How Can Teaching Organizational Ethics Help Your Child?

Same name, different fates

Edward/E.J. was known as “Easy Eddie” amongst his peers and colleagues. This nickname was, in a sense, perfect for him.

After all, the man had a humble background with first-generation immigrant parents, got married in his late teens, and had to be a breadwinner at a young age – he had to find an easy way to get through.

That way turned out to be a lucrative career in law, as he took a bar exam and got qualified in 1923. Soon the family’s fortunes improved, and they were able to lead a quiet, luxurious life.

However, in 1927, he got divorced from his wife, and he got custody of his son. The duo settled in Chicago, a hotspot for gang violence, bootlegging, and money laundering. 

At the head of the illegal trade was the most notorious crime lord of the time – Al Capone.

Soon, they met through acquaintances, and before long, he was the lawyer of Al Capone and his partner-in-crime. In no time, the man earned the nickname as he quickly cleared the charges against his employer by hook or crook. 

However, he was more worried about his son, who seemed to develop a lazy and flippant attitude. Moreover, his young son was spending his youth in close contact with criminals caused much grief. He began to fear for his son’s future and the impact of these activities on him. Ultimately, he sent his son to another state, away from Al Capone’s influence and his minions.

Nevertheless, he lamented that he might not be able to guide his boy in the right direction.

By 1930, he had had enough of this association. He set up a secret meeting with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials – who were desperately trying to convict Al Capone for tax evasion. His incriminating evidence earned the conviction of Al Capone in the following year.

It is common knowledge that no good deed goes unpunished.

In 1939, he was brutally killed by two shotgun-wielding assassins in Chicago. No arrests were made to date.

Three years later, the United States was in a much greater turmoil than the Prohibition era. The Attack on Pearl Harbour had scarred the national pride and the citizens with its great casualty. From a neutral party, the US had become an active participant in the second world.

Edward/Butch was an American naval aviator of the United States Navy. He was onboard the aircraft carrier Lexington, which had been assigned to penetrate enemy-held waters north of New Ireland. 

While the Lexington was 720 km away from the harbor, a wave of Japanese bombers launched an attack. The first wave of attack was dealt with by Lieutenant Commander John Thacht. Butch and his wingman, Duff Dufilho, found from Lexington to head off the second wave, which had more bombers.

At the moment, Dufilho discovered his guns were jammed. He was forced to turn away, leaving Butch alone between the Lexington and the nine bombers.

Undaunted, he roared into the enemy formation. While tracers from the concentrated fire of the nine bombers streaked around him, he took careful aim at the starboard engine of the last plane in the V-formation and squeezed his trigger. 

The bomber spun crazily toward the sea as Butch’s guns tore up another enemy plane. Then he ducked to the other side of the formation and smashed the port engine of the last Japanese aircraft there.

Overall, he had taken down five bombers when other pilots joined him. Later, it was figured out that he had managed to defeat the enemy using a small amount of ammunition (sixty rounds per plane). 

He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and awarded the highest decoration of his country, the Congressional Medal of Honour. It was a first for any naval aviator.

Also, Butch was the son of E.J., the former lawyer of Al Capone

While the father, Edward J O’Hare, did everything in his capacity to set up an excellent example for his son through redemption, the son, Edward H O’Hare, proved the worth of his teachings.

Imparting values to children

First of all, what are organizational ethics?

Organizational ethics refer to various guidelines principles and the code of conduct of the individuals working in a particular organization.

The basic organizational ethics are as follows:

  • No organization should depend on illegal practices to earn money.
  • Employees or employers should not indulge in the destruction or manipulation of data to get results.
  • There must be absolute fairness in monetary transactions and all kinds of trading.
  • The organization must not exploit any of the employees.
  • Organizations must not discriminate against any employee on the grounds of sex, physical appearance, age, or family background.
  • Never indulge in dubious interactions with your customers.
  • The organization must take care of the safety of the employees, and it should be the priority.
  • Every member should fully participate and take a fair share of the group work.
  • A culture of honesty has to be adopted.

The above rules seem simple. 

However, fair practices are not adopted in most the businesses. Employees get injured in their workplace and get the compensation denied. Gender disparity in salary is something that impacts many female employees. 

The organizational ethics are based upon the six pillars of character:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Trustworthiness
  • Fairness
  • Justice
  • Caring for others

These aspects lay the foundation of our future personality, interactions, and our image. They sound simple, but they are challenging to practice.

When the values are instilled in a child, a foundation is laid for the development of character. When ethics are taught, the child develops a moral compass. Inquisitive nature with a rational mind is set. When ethical dilemmas arise, the individual can investigate and arrive at a suitable solution with a clear mind.

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