Morality in Sports and business
Morality in Sports and business
An odd title for a blog but it it’s something I feel compelled to write about.
I recently saw the “Lance Armstrong” documentary on HBO and was captivated by it. It roused some interesting questions in my own mind.
Before I continue let it be known for the record that I personally do not advocate the use of any performance enhancing drugs and do not support Lance’s decision to dope. If you are going to step into an arena of trial, whether it is physical or mental, it is my philosophy that you do so with the tools you were born with. After all, is it not about being the best that YOU can be and surviving/overcoming said trial without any chemical/medical assistance? For me it’s a question of being able to look at myself in the mirror and saying “it was all you Rhod”. Other people don’t have that problem and it is not for me to judge. I am simply stating my case. Most things in life are not black or white, they are varying shades of grey, but for me, the question of morality is a simple one – did you do the right thing or not? You can only answer in the negative or affirmative – there is no “well it’s like this” clause.
In my home town we have a saying “you were tried, you were tested and you were found wanting” – basically it means you fell short of your attended target. Most people associate the phrase with failure, and actually revel in the fact that you did fail; but I would argue differently. If I chose to put myself in an arena in the first place then that’s a win. If I was unsuccessful, then typically I learn more from my failures than my successes. Thirdly if I came up short and gave it everything I had without the use of performance enhancing drugs then I also learned that I didn’t have what it took at that particular time; needless to say, I would take the lessons learned from my failure and re-engage my nemesis at another point in time. It rekindles your fervor to be victorious and in my opinion there is no greater motivation out there.
Lance Armstrong had many reasons for doing what he did and as a result became possibly the most hated man in sporting history. The greatest tragedy in my opinion is that he will mostly be remembered for the blatant lies and the man who successfully cheated the system for 7 years, rather than undisputedly being the best endurance cyclist on the planet (every single rider in the tour during his reign as champion were taking EPO to enhance performance and recovery) – not to mention the fact that he was a source of incredible inspiration to cancer sufferers while raising millions of dollars that were utilized for cancer research.
In the end it is only he that has to live with his decisions and the consequences of those decisions.
In a business environment you do not have the luxury of “playing your cards close to your chest” or “withholding key information” of having “unscrupulous morals” because unlike Lance Armstrong, who solely carries the burdens of his decisions and the subsequent morality behind those decisions on his own shoulders, your decisions directly affect those who work in, with and around you. Regardless of your position in a company what you do or don’t do affects others, period. There is no grey area here and if you don’t pull your weight somebody else is going to have to pick up the slack. Today’s businessmen and women are looking to hire people that believe in certain life codes. If I were to name a few, adjectives such as loyalty, trust, integrity, accountability, grit, tenacity would all be noble/hirable qualities. Companies are looking to create culture and are looking for employee retention. If they can find these people they will train them and give them the necessary tools to perform their day to day tasks. Having a Degree, Masters or PHD is slowly losing its power – why hire someone who is possibly the smartest person on the planet but has no morals and doesn’t play well with others? Their position in a team simply becomes untenable, and in today’s complex world of business, the need for lone wolves is few and far between. Most have been left in the wilderness to die.
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