Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Ethics continue to be an issue in business

While we make much of how much we have learned from the ENRON, Worldcom, and many other situations, I continue to be stunned that unless precisely the same situation arise, there is an ethical blind spot in the minds of many business leaders.

For example, the Association of Executive Search Consultants recently recommended a firm to help people find jobs. This is so counter to the normal ethics of executive search, that I found it stunning. It represents a major conflict, and furthermore, most of these firms exploit desperate and frightened executives by over-promising and under-delivering.

As Chairman of the Marketing Executives Networking Group www.mengonline.com, I see this dynamic a lot. Ethics are in short supply so often.

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