assault or sexual harassment suits comes from bystanders simply doing nothing

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assault or sexual harassment suits comes from bystanders simply doing nothing to prevent the incident. Doing nothing in the business domain is abdicating responsibility to step in and do the right thing. Studies revealed a disturbing discovery that when an attacker attacks a victim in a
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public area, the crowd is less likely to get involved, due to uncertain personal repercussions (cite). Playing ignorant is how many of the financial giants like Enron and Goldman Sachs used that as their alibi when doing unscrupulous acts to scam their customers. Their leadership was not privileged to all the specific unethical acts, but the corporate culture during the 2002 and 2008 very much mirrored the Iron Rule. History demonstrates repeatedly that unbridled consumption with no morals or ethical compass to guide by leads to financial crashes that hurt employees and customers in the end. The “Tit for Tat” philosophy is most known for the Tin Rule. This rule states that one will reciprocate the actions of their adversary, whether it is good or bad. This rule seems like thisis a neighborly rule, but it is fraught with risk. The risk is that this is a potential slippery slope tounethical behavior if one party conducts a hostile act to their adversary. The Tin Rule is not governed by ethical conduct, but as a way to remind their adversaries of negative consequences done unto them for any bad actions (Laster, ). That is a form of intimidation, and ethical businesses need to stay clear of that reciprocal policy because it opens up opportunities for improprieties. Senior leaders are responsible for establishing clear limits and governance on what is ethical and set the example by following their own policies. As Red Corp’s consultant I would advise against taking any short term gains without taking in consideration the long term consequences. For example if the company’s organizational culture is based on the Iron Rule, which is to say “do unto other as you like, before they do it unto you” (Laster, ), then I would advise that reviewing a competitor’s sensitivedata only leads to negative long term consequences. The leadership may see viewing a competitor’s data as capturing a business opportunity. Ultimately, it compromises the business
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integrity and also diminishes customer confidence once someone discovers about the disclosed sensitive data. The consequences of Red Corporation not disclosing Blue Corp’s customer database also leads into what message is Red Corp sending to the public and to their competitor? Not doing something conveys a message just as powerfully as taking a deliberate act to steal competitor’s data. The competitor, or maybe the public, will perceive nefarious acts done by Red Corporation, regardless of the ethical climate they governed in the past. Even if Red Corp ruled by the Golden Rule, their act of doing nothing and leaving sensitive data knowingly online will seem as an act of corporate espionage, as if Red Corporation planted it themselves. The public sentiment and lost customer support for Red Corp would be immeasurable. Companies that
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