Teflon coating is great for frying pans; nothing sticks and everything washes off easily. “Teflon is a great creation that has made life in the kitchen much more pleasant. Miraculously, nothing sticks to Teflon. Teflon people have the same uncanny characteristic. Regardless of how badly they mess up, they manage to repel the blame quicker than you can point a finger. Nothing sticks to Teflon People.” (Simmons, 2006) Today we see leaders and people of influence deflecting responsibility and not being accountable for their own actions. It appears they believe that they can deflect responsibility for their choices and decisions, and that the blunders they cause should just be washed away.
As the Enron trial moved along, I was amazed at how the people in charge wanted to claim they are not responsible. They wanted to blame others and claimed they are indeed the victims. More than appalling, it was an example of how many people today think they have Teflon coatings and that nothing can stick to them. Although we are seeing cracks in that coating in many instances, it also brings up a very important concept, that of personal integrity. Whatever you do can and does have a ripple effect, and you never know when it will come back to you.
It is important to know what you stand for and what your price for selling out would be. It is easy to say that there is no amount of money that could sway you, but you never know what you would do if you were actually offered something to look the other way or even take part in an unethical act. I don’t think the people of Enron were bad people, I believe they simply were offered their price. The money, perks and power were enough for them to sell out. And if people are good at nothing else, they are good at justifying. People can make anything seem right when they want to. There is a line in a song, “You have to stand for something or you will fall for anything.” You must be committed to taking a stand and upholding your ethical beliefs even in the face of temptation and pressure. My guess is it isn’t as easy as one would hope.
To be an ethical person, you have to have more than values and morals, you also have to stick to them. If you are willing to allow those values and morals to be easily washed away with temptation, you will find yourself constantly deflecting trouble. It is easy to say what you would do. It is much more challenging to do it. So make sure you are committed to your values and morals and are willing to take a stand and stick with the results of your choices. Not an easy thing to do, but one that will provide rewards far beyond money and power.
Are you committed to your values and morals?
Live the Day
Today, ask yourself how committed you are to your values and morals. Are you willing to take a stand for what you believe?
Daily Success Formula
Teflon + People = Doesn’t keep bad decisions from sticking
“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” Janis Joplin
“The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.” Florence Scovel Shinn