Mark Reilly. Bribery.. and GSK China

Money is hard to refuse.. and hide. And so when former GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) chief for China Mark Reilly allegedly bribed doctors in that side of the world, it was just a matter of time before its funky odor spread.

Reilly was said to have instructed his staff to form a huge “bribery network” where it dictated drug prices and walloped over $150 million on illegal sales. Hmm… no wonder why Glaxo’s revenues in China have increased from 3.9 billion yuan in 2009 to 6.9 billion yuan, and that’s under Reilly’s leadership.

Regardless of China’s stiff penalty on bribery, this only confirms some important things on traditional leaders.

One. Don’t just believe in whatever accomplishment your leader would put on his resume. He just needs a high-paying and prestigious job, and so he’s trying to sell an apparently good experience.

Two. It’s not just because Reilly hails from strict UK, that doesn’t mean professionals over there wouldn’t do it. Now this is not to press the UK, no, but that’s reality.. even in the most holiest places, there are whores. And this is not to belittle whores either.

Three. If an expat doesn’t know how to respect “everything” about the country he is in, he is obviously no good leader. And you don’t wait for something stinky to spread before you realize this. You should know by just looking.

At the end of the day, these irregularities would not really stop. Some may just find new ways. Hide more. Or lie low… but never stop; that is until companies realize that real, good leaders are not the ones you actually preconceive them to be.

Good Leaders are human, so they know what fairness means.. and that they won’t let unfair urgings rule.

What’s your take?


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