moralist Posted January 29, 2017 Share Posted January 29, 2017 On 1/27/2017 at 10:42 AM, KorbenDallas said: Correct, in a discussion of business ethics I would not have opened with an assertion that businesses routinely use false accusations of fraud as a competitive strategy. This is because I have a degree in business and there were discussions of business ethics, so I do know what I would actually do in those situations---not some strawman setup like you tried here. Your comment alludes to an interesting question, Korben... Are there any ethical businesses which don't use false accusations? I also have a degree in business. It's from the University of American Capitalism and I got it by running my own businesses for 37 years. This is the axiom I found to be true from decades of business experience. People will treat you as decent as you are... ... and even if they aren't... ... they treat you as if they were. I don't do business with unethical people. But rarely because I don't choose to... but because they don't. There is a principle in contract law called "a meeting of the minds". It's the common understanding between two parties which makes a business interaction possible. But it's actually more than just minds meeting... It's also matching values. It's impossible for a business transaction to take place without shared values. Here's an example... I banked with United California Bank which became First Interstate Bank which merged with Wells Fargo Bank. The service I've received for many years has been uniformly excellent even though the banks have changed over the decades. Lately Wells Fargo has been involved in some really unethical business practices that have affected thousands of customers. But none of this has affected me, because... "even if they're not... they treat me as if they were". Every time I have felt that I was not treated fairly and honestly examined the situation, I found a flaw in my own ethics which made it possible. I had granted my sanction to become a victim of unfair treatment. This puts all of the personal responsibilitiy to set the moral tone in business interactions where it belongs...on me. This is the true purpose of business... to learn how to become a better person. And if you do, you will be consistently successful... regardless of any business or political cycles. By serving others who match your values, you will live a good life... ...and I also discovered that axiom applies to EVERYTHING. Greg Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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