Business vs Integrity - which will win?
A few weeks ago I wrote an article on LinkedIn that went a little viral.
It's a theme I have written about for quite some time that business has become dark:
- Journalism: John Oliver.
- Millennial slaves.
- The exploitation of digital workers.
- Lying to your customers. Volkswagon.
- Chasing digital strategy.
Is there one person out there in the business world who actually believes in value and integrity as core to their business? It seems that everyone is really just interested in ripping one another off; in getting ahead by stepping on their neighbor. Nobody cares about people anymore.
Everybody is great at wagging their finger at the Harvey Weinsteins of the world, who somehow find themselves in the cross hairs of the flock. But we've all become a little less astute at our roles in creating the Harvey Weinsteins or the high school shooters.
I thought maybe at first I was the only one tired of dealing with the McMafia business models that seem too prevalent in the world today but judging by the reaction I'm getting from people, there are plenty of others who feel the same way. People who are tired of companies like Volkswagen who criminally mislead people; Canon who sucks it's own ink out their catridges, that you just paid a fortune for, and they call it "cleaning"; Apple who mines tin for their slick iPhones using child labour and pretends they know nothing about this practice; and of course the consumers themselves who live in the Capitol, and who really don't care about where anything comes from or how it's made, well Battle Royale to you.
We live in an era of fraud in America. Not just in banking, but in government, education, religion, food, even baseball... What bothers me isn't that fraud is not nice. Or that fraud is mean. For fifteen thousand years, fraud and short sighted thinking have never, ever worked. Not once. Eventually, you get caught, things go south. When the hell did we forget all that? I thought we were better than this, I really did.
- Mark Baum (The Big Short)
And I guess the biggest question I have is: are there any Gandalfs left in Minas Tirith?