We have all been injured emotionally at one time or another, in one way of another – hurt by family, friends, business colleagues, news media, politicians or whatever – and the bitter urge to strike back becomes our first reaction.
A hospital administrator was once startled to see a patient fleeing down the hall from the operating room. Stopping the patient, he asked what seemed to be wrong. The patient exclaimed, “The nurse scared me near to death when she said, “Be brave! An appendectomy is a simple operation.”
Even though it is only two and-a-half hours away, I have not spent much time in Chicago. In 1974, I tagged along on a church youth trip chaperoned by my parents. I was only five, but I have some very distinct memories of that time.
Huh? Business and ethics in the same breath? Surely you jest. Just look at the current crop of political candidates and you must be dreaming to think that business and ethics are even part of the same conversation.
Having spoken at hundreds of funerals in my lifetime, I have discovered that final remarks relate a great deal about the deceased. It would be a fascinating experience to hear, in advance, what will be said in our eulogy.