Crossing lines

When I was a post grad, they had to cancel the ethics in marketing class, the reason – not enough interest in the class. We were a high performing group. We also knew right from wrong.  The integrity of that class was never in question.

Today I see a business world where the results seem to matter more than how you get them. Netflix is supporting its net neurtrality agenda by contriving situations to make to highlight the issue.  Uber has a littany of ethical issues. Big oil, big sugar, big drug… all of them have lost their way. It’s all way to short term.  [disclosure:I love Uber and Netflix services, I question their ethics]

This isn’t what gets me passionate about business.  I want to see more companies Building long term innovations that make a difference to world.  That leave it in a better place, that know how you get results is just as important as the result.


take control of yourself

I was driving home on Monday and was in a road that merged two lanes. Most folks were doing the ‘merge like a zip’ thing, one car didn’t. The guy in the car that got cut out went crazy. Classic road rage. Both drivers totally out of control mentally. Essentially adults behaving like kids.

Seeing this reminded me that the only thing we can really control is ourselves, how we respond to adversity or to the actions of others. Blaming other parts of the business ( “those IT guys”), or the project team or any other part of the busines just escalates the problem. I’m seeing it in, and around other parts of business. I’m also seeing how little progress they are making.  You just end up in stand off of blame, and no one wins.

Recognise whats going on, take control of yourself and your teams and start getting better outcomes