Having worked in the financial services industry since 1984, I have seen my fair share of unethical behavior. For most of this time, I have always believed that the over-developed need (desire) to achieve financial success and power were mostly to blame for this unsavory behavior.
I still believe that but, after watching the presentation below and doing some additional reading on the subject, I now believe that sports may play an important role in shaping our business ethics and resulting behavior.
Where do we draw the line?
Competition: what's fair today? Where we draw that line in sports, and in the general culture, shapes the games we play and the society in which we live. Our panel explores the murky ethical terrain of extreme competition as reflected in sports. Featuring Craig Robinson, Jeremy Schaap, Jim Brown and William E. Mayer.
Aspen Ideas Festival 2012
Aspen Institute, 26June2012
Are we taking college sports too seriously?
Dr. Aubrecht, a physics professor at Ohio State, says he doesn't have enough money in his own budget to cover attendance at conferences. “From a business perspective,” he can see why Coach Meyer was hired, but he calls the package just more evidence that the “tail is wagging the dog.”
~ Excerpt from How Big-Time Sports Ate College Life by Laura Pappano -- New York Times, 01.20.2012
Do we live in a "win-lose" society?
Win-win sees life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. Win-win means agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying. We both get to eat the pie, and it tastes pretty darn good!
~ Stephen R. Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
On a related note...
Articles & Resources
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University
"We all have the capacity to be quite bad under the right circumstances." ~ Dan Ariely