Posts in category: Ethics

What is ethics anyway?

From the St James Ethics Centre: Ethics is about relationships It’s about struggling to develop a well-informed conscience It’s about being true to the idea of who we are and what we stand for It’s about having the courage to explore difficult...

What is Astroturfing?

“…the term astroturfing describes formal public relations (PR) campaigns that seek to create the impression of being a spontaneous, grassroots behavior. Hence the reference to the “AstroTurf” (artificial grass) is a metaphor to indicate “fake...

Ethical iPods?

We have fair-trade coffee and various other ethically sourced and manufactured goods such as non-sweat-shop clothing. Given most electronics manufacturing is now done in countries like China where labour is cheap and plentiful, and where sweat shops have most...

Lugging water

While out and about on another hot and humid Sydney day, I spotted three shoppers taking turns carrying their heavy shopping to the train station. The heavy shopping was a large plastic canister of drinking water. It must have weighed 15kg or so – a lot of weight to...

System builders affect culture

The people who build systems unconsciously or consciously affect the culture we live in. Their unique world view, cultural quirks, and beliefs will inevitably seep into the systems they build. These systems then become ways to export the creators culture to others....

Anita Roddick on planning a career in business

Anything that we can do well, that we enjoy doing, and that there is a demand for, is worth taking seriously as a skill to develop. Anita Roddick; when asked what advice she would give to a young person who was planning a business career: “…don’t even say the word...

Malleable morals and integrity

People with malleable morals that can be bent to exploit every advantage are not “agile” or “adaptive”; they just plain lack integrity. Spin can’t change reality. A dishonest act is still a dishonest act regardless of how it is rationalised. If you found $200 on the...

A non-rise pay rise joke

This is a true story: A friend of mine who works for a large financial services firm (not a client of mine!) was given a long overdue pay rise this month. He was promised this pay rise over 6 months ago when he took up a different position within the company. The sad...

Vermillion is dead, long live Vermillion!

It is official – Vermillion Consulting Pty Ltd has ceased to exist sometime in November 2006 (I just found out – even though I am legally supposed to sign some paperwork to this effect.) I co-founded this company 3 years ago in 2003. I resigned devastated in...

External perceptions, marketing and integrity

We use marketing and PR to influence how people perceive us. We create profiles and elevator speeches. Knowing how people perceive you is always interesting. That’s why we seek out feedback on our marketing material. It is useful to know how you come across to people;...

Organic vs clinical

Why is it that we are told our food must be 100% natural and totally organic; while at the same time, the goop we put on our faces must be clinically tested, 100% synthetic and totally “scientific”?

Good Business

Good Business: Leadership, flow and the making of meaning. By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. ISBN 0-340-73973-9. Ever picked up a book you could not put down? One that spoke so startlingly clearly to you on every level that you wonder if the author’s been listening in on...

An Inconvenient Truth

If you have not seen this movie/documentary yet, do so. Key points for me were: 1. When big business combines with political will and greed you get the ability to manipulate the masses on a grand scale. 2. We are screwed. 3. The individual, you and I, can make a...

Buying non-features

This was yummy! But note the all-negative key selling points: No cholesterol, dairy free, no additives, vegan (no meat), wheat free, no...

How do you want to succeed?

You can become a success through playing by your own rules (ethics and morals), working to your own higher purpose, and chasing your own dreams. Or you can do what everyone else is doing, adopt their ethics and morals, and chase the conventional definition of success....

Working class outsourced

“In Australia, we no longer have a working class. It has been outsourced and off-shored. We just have the poor.” Thanks Mark for this profound point. It has implications on how we work as a nation, and how businesses work as a whole in first world countries in...
Smelly improvement

Smelly improvement

I discovered how difficult it is to buy a simple room air freshener today. I am thinking something plonko simple – a bottle of liquid or gel, and an opening to let the smell out. What I was faced with was a plethora of unnecessarily complicated, bitsy, and shamefully...

Toxic business creates togetherness

One of my friends in Western Australia worked for a really nasty business. You know, one of those toxic ones run by horrid people, that churn through talent, and spit them out the other end filled with the absolute conviction that they will never, ever go there ever...
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