Last nights London Evening Standard had a story on page 1 about “toxic and destructive” management culture. The story (accessed here: http://tiny.cc/sqd6aw) goes on to describe a 30-something who had quit his job with Goldman Sachs because of a collapse of its “moral fibre”. He said it, “veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer, in good conscience, say that I identify with what it stands for”.
This week, I too had a similar conscience gripper! I had occasion to interact with a new organisation (to me) over this past 10 days or so. It all started well enough, I saw an offering I liked, read the fine detail very carefully indeed, spoke to the key decision-maker, submitted relevant paperwork …. and waited. I thought it very strange when I heard nothing in return, so I followed up with a quick e-mail, only to be told: “sorry, we’ve decided that’s now restricted.”
Some might say it’s a sad indictment of organisational values and ethics, two areas I’ve spent my whole professional life championing because they are so dear to my heart in organisational terms!
Bluntly, these two episodes, although different in substance, are what give management a bad name and it is inexcusable. Organisation development should, if nothing else, root that out of the system once and for all. It’s a philosophy that Aresko is founded upon.
Both were examples of unethical behaviour and one, particularly, produced a profound moment for me personally when I thought: “that sort of management is a deal breaker for me actually.”
So what have you encountered in your professional life that has so starkly produced a deal breaking moment for you and was it a moral or ethical management issue? Did you feel strongly enough about it to vote with your heart or your head and let’s discuss:
“Ethical and moral issues – what’s your deal-breaking point?”