Are You Living a Life of Dual Morality?

A successful account manager speaks to his prospect. The prospect is on the fence. The deal is worth millions. One simple stretch of the truth on the part of the account manager can seal the deal. Within seconds the account manager speaks the untruth, the contract is signed. It will be months before the client figures out the truth, and besides, it was only a small lie.

A father arrives home from work to find his teenage son in the basement with friends. The kids are discussing a minor traffic accident that happened earlier in the day. The son bumped another car in a parking lot, no one saw it. The son drove away; after all, it was only minor damage, only a small lie.

The father hears of this and is immediately aghast at his son’s behavior. He couldn’t believe the boy would drive away without even leaving a note to the car owner. He reprimands his son, tells him this is not honorable, and begins the process of helping his son find the car owner so that he can make things right.

The account manager and the father are the same man with two sets of values:  one set he uses at work, the other he uses at home. The account manager deceives the potential client, the father reprimands the son for being dishonest.

It is nearly impossible to succeed in the world, to find peace, to reach your potential if you live a life of dual morality. Self-awareness happens when you recognize who you are, who you want to be, and where you fall short. When you become accountable for all of your actions, not just the one’s people can see.

Make your choices at work the same way you would make them in your personal life. If more people would behave in this manner, there would be far less deceptive advertising, angry clients, and confused children. Character isn’t something that can be part time. Real success requires real character, not dual morality.

Cynthia Corsetti Back Button