SEMINAR I

NARCO ETHICS - COMING FALL OF 2020

Whatever our thoughts about the drugs and the drug industry, one must recognize that it is a business and a very sophisticated business.  When a group of Colombians and a young Cuban in the early seventies decided to unite and together create an organization capable of importing thousands of kilos of cocaine, they never imagined that one day the U.S. Government would label them the Medellin Drug Cartel.

Rumors from credible sources say that, as the government saw how organized these individuals were and the enormous amount of money, they were generating, it reminded the government of the oil cartel.  So, instead of calling them drug lords or any other adjective, the government determined that, since these people were from Medellin, Colombia, they would labeled them “The Medellin Drug Cartel.”

Often times people suggest that the reason I made so much money was because I was dealing in drugs; my response has always been the same: “if that is correct then why is it that there were thousands of inmates incarcerated with me for drug offenses and I was the only one with millions of dollars?”

Therefore, how did a young twenty year old help create an organization where more than a hundred million dollars were traded daily on a handshake?  An organization where payoffs exceeded a million dollars a month; it’s banking web was so sophisticated that one day it would compel the government to create money laundering laws.  With the creation of the money laundering laws, the government shifted the burden of proof from the government having to prove a person bought an asset with illicit gains, to now the individual proving that he/she acquired those assets legally; forcing the cartel to create a web of international companies in order to hide ownership of the assets.

The foundation of this course will suggest that even though the product the Medellin Cartel sold was drugs, nonetheless, the Cartel was a very sophisticated international corporation, with lawyers, accountants, bankers and financial advisers, and enormous balance sheets.  With this in mind, this course will discuss, and explore, the non-negotiable principles any company should have in order to succeed.

Some of the topics we will explore are employee-employee relationships; how do we create a culture where employees are willing to die for the company?  How do we view customers? How do we view our product? Do we take pride in being excellent? Do we take shortcuts for the purpose of making bigger profits? Do the ends justify the means? How do we define excellence? Morality? Faith? Honor?

If you are interested in being placed on the participant list, as this seminar will only be given once a year with very limited space available, please provide the following:

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