Friday, March 30, 2007

How would you handle a situation where your ethical principles conflict with your organization's ethics?

There are a couple of occasions from years back, one in school and the other as an employee, which, when they come to mind, fill me with regret and shame. I knew what was going on but chose to look the other way and conform.

How many times was I told that I'm "rocking the boat?" Later I came to understand that all that boat rocking was not a negative quality at all. It represented my best but my self confidence was treated as if it were inexperience or arrogance.

I learned to recognize that advice like, "Be a team player," is manipulative. Now, after doing my best to change people's minds, if the ethical conflict continues I leave the situation as soon as I can.

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