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John H. Cochran, MD
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John H. Cochran, MD

Executive Director of The Permanente Federation, the national umbrella organization for the regional Permanente Medical Groups, which employ 15,000 physicians who care for 8.6 million Kaiser Permanente members.

Integrity Has Many Forms

I think Coach Calhoun made a very personal decision based on his own values and his sense of both how he should contribute to the current reality and how he should model a response. In his case, he has been successful over the long run by playing by the rules and not cheating. So, it is great that his position is the result of his soul searching.

At the same time, there are opportunities for disingenuous responses: individuals who have not lived their professional careers with integrity in sports, business, law, medicine, politics and even religion who may react now [to cut their own salaries merely] to "look good."

Additionally, some individuals may conclude they have done their work in keeping with the highest values and principles and created value and success and don't feel that a personal pay cut is consistent with their work and behavior.

So, here's to integrity and values, no matter how they are lived and expressed.

By John H. Cochran, MD

 |  March 15, 2009; 8:47 PM ET
Category:  Compensation Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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