There is widespread belief in the world today, to get ahead in politics and business man can not have rules. Some have high moral fiber in your homes. They might even be pillars in the church. But when it comes to business, they are unrecognizable as the same people. I’ve had managers tell me, ethics not add to the bottom line. I’ve even been told to stop being naive, all compromise their ethics, ever.
There are many opportunities in business today where we will be in a position to make a choice. In business, as in life, there are many forks in the road. It may seem to be the fastest way to success, take the road to do something, we know in our hearts is not right.
I believe that particular road is built on sand. It may feel solid at first, but as fact, the road soon begins to disintegrate and performance is lost. In leadership, it is even more important to have principles. When we teach and lead people, they will do as we do, not as we say. We would quickly become a leader unprincipled people who will do anything unethical to succeed. This behavior, finally, opens companies to legal and regulator affairs. Most of all, disappointment and distrust customers. This is very evident in the activities of politics today. Who can we trust and believe in?
In business, reputation is everything. Not only will customers, finally, mistrust and avoid unethical business, but people talk. Word of mouth is a powerful thing. It can make or break a company. It is said that when someone is happy with the product or service they want, on average, say five others. If they are unhappy with the way they have been treated, they will say eleven to sixteen people. The eleven to sixteen people want, not just not do business with that company or person, they will tell others. It does not take long to ruin. Soon the company is gone.
We have to try to be right, our ethics, as well as service to our customers, 100% of the time. When you are the leader of the nation, these people are putting it on the line for your business and you every single day. They are arrogant, you know what is right and in their favor. We need to know from the beginning what is right and wrong. Our lives depend on it.