Posts in category: Ethics

Sangfroid

Sangfroid is professional conscious emotional detachment; approaching a problem or trying situation with calmness and dis-passion; or maintaining composure in difficult times. A healthy level of conscious, professional detachment is important to maintain concentration...

Evolution by stealth

Perhaps a more realistic approach to humanising business practice is to ask “how can we work with acknowledged human behaviours?” We know people are driven by greed, and that business is set up right now to be driven by a profit motive. So how do we leverage these...

Honouring ideals and values

When we fail to honour our ideals (or if we have completely malleable values) we become flip-flopping arseholes; where integrity means the ability to consistently do/say whatever for our own immediate gain. “Let the highest truths and values guide you. Live up to...

Ethics and value judgements

Is it possible for us to be ethical without passing moral judgements? I am aware that many discussions around ethical business practices seem to revolve around what is “right” and “wrong”. Often this is seen from one particular cultural perspective. This sense of...

Emotional obstacles

“Most situations are simple – many are just emotionally difficult to act upon.” — Timothy Ferriss. Doesn’t this just hit the nail on the head?! How often have we procrastinated not because the task at hand was hard, but because we were somehow emotionally...
Dehydrating complex situations

Dehydrating complex situations

(Image from www.hungryharps.com) I love how simple hot water can instantly turn a dusty pile of crumbs and crinkled shreds into yummy miso soup. It is quite amazing how a complex mixture of ingredients, flavours and textures can be reduced into the essence of soup by...

What price for business success

Most of us share an innate sense of right and wrong, empathy with, and consideration for others. These are the fundamental traits we have evolved to engender stable, cohesive societies. We also tend to act more humanely as individuals than we do as a group, especially...

Beliefs and care factor

Our beliefs about a group of people, like our customers for example, can enhance or retard our ability to understand and empathise with them, and consequently how we value and treat them. Unquestioned beliefs silently become unconscious behaviours. Shared beliefs can...
Spotting truth amongst the lies

Spotting truth amongst the lies

This blog post is inspired by Thorin Klosowski’s Lifehacker article: How to Spot Truth in the Sea of Lies, Rumors, and Myths on the Internet. “The internet is full of crap … Separating truth from fiction is equal parts a mental battle and diligent...
Copyright and innovation

Copyright and innovation

If copyright is dead, will people still make cool stuff? Why do we do anything anyway? Is this just a question of reward –(copyright being a means to better secure potential rewards)? Reasons I would do something: Intrinsic satisfaction. Tangible rewards like money or...
Businesses as people

Businesses as people

(Image from Cheezburger.com) If businesses want to be treated as people, then they must also be accountable as people. A person who engages in sociopathic or illegal activities is accountable to society for those behaviours, and may be subject to medical treatments or...

The myth of trying to change people

One of the recurring sources of frustration in life seems to be our desire to change other people, and the futility of all such attempts. Changing people when they don’t want to change is like herding cats. Everyone involved ends up being frustrated (and sometimes...

Give people control, and they make better decisions

Having control “protects a person from spotting false patterns that aren’t there, from believing in conspiracies and from developing superstitions.” Identifying “coherent and meaningful relationships between things we observe” helps us parse the past and predict the...

Untuition

Intuition – Informative gut feel about a situation. Not supported by facts at-hand. Untuition – Obstrucive, usually unrealistic, fear-driven responses to a situation. Not supported by facts at-hand either.
First-world problem: water at 180,000% mark-up

First-world problem: water at 180,000% mark-up

“Millions of unsuspecting customers are buying filtered tap water and boiled rainwater at massive mark-ups of more than 180,000 per cent. … Sydney Water boasts one of the world’s most advanced filtration systems. It sells water at $2.13 for 1000...

Creativity and useless feedback

The Angry Aussie had an interesting post on Unsolicited Advice. The two points that stood out for me were: Creativity is innate. It is personal and driven from within. “It is extremely rare that any worthwhile act of creation is triggered by someone telling you what...

Doubt and advocacy

A “Northwestern University [study has] found that when people’s confidence in their beliefs is shaken, they become stronger advocates for those beliefs.” In other words, the more we challenge someone’s beliefs (even with observable and provable facts to the contrary),...

Agreement vs alignment

On consensus and collective decision making, Dale Hunter in her book The Art of Facilitation said: “voting, majority or otherwise, is not a recommended way of reaching a decision in a facilitated group. A more potent version of agreement is alignment…” The difference...

Control in the hands of the few

Henry Kissinger once said: Who controls the food supplycontrols the people; who controls the energycan control whole continents; who controls the moneycan control the world. We know that business has a trend towards consolidation over time. Corporations absorb each...
Mittelstand: sensible sustainable

Mittelstand: sensible sustainable

The Bavarian mittelstand philosophy seems to be thriving in spite of the doom and gloom of the greater global economy. Is this a case of the sensible and sustainable “tortoise” winning in the longer term against the attention-deficit and easily fad-distracted hare?...
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