Sunday, 22 November 2009

Let’s do the right thing, not just what the rules say

As a passionate Irishman and a fervent football supporter, I am aghast at the Thierry Henry incident in the France-Ireland game. Ball to hand/ hand to ball whichever way you look at it, it was the defining moment of the game. The furore it has caused, where it has moved from sport, to politics and to national pride, demonstrates that we still want to trust our heroes, we still want to have role models and we still want people to do the right thing. I could not help but relate back to organisational issues where, often, we have stopped asking: is it right or wrong?; is it legal or illegal?

When we look at the recent examples of MPs expenses in the UK, too often we heard the line "it was within the guidelines", even when paying for a moat or duck house is, to any sane person, wrong. I believe that organisations and leaders must trust. I also believe that we all have a responsibility to do the right thing.

I will not be cheering France on at the World Cup Finals!

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