Many folks who took a driver’s training class as a teenager in the US remember a film called “Blood on the Highway” (or some variation thereof). This classic took the “scared straight” approach to encouraging safe motoring, showing graphic images of car wrecks complete with mangled bodies and whatnot. I’m reminded of that film as I sit this afternoon in a “Managers and the Law” training session. The first 2/3 of the class was focused on typical HR legal stuff, but the final third was all about fraud prevention that worked as a sort of corporate version of “Blood on the Highway.” Microsoft is very proactive about preventing fraud and we actually enjoy a pretty good track record in this regard, so I can’t help but wonder if this training is one of the reasons. It was taught by a member of our Financial Integrity Unit (who, not surprisingly, spent 25 years as a Federal Agent) and included red flags managers much watch for, slides of Tyco and Enron execs doing the perp walk, and stories of the worlds of misfortune that have befallen frausters great and small. I’ve officially decided to limit my sketchy activities to using the occasional ballpoint pen for personal purposes.