I once heard Matthew Weiner (creator of Mad Men) interviewed on National Public Radio.  In reviewing Don Draper’s life, Weiner made a potent comment.  He emphasized that as the Mad Men series continues, the audience would continue to be clearly subjected to the truth that Don Draper’s decisions always have consequences.

As Don Draper continued to make tragic, morally depraved decisions, each one of those decisions would render negative consequences.  The consequences would not automatically be immediate, but arrive they would, in time.

Much of what passes for entertainment today shows people making all kinds of bad choices without any negative consequences.  I found it refreshing to hear Weiner highlight the truth that decisions always have consequences for good or for bad.

One could argue Don Draper made many good decisions professionally more so than personally.  One out of two isn’t so bad, eh?  Nevertheless, if we are concerned with living our lives holistically, then should we not be making good decisions both professionally and personally?

In the business world today, every decision we make has consequences.  Sometimes those consequences involve merely the routine, mundane clicks in the cogs of the wheels of our industry.  Other times those consequences involve the organization’s reputation, our integrity, and people’s lives.

Every decision you or I make today will have consequences.  This was true for Don Draper too.  But the good news is, we don’t have to make the same decisions Don Draper made.

We can choose different consequences.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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