Ethics seem to be popping up all over. Politicians are signing ethics agreements, schools are teaching it and contractors are building ethically. Are there business ethics? We believe the same as Peter Drucker that no, there are just ethics.
Our staff has worked at various companies and struggled with their cultures, which is why, being like minded, we are here. We grew tired of hearing “it’s just business” and the end result being if the action made money than it was OK no matter the expense to others.
Looking back all of us at Crown credit our character that we bring to our jobs to our parents. When we say we treat a customer’s projects and money like it was our own, we do, as it is our nature.
My first and strongest introduction to ethics was when I was very young and found an inexpensive ball in a large open field, not near any houses including my own. As soon as my Mom saw it she said to take it back right where I found it as it was not mine and someone will be looking for it. So I did.
This lesson has stayed with me for decades twofold. One being if it is not yours and you didn’t earn it, then don’t take it. Two being the beginning of my empathy for others thinking about how someone was missing the ball. Combine this with the Golden Rule and you have the basis for the character that we at Crown share with our customers, families and throughout life in general.
We like an Inc. Magazine article “The Only Ethics Guide You’ll Ever Need” (http://www.inc.com/harvey-mackay/the-only-ethics-guide-you-need.html) that listed the following questions. If an action in question fails any one of the tests, just don’t do it.
- Is it legal?
- How will it make you feel about yourself?
- How do others feel about it?
- How would you feel if your actions were made public?
- Does the behavior make sense? Will it hurt others?
- Is it fair?
- Will people in authority approve?
- How would you feel if someone did the same thing to you?
- Will something negative happen if you don’t make a decision?
- (Our favorite) Would you do this if your mother was watching?
We’re not perfect and you can be sure that we have all have done things growing up that failed the last test, but all that has combined to make us who we and Crown are today. We feel that our culture combined with our unparalleled construction and management experience makes us the best choice for your residential and commercial projects in Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas.
Emil Turean, Principal