Forced Accountability VS. Small Psychological Interventions: Creating Corporate Change VS. Individual Change
October 1, 2014
A new friend of mine sent me a Ted Talk link by Paul Piff, Does Money Make You Mean?, thinking this was right up my alley. I was skeptical, as I am of any talk, forum, or summit that’s usually ego based; but, this was different, it was a social psychology experiment and very much in line with the purpose of this site (in short): to educate and protect victims of large organizations while providing tools to create positive change through forced accountability.
It’s amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex and daunting challenge, there’s good news too. (Filmed at TEDxMarin.)
If you have twenty minutes I’d encourage you to watch the social experiment (especially those in my former industry of medical device-you all have time in between cases). The Sociopathic Business Model™ was developed based in a psychological model coupled with the exposure of employee/consumer/patient rights violated where companies encourage, replicate and reward unethical or illegal behavior willingly creating victims.
Paul Piff’s sample appears to be small groups of individuals where he suggests small psychological interventions or nudges can change unethical or illegal behavior; but, when dealing with an entire organization that’s taken on the characteristics of a sociopath-there is no desire for change and why forced accountability is the only solution to create positive change. A person who has lost their way or sight of what matters in life (ahem-been there) is totally different than an unrepentant sociopath who is unwilling to change. The problem is and will always be, that we as a society hold all others to the standard that they can or want to change, when there’s a faction of society that does not want and will not change unless they are forced to do so (forced accountability).
No where is that more evident than companies like Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), who spread PRSpin like a cancer to justify putting profits before patients.
Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Sheri Woodruff
It’s only when patients, consumers, employees and taxpayers alike, recognize and use #PRSpinUnSpun as chemo to these companies cancer and through forced accountability demand that the DOJ hold companies, like Johnson & Johnson accountable will any positive change occur. Fact based evidence over time has indicated JNJ has not and will not change of their own accord. We need to abandon hope that they’ll want to change because it’s the right thing to do and we need to quit looking at sociopathic companies from our moral and ethical approach because they clearly do not. Unfortunately, now as a society we must also through forced accountability demand more from our government than just collecting billions from corrupt unrepentant companies and demand they put deterring factors in place as well as start to jail the executives responsible for creating a long list of victims.
I’ve often said there is good and evil in every organization from Johnson & Johnson to the DOJ and all the good need to band together to expose and expel those who are operating unethically and illegally and not allow that behavior to be replicated and rewarded. So, the good that may have lost their way may need a gentle nudge as Paul Piff puts it and watching his social experiment may recalibrate some lost souls. What’s the worst that can happen? Positive change. And I do believe we are on the verge of this very thing happening. The good will “rule the world,” despite what the Gods of Frauds have to say about it.