Typically I try to stay focused on ethics and the programmatic associated with an effective ethics program for the business enterprise. However, the other day I was listening to a sports radio talk channel on the way to work. The talking head was discussing an event at the White House where Boston Red Sox David Ortiz took the opportunity to take a “selfie” with the President The talking head took exception with this act. His comment was that even one of the baseball’s good guys had stepped outside the box by abusing the executive office for his own benefit.
Not only did this seem a pretty weak defense for poor social behavior and conduct, it brought back memories of the big victory celebration parade earlier in the year where David Ortiz got on the national stage and declared to terrorists around the world that “Boston was our F***ing city”.
Earlier in the week, I had the distinct honor and privilege of introducing SFC Sammy Lee Davis, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor to a small group of citizens gathered to kick off a civic event for MOH recipients later this year. Mr. Davis made a short comment after the group viewed a video recount of his exploits saving the lives of several of his fellow soldiers, his “brothers.
In his comments, Mr. Davis called no attention to himself but in soft understated phrases and words, it became clear that Mr. Davis is one of humanity’s good guys.
If baseball is looking for good guys, perhaps it needs more Mr. Davises and fewer Mr. Ortizes. I know effective ethics programs for successful enterprises do.