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Penn State Live
Barkelew: If they don’t let ego get in the way. I mean, I think what we are seeing today is sort of a battle between ethics and ego. I mean, I think where people are guided by what they know is the right thing to do. I personally once, I became accredited by PRSA and this may sound sort of corny but I put up the PRSA code of ethics. I had it laminated and perma-plaqued and put it up on the wall in my office, and people would come in and they’d be looking around and they’d say “What’s this?” and I said “That’s the code of ethics of my professional association.” And it was really fun to see them respond to, oh you have a code of ethics? And I used to love to say no. Doesn’t your profession? I mean yes I do. Doesn’t your profession have one? After I became a member of the Page Society I did the same thing with the Page Principles. And I do think that sometimes you need something on the wall a little bit like Johnson & Johnson had the credo that everyone had on their desk, so that when something happens, you know what to look at. I was fortunately never asked to do something that didn’t fit one of those either, the PRSA code of ethics or the Page Principles. I was never asked to do anything that wasn’t, that wouldn’t have been considered ethical. And, but I do believe that if I had been, I would have. Now there were times when some people would say well, maybe we could postpone that. And we’d say “no, no, no, no, no.” I think you have to but you don’t’ do it by saying “No that’s not an ethical thing to do.” I mean you just do it by always keeping your eye focused on what is right. I hope that doesn’t sound too corny. But it is I think coming to meetings like this one, like the Page Society conferences, reinforces a lot of that this is what we stand for. This is what we believe in. You know when Dayton Hudson was hit with the Planned Parenthood issue, within 30 minutes of the phone call that I got from Cope Moyers I called Marilyn Laurie at AT & T and I said to her assistant, I said “This is Anne Barkelew at Dayton Hudson. I am in a seminar with Marilyn,” because at the time I wasn’t yet in the Page Society. At the time, I don’t know if the Page Society had opened up beyond the ranks of telephone company people, but at any rate, I said “Tell Marilyn that I have Planned Parenthood knocking on my door and I would really like to talk to her.” She called me back within 15 minutes. We spent half an hour on the phone and it was one of those, “Marilyn, if you if you were doing this, you know, how would you respond?” And so I think the kind of sharing and learning that we get from each other is, I mean that’s sort of what Arthur Page was talking about too, is this what can we do together is so much stronger than what we can do separately.