There is no such thing as business ethics
Every week, Bill Wright, the broker/owner of RE/MAX Executive Realty, sends out an email entitled, "Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction For the Week Ahead". What a great way to start the week!
With Bill's permission, I am reposting the email that he sent Monday morning, entitled "There Is No Such Thing As Business Ethics". Here's what Bill wrote:
"About 7 years ago, I was contacted by a university student whose assignment was to interview a business owner about 'business ethics'. If you recall, the timing 7 years ago was during the height of the corporate ethical lapse that was rampant in America and was leading headlines in most business publications. I agreed to be interviewed and set the stage with this young man that it most likely would be a very short interview.
The telephone interview started as I said, "I mentioned this will be a short interview as I believe there is no such thing as business ethics." There was nothing but silence on the other end of the phone. The student was shocked and speechless. He finally regrouped and asked the important question of, "Why do you say that?" Well, it turned out to be a long interview and as a summary it went something like this:
There is no such thing as business ethics. Either you have ethics or you don't. Ethics is not a sometimes thing. You can't have ethics in your personal life and not have them in your business life. You can't pick and choose when you have ethics...depending on which side of the fence you are sitting on. A person or a business can't pay lip service and say we have ethics, when the behavior and actions speak differently and louder.
Ethics is like integrity...either you have it or you don't. Ethics starts with knowledge...knowing the difference between right and wrong...and then choosing to do the "right thing". Ultimately, there is a difference between unethical and ignorant. But, ignorance is still no excuse. Thus, ethics is about knowledge and conduct. Ethics is about moral values, the values regarding right and wrong, and applying this to each and every situation no matter how difficult or complex it may be.
There is no such thing as business ethics. Ethics applies to everything.
Something to Think About:
As Realtors, we subscribe to the National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics. Being a Realtor is voluntary and as Realtors we have chosen to abide by these standards as our commitment to professionalism and protection to the general public. The Code of Ethics' intent is to hold us to a higher standard.
Are you familiar with the three categories of the Code of Ethics? Do you know all thirteen Articles? The Code of Ethics is necessary and I challenge you to be familiar with it. But, more importantly are the values the Code is trying to hold us to. Are these values incorporated into your everyday activities? The current market conditions create situations and moral dilemmas for all Realtors. Have you ever noticed making the "right" decision sometimes can be very difficult and less profitable? Having ethics is not easy and can require some hard work. Good thing we love hard work! Let's embrace the values that our Code of Ethics is based upon and continue to run our businesses with integrity".
-- Bill Wright, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Executive Realty
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Words of Wisdom:
"Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do."