Honor Conference at VMI

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  1. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=546776029759

    Attached link announces an intercollegiate conference on Honor and Integrity in Colleges and High Schools that is being put on by the VMI leadership center in March. The video has a number of Cadets speaking on the subject

    It's an interesting and pretty timely topic. The Honor Code pervades every facet of life at VMI which you get from the snippets from these cadets speaking. It appears to me that they are on a mission to spread this way of thinking- it should be pretty interesting. BTW without telling you which Cadet it is, one of those speaking in this is a now first classman with very close ties to our forum's very own RahVaMil. (one of the speakers in this clip was her Rat)
     
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    Thanks for the share Bruno!
     
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    Excellent. The link is on my facebook page. Pretty cool that the VMI cadets are doing this. Only at VMI.
     
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    She's the one who speaks from 1:11-1:19 and again from 3:00-3:04. :smile: (C'mon, you knew I had to brag.)

    It sounds weird to those who aren't familiar with the Dyke System, but I honestly do not think it's possible for anyone to be prouder of someone who's not their biological kid than I am of Bridget Conley '12 (the one in the video) and Kaity Harrison '12.

    This conference will be awesome. The educational events hosted by the Center for Leadership and Ethics at VMI are absolutely phenomenal. I just missed it as a cadet (construction was finished during my First Class year), but I live close enough now that I've been able to attend a few events. CAPT Rabern and her team are incredible.

    I don't think I'll be able to attend this conference, but I would do it in a heartbeat if I could.

    -jmb-
     
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    I think this is really a timely conference with some very interesting and relevant speakers . I wish that this subject was given as high a priority on HS and College campuses around the country as I think that the concept of absolute personal honesty and integrity is under increasing attack.

     
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    I think it is excellent that VMI is doing this. Thank you for sharing.

    I recently was involved in a major corporate transaction involving a lot of money in which my adversary had an opportunity to do the right thing or to do the wrong thing (which likely would never have been noticed). Without going into details, my adversary had the moral courage to bring the issue to my attention, even though bringing it to my attention was entirely against the financial interests of the party with which I was negotiating. We dealt with it, and both parties are now benefitting from the transaction.

    This frankly was a learning experience for me, because in my line of work, too many opt for the wrong approach. This made me realize that there is still a lot of good in this world, despite all the news reports to the contrary. This conference at VMI will serve to remind everyone that doing the right thing is always better than doing the wrong thing.

    People who do the right thing always come out on top, which likely explains why VMI grads and other former military officers thrive so well in the corporate world as business leaders.
     
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    Patentesq- I don't know if I agree that "people who do the right thing always come out on top". While I wish that were true-I kind of think that they don't always come out on top- we've all seen self serving jerks in all fields who make it to the very top of the pyramid and make decisions that benefit themselves at the expense of both the organization and their subordinates. But I think that when things are really on the line, what saves the situation is people who do the right thing: they act with integrity and selflessness to do "the right thing" regardless of the personal cost.
    The closing address of this Honor Conference was given by MOH recipient Salvatore Giunta. I wish I could have been there and heard him speak.

    http://www6.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737420909

    Pretty good advice applicable whether you are a soldier or in civilian life:thumb:You are an officer by law, but you are a leader because of your personal actions and personal integrity. People follow you at moments of crisis because they are sure that you will do the right thing- and that you are not just telling others to put themselves in jeopardy, but share the risk yourself.
     
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    DS was fortunate enough to be able to talk with him at length. He said that he was one of the most impressive human beings he has ever had the pleasure of meeting, also one of the best speakers there.
     
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    Lest you think that honor is an issue only at the school level, or that a personal and institutional honor code is irrelevant, or that leadership and personal integrity are somehow just military issues: there was an interesting article in today's New York Times.

    "Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs"

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/opinion/why-i-am-leaving-goldman-sachs.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

    The thing that VMI is proudest of, and which current cadets and alums share in, is the absolute nature of the honor code- it's a one strike and you are gone policy. But that is for a good reason- your personal integrity is something that can't be compromised- whether you are an Infantry 2LT leading a platoon on a patrol, or a stock broker advising your clients, or any of the millions of positions in between. Your word has to be your bond. I'm impressed that Mr Smith finally just had enough and walked away from a pretty significant and highly compensated position because he felt that the company had no sense of integrity and honor. :thumb:
     
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    My DS felt the same way.
     
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    tpg- you teach some ethics courses I believe to Business grad students (I think that you said this once?)- did you come away with any thoughts on lessons/points that you might be able to impart to your students?
     

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