A couple of week s ago one of my friends, Jonathan Farrington, alerted dozens of sales trainers including me about a sales “guru” who was plagiarizing articles and publishing them on his blog as his own work. In any business where one’s writing is a critical aspect of one’s image, reputation, and value, having your material taken is akin to having your home invaded and your possessions taken. More so actually since in this case the plagiarizer is not only taking your possession but a bit of your image and reputation that you’ve worked so hard to create.
The plagiarizer in question is Michael J. Roman, a self-described POLISHED BUSINESS EXECUTIVE who “demonstrates a unique ability to train employees on how to qualify and build robust relationships with decision makers to define, understand and communicate business objectives and execute results-based solutions with timely, cost-effective and profitable results.”
When Jonathan exposed Roman as a plagiarist in his email to us and on a blog post, a number of other trainers joined in exposing him. As I was in the process of moving into a new home, I didn’t have the opportunity to put in my two cents and by yesterday when I was back at work, the situation with Roman appeared to have been resolved and any comment by me would have been gratuitous piling on. So I thought.
After being exposed for a plagiarist, Roman gave a ridiculous excuse as to how the plagiarized articles appeared on his blog and promised Jonathan that he was shutting his old blog down and that any new blog he started would have full disclosure for any article not written by him.
Case closed, the offender duly admonished and his evil ways changed.
Unfortunately, changing one’s evil ways is apparently much more difficult than promising to do so. Michael J. Roman is back to his old tricks of trying to build his reputation and image by using the hard work of others.
Skip Anderson sent out an email this morning alerting us that Roman has a new blog but the same old habits. Skip had a reader alert him of new plagiarized material on Roman’s new blog.
The two examples that were listed on Skip’s blog by his reader were posted by Roman within the last two days. He can’t argue they were oversights from his previous evil ways. And although one example could be hard to prove as plagiarism as the original post by Barbara White isn’t date stamped, the second example is clearly a stolen article.
Here is the original article http://everyonenegotiates.com/15-rules-of-negotiation.php as posted on May 24 on the Everyone Negotiates blog.
Here is Roman’s blog post from yesterday http://michaeljroman.tumblr.com/post/690586329/essential-steps-to-effective-negotiation. Yes, he adds a few additional points and eliminates the “think like a dolphin” point (a key phrase that could easily identify via Google that he stole the material).
The other article identified as plagiarized but as I said the original isn’t date stamped is this article by Barbara White http://www.groco.com/readingroom/bus_goodleader.aspx.
Here’s Roman’s version http://michaeljroman.tumblr.com/post/697589725/seven-essential-qualities-of-a-good-leader.
Now, knowing what we know about Roman, even thought White’s article isn’t date stamped, who do you think plagiarized who?
Certainly Roman isn’t the only plagiarist on the internet. Although to my knowledge he never took any of my material, I’ve had mine taken enough times to know it is a serious problem.
I encourage you to send out the alert any time you find a plagiarist — they’re using our reputations and our hard work in order to create a fake image and reputation for themselves that will cost some unsuspecting company a good deal of money.