“This is corporate culture, and all business, all corporate culture is going to make excuses for the person who is making them a lot of money.”
– Paul Feig, movie director, commenting on the Weinstein scandal
When one of six accountants in your finance department skims $25 from the petty cash box, the decision to fire him is fairly easy.
When your top salesman adds a false $25 lunch to his expense report, not so much.
Why? Because having the courage of our convictions often reveals how much “courage” we have and the strength of our “convictions”.
Decisions should not be based on how difficult it will be to implement them. Virtue requires that we separate the two elements. First, we decide what the right thing to do is. Then, we figure out how to do just that. The second should not influence the first.
I believe it was Ray Dalio who said that we create principles in good times to help us make decisions in bad times. We must decide in advance if we will tolerate liars, cheaters, thieves – and sexual predators – in our midst. When we don’t decide in advance, making the right decision in the middle of a crisis is supremely difficult.
All it typically does is reveal our lack of principles.