I just finished watching Moneyball. Great film. Here’s a scruples question, based on the ending:
Let’s assume that the owner of a competing company recruits you. He wants you to move across country for a new—and more prestigious—job—for about 60 times your current salary. Assume also that you are passionate for your current job, for your current company, and for the game-changing process you’ve begun to put in place at your current organization. Assume also that you have a ten year old daughter who lives nearby, with her mom.
Do you take the offer?
I have two girls. They’re nine and seven. When I saw the movie, I at first thought Billy Beane was nuts to pass up the offer. I thought, “Twelve million bucks buys a lot of plane tickets!”
Then I thought more about it. (I had nothing else to do, I was stuck on a plane.) I began to appreciate the other sides to the decision. How this would be the second time he’d be leaving his daughter behind (the first being the divorce). How grabbing the money would’ve undone the work he’d put into changing baseball by perpetuating the idea that money buys wins. All his work… and people would’ve questioned it. And that little girl who clearly loved her dad—would she be better off seeing him win big financially, or having him safe and close?
A buttload of cash on the one hand; the responsibilities of fatherhood and romantic notions about baseball on the other. No right answers here… no judgment… just wondering: what would you have done?
Jason Seiden is CEO of Ajax Workforce Marketing. Ajax amplifies brands by aligning employees' online messaging.