The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behavior: 45 Psychological Traps That Every One of Us Falls Prey To

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TRAP 15:
TIME PRESSURE

ANTHONY PARINELLO, The Wall Street Journal bestselling author, writes that top executives “will do virtually anything to avoid being placed in a situation in which they have no choice but to waste time.”1 When referring to presidents, CEOs, owners, board members, and partners of companies he writes that on any given day, in addition to their scheduled appointments, these important top officers “will be faced with over 128 unscheduled activities that include but are by no means limited to: emergency meetings, telephone calls, last-minute presentations, planning sessions, reading reports and other documents, interruptions, message slips, post-it notes, email listening and responding to a barrage of voice mail messages …”2

Lynne Jeter writes in her book Disconnected: Deceit and Betrayal at WorldCom about a top-level executive at Worldcom who quit because of time pressure during the company’s rapid growth: “We were all running at 100 miles per hour, but that’s what it took to get the job done. The people that couldn’t stand it needed to get out of the way because there simply wasn’t another option. That’s why I got out of the way. Let someone else with energy do the job. Working 18 to 20 hour days? i didn’t want to sacrifice that much.”3

Good ethics take time. You might have noticed that we have referred to unethical behavior in this book as “taking short cuts.” Executives

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