By Greg Wright
MBA, CFE, CFP®, CLU, ChFC
Certified Fraud Examiner
Certified Financial Planner™
|Big Monkey at the Top
We had a 30-year history as season ticket holders. Except for one year, my wife Betty and I had season tickets since 1984 when Mayor Hudnut helped recruit the Indianapolis Colts. Watching Payton Manning throw to Marvin Harrison was amazing. We were seated in the 6th row, and I sat in at an end-of-row seat. We watched some great football. That was then.
Things changed when Tony Dungy, and Payton Manning left. The drunks the row behind us bothered me even more. Management was absolutely no help correcting that problem. Maybe it was the NFL’s steady shift to political correctness. Can you believe that some players will not honor our flag and the NFL calls that their right of “self-expression”?
However, for me, I think, it is what one national fraud consultant called his BMT theory. Yeah. Big Monkey at the Top theory.
You may have heard about the tone at the top of an organization. This is a term used to define management's leadership and commitment to openness, honesty, integrity, and ethical behavior. BMT is the opposite. When the corner office is occupied by a monkey absent most of those attributes, bad things happen to an organization. Dungy’s values and influence have retired.
Probably the primary reason I voted to give up our Colts season tickets was the BMT. Let me know if I’m missing very much.