Last week, an exec said a lot of nasty things about Goldman Sachs in a New York Times OpEd piece. Enterprise CIO Forum community manager John Dodge explains what CIOs can learn from this.
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Two things came to mind listening to your commentary about the Greg Smith OpEd in the New York Times.
1.) (specific to the individual) there's a potential for negativity that is likely to spill out of an organization publicly ("social media danger zones"), even among "happy" employees. Perhaps those that have taken a cautionary approach to social media are right? (don't think so, but they have a point)
2.) (specific to the organization) there's a need to for an organizational ethos that supports ethical decision making. I'm reminded of the 5 "pillars" suggested by Joel Dobbs: attitudes & thoughts; humility; trust; concern for others; and stewardship.
Key to avoiding these snafus is culture, which can be difficult to change.
(note: I work on projects sponsored by EnterpriseCIOForum.com and HP)