Do The Right Thing

OK, so we all know that in this hyper-connected tech world we live in just how fast word travels. Lately, there has been shift where breaking world news no longer is resigned to a major network anchor getting on air and giving us the latest. Now, the most recent happenings is shared with the rest of us by the citizen reporter either via Twitter, Facebook or some other electronic means. The good, the bad and the ugly of local, state and world information now comes to us in the blink of an eye.

No one knows better today about this than Goldman Sachs. We’re all getting the bad and the ugly now about them and their corporate culture via Greg Smith a now former Goldman employee. His rather scathing and insider’s view via this article on the New York Times op-ed page this week contrasted a once principled and client-centered financial giant with what apparently is now just the opposite and probably reinforcing a stigma so prevalent with Main Street of yet another Wall Street shop laden in principle and practice with greed and self-aggrandizement.

You see, several years ago this article might not have ever seen the light of day and if it did it would have taken a miracle for it to have gone viral like it has. Well, today, Goldman Sachs is reaping what it has sown to the tune of 2 billion dollars. Week after week, month after month, the internet provides the masses a platform like no other to make their voices heard. For those of us running businesses or involved in any type of service-oriented work it’s a reminder to take notice and do the right thing.

Do right by people and you position yourself for good word of mouth.

Do wrong by people and you position yourself to be the next Goldman Sachs.

Individually and collectively we all reap at some point what we have sown. There’s no two ways about it.

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