Taking Your Stand on Ethics

Everyone is for ethics. They fall in the categories of Mom, apple pie, and the American flag. No one stands up and takes a stand against high ethical standards.

Still something is amiss…

Here in Minneapolis it was another week of watching the antics of Denny Hecker, trying to convince a Federal Judge that he had no idea where $200,000 went this summer. It went on as his lawyers then tried to make the case that he should be released so that he could find the missing receipts. Let me get this straight: Hecker “misplaces” the receipts and then we should reward his shenanigans by giving him back his freedom? Good grief!

Hecker’s story is certainly not the only high-profile case in the Twin Cities. Tom Petters fraud case and Trevor Cook’s investment scam also made the headlines. Nationally, we have Bernie Madoff, Mark Hurd, and the scores of personalities around the banking crisis to serve as bad examples. Sliding ethical standards allowed each of these people the room to operate. Scarier is the willingness of other leaders to defend some of these actions as “not that serious” or “necessary evils.”

The willingness of business leaders to tolerate unethical behavior must stop. We are entrusted with the control of many of the world’s resources. Our calling is to be good stewards of these resources and we should take that calling seriously. If we fail to respond, the government believes their calling is to protect citizens from unethical businesspeople. They are already taking action and will continue to tighten their grip – not what any of us want.

It’s time to take a stand!

Adults have already formed their ethical standards and approaches. We can only have limited impact on these folks. Deterrence and prosecution are the tools we can use to limit damage. 

We do have the opportunity to influence our youth and make sure that high ethical standards become an integral part of their lives. They are the leaders of the future and can be shown and taught that ethics do matter.

It’s time to take your stand!

On November 12th, a group of concerned leaders will hold an Ethics Summit at St. Thomas. Former prosecutor Hank Shea will lead a morning of activities designed to start the discussion on how we can make ethics an integral part of our youth’s development. Join us as we explore ways to mobilize the Twin Cities to consistently bring ethical considerations to the fore. Invest twenty bucks and a morning of your time to the cause.

Register on-line (by clicking here) or contact Sara Paul at touv0001@umn.edu or (651) 338-1302 to be a part of the movement!



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