Ethical concessions matter.In his article in this issue, Michael Daigneault, president, Ethics Resource Center, Washington Center is an unincorporated community in Jefferson County, Washington. Center was so named because it was at one point considered to be the centre of Jefferson County, although it is now significantly to the east. , D.C., poses a series of questions to help you think about the meaning of organizational ethics Organizational Ethics is the ethics of an organization, and it is how an organization ethically responds to an internal or external stimulus. Organizational ethics is interdependent with the organizational culture. . One of his questions is this: 'Why do good people do bad things?" I recently conducted a straw poll straw poll or vote
an unofficial poll or vote taken to find out the opinion of a group or the public on some issue
Noun 1. among people I know who make a living in sales and marketing - some for associations, some selling to associations. In an era when so many report feeling unusually stressed, I asked, "What are you worried about?" Here's what they said:
* Not making my goals means I don't eat. If I don't perform, I don't get paid.
* I don't have time to do everything that needs to be done to make my goals.
* It's hard to get the support I need (from my staff, colleagues, supervisors) to meet my goals - they don't share my priorities.
* I fear that I will make a big mistake that will cost everyone a lot of money.
* I'm worried that my organization will reorganize re·or·gan·ize
v. re·or·gan·ized, re·or·gan·iz·ing, re·or·gan·iz·es
To organize again or anew.
To undergo or effect changes in organization. and I'll lose my job.
* I don't-think my company cares very much about me as an individual.
* I'm worried that my life is out of balance - that I don't spend enough time with my family.
* I'm worried about the extent to which my job encroaches on my personal life.
* I'm worried about being able to take care of my family.
* I'm worried about being too much in debt.
* I sometimes wonder if, in the great scheme of things, what I'm doing will make a difference in the world.
I went on to ask this question: "How does your worry about these things "These Things" is an EP by She Wants Revenge, released in 2005 by Perfect Kiss, a subsidiary of Geffen Records. Music Video
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2. affect the way that you work?" Here's what these really good, really successful people said:
* When I take time for myself, away from work, I feel guilty.
* I am sometimes unwilling to take risks that I probably should.
* I am unwilling to express myself sometimes when I should - I sometimes tolerate tol·er·ate
1. To allow without prohibiting or opposing; permit.
2. To put up with; endure.
3. To have tolerance for a substance or pathogen. or ignore injustice Injustice
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110,000 Japanese-Americans incarcerated during WWII. [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 487]
murdered after being falsely accused. [Br. Lit. .
* I am willing to take a larger profit from weaker customers.
* I am capable of misrepresenting myself/my association/my intentions to members or customers.
* I sometimes overstate our capabilities.
* I deal unevenly with members or customers.
* I sometimes discreetly dis·creet
1. Marked by, exercising, or showing prudence and wise self-restraint in speech and behavior; circumspect.
2. Free from ostentation or pretension; modest. bend the rules because, in the great scheme of things, it's the easiest way for me to achieve fairness - the ends do sometimes justify the means.
Do any of these small concessions to the pressures that we face matter? I think they do. Even under layers of cynicism Cynicism
See also Pessimism.
(444–371 B. C.) Greek philosopher and founder of Cynic school. [Gk. Hist.: NCE, 121]
churlish, sarcastic advisor of Timon. [Br. Lit. and mistrust we recognize and value fair play, honesty, compassion, and self-reliance, not only for their inherent worthiness but also because they must be present for sustained success.
I think you will find the article by Michael Daigneault useful in thinking about how you will construct a legacy - for yourself and for your association.