Do you remember the 1995 movie Billy Madison staring Adam Sandler?
How about the business ethics category/question that stumped Eric Gordon at the end of the movie?
At Redstone, we constantly discuss honesty, integrity and treating people the way you like to be treated. As a component of our employee on-boarding process, Executive Management staff and HR personnel meet with our new hires and go over with them our “Common Sense” presentation. The core message within this presentation is this quote by Frank Lloyd Wright “There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.” I think he was right. There is another slide that quotes the Oracle of Omaha (Warren Buffett). Mr. Buffett says “It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” So true.
Especially in the consulting and software world, I will argue that ethical behavior is more important than technical competency. The two together make a wonderful team.
Are these characteristics/traits becoming more and more rare? If so, are the pressures at home a contributing factor to the demise?
Please let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you!