Few things in life are black and white. That’s why we have to learn to Grapple with the Gray.
This week's ethics challenge:
From time to time, the makers of soda and sports drinks promote their products through bottle cap lotteries. After opening your drink, you can check online to see if the number printed inside the cap is a winner.
True story. A group of coworkers were sitting together and socializing in the lunchroom. When their break was over, they got up to return to work. That’s when one of them, let’s call her Zelda, noticed that someone -- she didn’t know who -- had left a bottle cap on the table. She recognized it as a lottery cap and picked it up. Later she checked the number and discovered the cap was a million dollar winner.
When the original owner, call him Victor, learned about the winning cap, he claimed that the money was his. When Zelda insisted the cap and the winnings were hers, Victor sued her in New York state court.
Aside from the decision of the court, what are the ethical issues involved in this story? What should Zelda have done, if anything, upon discovering that cap was worth a million dollars? Does Victor have any ethical claim after apparently discarding the cap?
Meet this week’s panelists:
Dave Bricker is a Speaker, Presentation Consultant, and sailing aficionado. He works with leaders and professionals to master the art of business storytelling—on the stage, on the page, or on the screen!
Kimberly Davis is an author, TEDx speaker, and founder of the Brave Leadership University, leading development programs world-wide, around authentic leadership, purpose, presence, and influence.
Carl Loop, MBA Loop works with organizations that want to increase productivity, engagement and profits by decreasing turnover and burnout. He’s a Keynote Speaker and author of "Mondays Reimagined: Master Your Monday. Win the Week!"