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The Ethical Dilemma by Peter R. Garber

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Pressures to Succeed

Vince Lombardi, head coach of the Green Bay Packers for many years, once said, “Winning isn’t everything—it’s the only thing.” This attitude still prevails in the business world. There are no officials wearing striped shirts and blowing whistles to make sure that everyone plays by the rules, but the pressure to make the numbers and attain competitive goals is extremely intense in today’s corporations.

Employees become cynical when they see their leaders cut corners or turn the other way when something is done that is clearly a violation of company policy. Many a new hire is taken aside and told “That’s not the way things are really done around here.” There is often a considerable amount of peer pressure to conform to ...

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