The Parable of the CEO

A new CEO is hired at a big pharmaceutical company. The company has already had in place for several years the developement of a new, highly controversial drug. The new CEO cancels the developement of this drug the second day he is on the job. Several years later, the result’s of the earlier research contributes largely to the developement of treatment for a disease that is affecting the entire earth. The CEO proudly announces the accomplishment and visits with those who made the discovery. He even visits his company’s facilities to commemorate the occassion. There is universal agreement the drug is a wonderful thing for the world.

A side bar to this story is that shortly after being hired, this same CEO allowed the company’s Attorneys to investigate the employees to see if in their research they had broken any laws–even though a previous Attorney had already conducted an investigation and found no wrong doing. To date this investigation is still active.

Some are saying the accomplishments of these employees will assure this CEO of keeping his job. He certainly hopes so. And why shouldn’t he, it happened on his watch.


  1. J. Strupp says:

    The evidence that this cancelled, highly controversial drug led to the treatment of a disease that was affecting the entire earth is sketchy at best.

    It’s possible that a few people are just having a difficult time dealing with the fact that the current CEO executed quite well in this instance.

  2. Islamic terrorism is not a disease affecting the entire earth? Oh really?

    Looks pretty widespread to me….. this list is too old to include the numerous attacks since 2005, including the Mumbai train bombings, the Mumbai attacks of 2008, and the Moscow metro bombings, among many, many others.

    Extreme Muslims want the whole world to be under Sharia and will use any means necessary to move things closer to this vision becoming reality. The sooner we are honest about this, the sooner we can have a serious conversation.

  3. You forgot to mention the drug was tested on human subjects, causing great pain and permanent psychological injury. Sure you still use the cure, but you vow never to do it again because it is WRONG! Ends? Meet means.

  4. I liked the Swedish as a second language analogy better.

  5. Randy in Richmond says:

    You hit on the critical question indirectly and that is….wrong to who ? And I agree that is the question we will probably never come to agreement on. If one feels what he/she is doing has passed the test of right or wrong and is declared legal, it is not an end justifying a means. For instance, to some it is apparently fine to shoot someone in the face but not okay to make them listen to loud music. I can’t get my brain around that.

    The Swedish language analogy was entered wrongly by me–thought I was putting it in draft status. It had what I consider some shortcomings.

  6. Randy in Richmond says:

    I have no trouble giving the President his due on making the decision to carry out this mission. I say so in my post. Once completed the execution factor went back to same old–same old.

  7. Randy in Richmond says:

    It’s hard to believe a 2005 post is now 6 years old. But it makes the point very well. We can include Nidal Malik Hasan and his cold blooded murder of 13 people at Fort Hood.