing the strategic framework for pursuing a case…. These cases can take time, cost money, and require expert advice and assistance. But protecting one’s career from an angry boss is not an easy task. Winning a whistleblower case is never easy. But it can be done and has been done. With the right tools, whistleblowers have the potential to be very successful–sometimes beyond their expectations.”

    What explains the difference between Kohn’s can-do attitude and Devine’s defeatist outlook?

    For that, you’ll have to do your homework. Devine’s critics are not hard to find. The common charge is that an underclass of downtrodden, oppressed whistleblowers are Devine’s bread and butter, who, in the bottom-line analysis, does little to empower whistleblowers and eradicate retaliation.

    Does justice matter to you, fellow whistleblower? /dpardo

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

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    Savvy guidebook on how to be a corporate whistleblower

    Whistleblowers travel a difficult and sometimes dangerous road. In their book, Tom Devine and Tarek F. Maassarani teach you how to report corporate crime and protect yourself in the process. Dr. Jeffrey Wigand - the famous whistleblower whose scientific testimony severely damaged tobacco companies - suggests replacing the term "whistleblower" with "Person of Conscience." No matter what you call them, whistleblowers often bravely sacrifice their careers, livelihoods, equanimity and sometimes even their physical well-being to reveal private or public malfeasance. While most companies are honest, this is a book for people whose companies are not. After all, if you think whistleblowers are just disgruntled workers, consider this: Research shows that fully 50% of employees witness corporate misdeeds, but only 40% of them do something about it. getAbstract suggests this informative, case-filled book to would-be whistleblowers who need to learn how to safeguard themselves, and to corporate leaders who should know that "it is bad business to kill or silence the messenger." And, of course, cheers to corporations that walk the straight and narrow, and needn't fear the sound of the whistle blowing.

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