We’ve all heard “Survival of the fittest” but there is a misconception about how that works in nature. It does not mean the biggest, baddest, and most cruel animal survives just because they are strong … it means the animal most fit for the environment will survive. This is also true in business, the most fit for the environment will survive and it doesn’t take unethical business practices to be successful. In fact, some of the most successful people in the world do so by making their focus on helping others and being fair. For Example:
[blockquote author=”Brian Tracy”]Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?'[/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”Zig Ziglar”]You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.[/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”Robert Kiyosaki”]Change your focus, from making money to serving more people. Serving more people makes the money come in.[/blockquote]
Just to name a few!
So what should you do if you’re faced with a situation that poses an ethical dilemma? I realize it’s over simplified, but the answer is simply “do what’s right” so that you can lay your head down and sleep at night.
Every decision we make has a consequence, and doing the right thing in the face of adversity may pose some very real consequences. You have to weigh your situation with your personal beliefs and make a decision that best fits both of these worlds. Sometimes you have to walk away from an organization, from a job, with nothing to fall back on to do what’s right … and that’s something you have to decide whether or not you can live with.
You also have to consider the legality of the choices you make, and if you’re asked to do something illegal … well, there are consequences to that as well. Do what YOU believe is right for your situation, your moral compass, and your family.
I was recently faced with just such a situation where I worked for a business that was performing unethically. I was asked to “pad” my time so we bill more to the clients. I was working for a boss that paid his employees late (by weeks) while he went on vacations and enjoyed his country club membership. He was hurting people at both ends of his company, and I had to say “Enough is enough!” I had no other job, only my faith that I was doing what was right and that I would be rewarded for my actions, and I most certainly was! I now do good work and get paid considerably more, and I would have missed out on this opportunity had I feared the unknown and kept doing his dirty work.