Thanks to Deb Coviello for hosting a thoughtful discussion probing the practical benefits of cultivating an ethical mindset and creating an ethical culture. Here are some excerpts:
Our whole existence is a struggle between short term goals and long term goals. Our brains are designed in compartments, and these two outlooks are constantly at odds with one other.
When you build a culture of ethics, then you gradually build a culture of success. Your clients, customers, and employees feel like they’re part of something bigger than themselves.
When you know where you’re going, and you’re going toward a destination that’s worthwhile, people of quality will want to go with you.
No choice is also a choice. Ethics means that we look into the distance, weigh all the variables, and do the best we can.
When people see that leaders are struggling to do the right thing, that builds the trust that leads to respect and drives success.
A culture of success makes people want to give their all and go the extra mile, because we’re all in this together and we believe in the mission.
Potential needs to be realized through a crucible. “Don’t let a crisis go to waste” should mean that we push ourselves to rise to the occasion so that we can achieve more than we ever imagined.