Last Updated Jun 23, 2008 11:12 AM EDT
In business, doing what is right is often a scary proposition. It involves standing up to a superior, saying no, or saying goodbye. With "My career!" in the back of your mind at all times, these are not easy things to do. But I believe that living with yourself is even harder when you facilitate something you know to be wrong. Wherever you go, there you are. You are the sum of your actions, not the sum of your bank accounts.
There are many people who think they're so clever when they say that "business ethics" is an oxymoron. It's easy to cower under this idea; the news is filled with reprehensible acts by companies who have sold their soul for profit. But it's simply not true. Statistics have shown that companies who behave ethically outperform those that do not. "Good guys finish last." I don't think so. Last in what?
There are no perfect companies because there are no perfect people (and there are certainly no perfect ethics bloggers). Perfection is not attainable because right and wrong are not absolutes. The best thing I can do is strive toward a more perfect character by weighing right and wrong, and trying to find the former. Simply considering the two is the first step, and I've enjoyed doing that together with my readers.