Ethics & Values
Winning In Business - The Ethical Way

by Lance Winslow
In sports, cheating is not considered winning. In school, cheating is not considered appropriate for earning your grade. When it comes to cheating, there is no honor in that. Can a  business be any different as far as ethics are concerned?
In sports we don't consider cheating; winning. Just as we don't consider cheating in school, earning your grade - and so cheating in business is often looked at the same way. Not long ago, I was discussing this with a bright up and coming engineer; Jared Kent, and I think our dialogue is worthy of note, so let's talk shall we?

Jared notes that high IQ folks may not choose the business route in life. They may find a more benevolent calling in academia, and since so many people (society's perception of entrepreneurs, corporate executives and business owners) are busy cheating the system smart people may not want into that game; "They are thinkers after all and winning honestly is just as important because winning is pointless if not honest."

Yes, because if you cheat, you didn't really win, not that very high IQ people consider winning a relevant goal - they are not so much into competition or sport as into intellectual pursuits. Further, when it comes to cheating; there is no honor in that. In fact, there is little honor in playing in a game that is dishonest, unless you are doing it for pure sport, like the deceptive game of poker, or the cause is so great that you are forced to compartmentalize that unfortunate truth to survive in it long enough to do what you know to be correct or best. This is where pragmatism of ethics is challenging on the mind of the man with intellectual and moral integrity. Nevertheless, I'd be disingenuous if I didn't stop right here and say that I concur with his summation, with a few caveats however.

Jared also notes that for a high IQ person; "The journey is the important part and adding value to the system, not the scoreboard."

Okay, but if that is used as a cop out, then the plateau will never be summited to do the most good. The most good in this case being the goods and services or value believed by the buyers or consumers who vote with their dollars, provided that dollar is of value, was earned, and means something to them, as they are trading their purchases for things they now cannot have, but perhaps still desire, need or want.

So, not valuing the scoreboard might not be a fair or well-thought out reason or excuse for the ultra-high IQ individual. Thus, that cannot and should not be an excuse for lack of success (even if it is success in the view of the unscrupulous populous of under achieved IQ). High IQ people can rationalize things outside their domain looking into another incorrectly, just like everyone else. Please consider all this and think on it.
Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Business Ethics Concepts. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net

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