Common Sense

Character Counts

Well, I think on a day like this, this says it all: more than eight of ten CEOs admit they cheat at golf.

According to a Starwood Hotels survey of some 401 big corporate muckety-mucks, 82 percent of these guys admit to fudging on their scorecards.

But here's the kicker: virtually all consider themselves to be honest in business. I guess they're maniacs on the links.

As one of these guys confided to USA Today, "When you see what they'll do for a $10 bet, it makes you wonder what they'll do for a million dollar loan..."

Here's what I wonder, what will they do for a multi-billion dollar company, or a multi-billion dollar deal?

Think about it.

One analyst looked at this and said, well, you have to understand CEOs are commanding figures — they get what they want.

I say, sure, but they shouldn't get it lying, or cheating, or fooling. And for God's sake, if they see no problem doing it in a golf outing, what's to stop them from doing it in a boardroom?

I still think that if we had paid more attention to Bill Clinton's famous mulligans early in his presidency, we'd have been prepared for the scandals that would rock his presidency.

It gets back to character and honesty.

Cheating at golf doesn't tell me you're a liar. Bragging about it tells me you could be.

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