Rewarding Selfless Behaviour (at the Olympics)

business_ethics_highlights_2The story below isn’t obviously about business ethics, but it’s relevant for at least a couple reasons. First, it refers to a domain — competitive running — that is, like business, inherently adversarial. And yet it’s about one competitor nobly helping another, at her own expense. This is an example of what ethicists call “supererogatory” behavour — behaviour that goes “beyond duty.” Second, it’s an example of an organization (in this case, the International Olympic Committee) making a special effort to recognize and reward behaviour that it considers ethically upstanding. This is something that many organizations, including many businesses, find hard to do. >>>

LINK: Nikki Hamblin, Abbey D’Agostino awarded rare Olympic medal (by Paul Vinnell for The Courier Mail)

New Zealand 5000m runner Nikki Hamblin and American Abbey D’Agostino have been awarded a special Olympic medal for sportsmanship.

They have been awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal, which has only been awarded previously 17 times in Olympic history.

Hamblin tripped and fell during the semi-final race and brought D’Agostino crashing down behind her…..

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