Take the high road

Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)

I received a phone call the other day from a very good friend, someone possessing a good moral code. He was presented with a situation at work in which he was being asked to make a choice between doing the right thing and doing something . . . well . . . not right.

We are faced with this dilemma daily. And we have a choice of doing what’s right or doing what’s not right.

How you react shows the depth of your character, especially when no one is looking.

“It is better to be defeated standing for a high principle than to run by committing subterfuge.”
Grover Cleveland, 22nd President of the United States (1885-1889)

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5 Responses to Take the high road

  1. Jeff Noel says:

    David, you know my first thought? It sounds a bit arrogant, so I’m not gonna post it here. If you know it (intuitively) I’ll confirm it publicly. Your posts really help me think about what’s important. Thank you for that.

    • David says:

      I was happy he called me for advice. Doing what is right in this situation probably means he loses his job. But if it becomes too easy to compromise your morals, maybe they were not strong enough to convict you in the first place.

      Very confident he will do the right thing.

      • Jeff Noel says:

        Wow, doing the right thing means losing his job? Ouch. Very sorry for him. Very, very sorry. This is not a good time to lose a job.

        It’s hard to fathom this situation.

        • David says:

          It sounds like a mid-level manager who wants to earn a bonus no matter the cost. By asking those beneath him to do something against company policy, he is putting the company’s reputation at risk, a risk that may cost jobs.

          I can’t make this stuff up.

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