The longer I am in this business, the more I learn. Additionally, the longer I am here, the more I cannot believe the incongruities and deceits that abound. I know, deceit in biz has been around forever. It is why CS Lewis is taught in business schools and ethics classes. It is also why we have compliance departments and attorneys. It is why we are constantly exposed to others’ mistakes and misfortunes, ie; Martha Stewart and Enron. It is also how we learn and how our true selves are exposed.
Over the last fifteen months, I have changed jobs and as a result, have been exposed to whole ‘nother under-belly of the recruiting industry. It is always difficult for me to believe when I hear of an impropriety or desertion of principles. But it happens every single day. I am told about it, I read about it, and I experience it, myself, first hand.
I understand that everyone has their own level of understanding of the universal moral code, I get that. I also know that as we age in business, how we understand, interpret, and follow that code will alter. Some of us think it’s ok to not pay taxes, some of us think it is ok to not pay a split partner, some of think it is ok to raise our fees to fill a gap, some of think it is ok to not tip. And there are those that pay their taxes dutifully, that pay their split partners as soon as the client pays them, that provide incredible service at the same fee for every customer/client, and that over-tip when it is right and good to do so.
Is it ever ok or right to lie? Is it ever ok to tell a client that you provide a specific service when you don’t? Or that your service will cover their butts should a question or issue or legality arise? Kind of like H&R Block’s promise that they will cover the gap should you have to pay taxes when they have determined and stated that you do not?
The gist of this rant is that I am tired of the lies that are circulated by companies about their competitors or about themselves simply to gain business. I am tired of the capability lie – I could go on but frankly, I’m getting sick.
Sandra McCatt ...great comment...maybe the best comment I have ever read...anywhere.
Thanks Brian, my call a shovel a spade style makes some people a little nervous. Some have observed that i say what a lot of people are thinking but are too PC or too nice to say. I have about decided that the internet is nothing but a giant sewer full of crappy opinions with a few chunks of truth floating around in it. I don't purport to have any final solutions to anything but i am sure sick of those who think they do.
Brian Meeks said:Sandra McCatt ...great comment...maybe the best comment I have ever read...anywhere.