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Leadership Lessons from West Point by Major Doug Crandall

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Chapter 4. INFLUENCING YOUR ORGANIZATION'S MORAL PHILOSOPHY

Brian Tribus

During the summer of 2005, I had the opportunity to travel to China to interact with students enrolled in the Beijing International M.B.A. Program. I led discussions about leader development and shared some insights from my experiences at West Point and in the Army. Following a presentation about the West Point Honor Code, one of the students asked me a tough question: "I agree that it is admirable to live by the spirit of the Honor Code and values of the Army. However, we live in the real world. Sometimes we have to compromise our ideal values in order to get the job done and keep our business alive, for example, by giving a client a gift to build a relationship (that is, ...

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