Monday, March 26, 2012

"Laying Down the Law"

"We are all accountable and responsible for player health and safety and the integrity of the game. We will not tolerate conduct or a culture that undermines those priorities. No one is above the game or the rules that govern it. Respect for the game and the people who participate in it will not be compromised." ~ Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner
Nothing rattles an organization more than scandal. Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner went to the airwaves recently to discuss his decisions to suspend New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and others for their support of a bounty system where players were paid to intentionally hurt other players.

Leadership expert John Baldoni wrote about Goodell's leadership in "NFL Commissioner Makes It Clear He's in Charge" in a recent story for Goodell may well be dealing with a culturally accepted practice and is making sure that those involved--especially management--are held accountable.With the league's reputation at stake, Goodell has taken some pretty dramatic changes in disciplinary action. His focus on management, a switch from disciplinary actions against individual players, may be the impetus for cultural change.

Whether or not you believe the bounty system is appropriate, Goodell deemed the practice unacceptable.  How do you rate Goodell's leadership? How would you handle a situation that showed vulnerability within your organization or corruptness of the wildland fire culture?

Wildland fire has seen its share of scandal--most recently with alleged misuse and abuse of federal funds. Now is the time to ensure that your organization is abiding by ethical practices and following the Wildland Fire Leadership Values and Principles.

For more information about John Baldoni, visit Baldoni Consulting, LLC.

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