In a federal courtroom in Manhattan, defense lawyers are fighting to save alleged insider trader Mathew Martoma from spending possibly 45 years in prison. As the media report, from the get-go this guy looked to get the edge. Unfortunately, he went about that in unethical and perhaps illegal ways. For example, he changed the grades on his transcript at Harvard Law School. That didn't work out too well. He got kicked out. And all the world now knows that. If the jury convicts, the whole thing will come down.
Yet, in a competitive global arena for earning a living, we have to keep "getting an edge." I recommend that those I coach in presentation skills introduce that early in resumes, cover letters and interviews. In pitches for client assignments, I am asked explicitly, "What is your edge?"
How can we keep the edge operating on the right side of ethics and the law? That is a topic Sunday School teachers have to re-visit. Also, Pope Francis might put out there a 21st century "white paper" on how human beings can compete without destroying their spiritual sense of self - and their careers.