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In this chapter we discuss the Joe Paterno matter at Penn State. Another situation where a respected individual’s reputation was tarnished by personal decisions having nothing to do with performance on the job is the resignation of former U.S. military General and Head of the CIA, David Petraeus. On November 9, 2012, Petraeus resigned from the CIA after it was announced he had an extramarital affair with a biographer, Paula Broad well, who wrote a glowing book about his life. Petraeus acknowledged he used poor judgment by engaging in the affair. When F.B.I. agents investigated the matter because of concerns there may have been security leaks, they discovered a substantial number of classified documents on her computer. Broad well told investigators she ended up with the secret military documents after taking them from a government building, No security leaks had been found. In accepting Petraeus’ resignation, President Obama praised Petraeus’ leadership during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and said: “By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger.” Should our evaluation of one’s lifetime of hard work and success in their careers be tainted by one act having nothing to do with job performance?



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