David Brooks, the NY Times columnist, is partly right, we have lost our moral compass and the Harvard Business School is responsible. Let me explain.
Years ago when you decided to become a business person, your motives were different. You wanted to make a living, pursue the “art of the deal”, and make profits – decently. Being a business person was not just about making money. Though you can’t stay in business without making a profit, business became an extension of your life. Your ethics, leadership qualities, negotiating skills , compassion and the understanding of your customers combined to make the right formula for success. No more ! Today’s crop of CEO’s , running Big Business, only care about their investors and their own personal bottom line.
What happened ? The professors of the Harvard Business School consult to the CEO’s they have created, reinforcing each other’s belief in the worship of money above all else. They have worshipped this ” false idol ” at the expense of Americans and the rest of humanity.
Gone is the original Harvard premise, pursue business to sell a product and make a profit , “decently”!
A new day starts now. We the people were angered by United’s callous disregard of a person’s rights and his dignity. The Public fought back by divesting of United’s stock that caught management’s attention. Perhaps now they’ll consider the needs of the flying public, too! People Power works. Use the power of the purse to get Management’s attention.
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