December 15, 2004
News & Opinion: Time Warner pays up
Since I write about values and business, people often ask me whether there is a bottom-line payoff for ethical or socially responsible behavior. I write about this in my book, Faith and Fortune: The Quiet Revolution to Reform American Business." But sometimes I think it's a dumb question. If we are only going to be ethical or socially responsible when it pays off, then there's not much point to ethics, is there?
Besides, today's Time Warner story--along with all the scandals that have gone before it-makes clear that unethical behavior exacts a terrible toll on a company and its people.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.