For most of our life, we’ve heard, “Don’t be a snitch”. In most of the movies we’ve seen, the “snitchers’ don’t fare so well when their comrades discover their double-dealing.Does this same approach work in organizations?
What do they do at West Point?
Some of you may be familiar with the famed but controversial West Point Cadet Honor Code:
“A cadet will not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do.”
Few of us would doubt the wisdom of “will not lie, cheat or steal”, the core of many of the values we learned as children.
One of the other things we learned as children, though, was, “don’t be a tattletale.”
Be loyal to your friends … don’t snitch on them … and don’t go running to mommy when you observe a small infraction of the rules.
It doesn’t help we’ve seen countless movies since then where a snitch ends up on the wrong side of the grass.