In this week’s episode of the CBS drama, The Good Wife, a lead character is chastised by a subordinate with the line, “It’s a tough economy for integrity.” The line stopped me in my tracks because I believe it to be true.
Then my last initial thought was, “What skill would he have had to develop personally that would have given him the strength to stand up to the practices he felt were out of integrity, and possibly see the company change?” Again the word courage came to my mind. I would like to recommend that Greg read Bill Treasurer’s Courage Goes to Work.
Goldman’s largest clients actually support Goldman’s practices because they are making money. The clients suffering loses are generally smaller, less ‘important’ clients. Unless someone gives those clients proof they were knowingly sold products that that would harm them, they have nowhere to turn but to quietly exit the closest door. Supplying that information would have taken courage.