One response to “Reflections on the Penn State Tragedy”

  1. Michael Wyland

    I think you’re entirely correct. I’d add the importance of examining work/life balance – do we define ourselves by our current job, current employer, and/or current career? If so, taking action that threatens to sever that relationship becomes especially frightening.

    On an only slightly less important note, the courage to place one’s professional position in jeopardy is related to one’s ability to suistain oneself without a salary and fringe benefits, or at least to accept a reduced level of compensation from another employer as a consequence of losing a job for reporting bad conduct.

    Too many of us take our current position and current salary for granted. We don’t save enough, invest enough, and avoid debt enough to withstand an interruption in income. Reversing those bad habits is also exhibiting moral courage and personal responsibility. In addition, it makes courage on the job much easier.

    Finally, it’s also important to protect our career and our earning power by relentlessly building internal and external networks, adding value to our own careers, and being “in the know” as opportunities arise. As Margaret Sumption says, job security isn’t having a secure job – it’s having two offers on the table.

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