Ethics Idol's Playlist

Saturday, May 16, 2009
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Cisco Systems and The Network teamed up to create a four-episode training module for Cisco's workforce, based on the model of Fox's American Idol hit TV show.

The songs included in the module resemble popular songs from the last few decades, but both the lyrics and melodies have been changed enough to prevent any copyright infringement. Below are brief descriptions of the four songs and the ethical dilemmas they describe.

Episode 1: Based on The Beatles' "Do You Want to Know a Secret?"

Contestant Nelson Newbie sings about how sharing proprietary information he acquired from a former employer (and current competitor) at his new job got him in trouble with his new boss.

Memorable line: "Don't know why he even cares/Since I no longer work there."

Episode 2: Based on "We are Family" by Sister Sledge

Contestant Betty Blinders is a manager tasked with picking a new vendor, so she gets several quotes, including one from her husband. She ultimately decides to allow someone else to make the final decision, but is it already too late?

Memorable line: "He's my husband Steve/He's the best one out there, you see!"

Episode 3: Based on Bruce Hornsby & The Range's "The Way It Is"

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Contestant Buck Henderson, a sales rep, entertains a potential customer by taking him to a gentleman's club in order to close the sale. Did he cross the line?

Memorable line: "I took 'em to a place that lights up a man's face/I didn't think it was a disgrace."

Episode 4: Based on "Don't Stand So Close" by The Police

Contestant Gertie Twoshoes worries herself sick over whether she should accept a vendor's invitation to lunch.

Memorable line: "Inside I'm nervous/This doesn't sound quite right."

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