12-Oct-2012 09:59

Can you really trust your staff, employees, partners & professional advisors?

I was discussing ethics and loyalty with a client recently because he had found out that one of his agents had been selling a competitor's services behind his back and on company time.

His upset was greater over the loss of trust and lack of ethics than the actual monetary damage that he'd experienced...

Anyway, after a good chat, he emailed me this joke that his wife sent him to cheer him up.

It's an oldie but a good'un and actually raises more questions than...

Can you really trust your staff, employees, partners & professional advisors?


A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Enzo, has cheated him out of £10 million.

Sadly his bookkeeper is deaf & that was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Enzo would hear nothing & thus could not ever testify against them in court.

When the Godfather goes to confront Enzo about his missing £10 million he takes along his lawyer who is sign language profficient.

The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the £10 million is that he embezzled from me."

The lawyer, using sign language, asks Enzo where the money is.

Enzo signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."

The lawyer tells the Godfather, "He says he doesn't know what you are talking about."

The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to Enzo's temple and says, "Ask him again!"

The lawyer signs to Enzo, "He'll kill you if you don't tell him."

Enzo signs back, "OK. You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed in my cousin Bruno's backyard in Woodbridge!"

The Godfather asks the lawyer, "What did he say?"

The lawyer replies, "He says you don't have the balls to pull the trigger..."

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