Posts in category: Ethics

Self belief adjustment

Do you think of yourself as “big” or “small”? As with most things, neither extreme is good. The middle ground is goal of any personal development journey. Big extreme = grandiose, entitled, the world owes you. Small extreme = inadequate, undeserving, not valued by the...

I can make the money but you can’t

And to round off this week’s posts on disrespect, here’s a gem from among many at clientsfromhell.net CLIENT: I’m looking for VERY edgy photos for my wedding. Should be an all day job, with 6 hours of posed photos with the wedding party. I’ll need a DVD of...

Cheap and disrespectful

Coincidentally after my post yesterday on the lack of respect for professionals by professionals – Looking for a real professional who charges a low price – I was pointed to the Freelancer site. On sites like this, punters post jobs across a variety of categories like...

“Looking for a real professional who charges a low price”

Have you ever been asked this? It may seem like an innocent question at first glance. But is it? Underlying this question is a lack of respect and trust. We all want to work with the best people. We all prefer to pay a good price. And we all know there is a limit to...

Does business poison passion?

When we transplant a passion to achieve something, the drive to make some change, into a business context, do we end up poisoning it? Business-as-conventional is still primarily, if not solely, focused on profit making. And that can get in the way of doing the “right”...
Avoiding the “guru” syndrome

Avoiding the “guru” syndrome

I’m not a guru. It is nice that you think I am one. But I don’t want to be one. Being a guru implies I have the magic answers. And I don’t! And especially not without thoroughly understanding your situation. And no, you can’t offload all your responsibilities to me...

Stock vector satisfaction

Building up my portfolio of stock vectors on Shutterstock over the past few months has been unexpectedly therapeutic. Like knitting; or weaving as the lovely La Ludi said to me on Facebook. A lovely way to get into a state of Flow. Challenging enough to be engaging...

Beliefs about ability

Our beliefs about the nature of our ability affects how we learn and perform when faced with a challenge. If we believe that our abilities are innate and immutable, we give up when faced with something we cannot immediately solve. If we believe that our abilities can...

Beliefs about success

2010 has been a year of big changes: moving away from Singapore, via Sweden, to Perth. Most of the second half was deliberately slowing down more. And from that less chaotic head space reflect on the life lived so far. Mid life crisis? Probably 😉 Here’re my thoughts...

Realisation: I don’t have to fix it!

Making a difference does not mean I have to absolutely transform the world completely by next week. It sounds so weird to write this out and realise that in many ways I was subscribing to this belief. There needs to be a healthy boundary between acting responsibly and...

Where are the shareholder voices?

The headline: Big Banks Face Revolt If They Raise Rates. Financial experts warn the big four banks – ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac – may lift their rates this week to protect their profits rather than wait for the RBA’s March meeting. South...
Gender-based pricing and the illusion of choice

Gender-based pricing and the illusion of choice

“I’ve used both razors, and they’re exactly the same, just differently colored, packages, gendered, and therefore, priced. Brought to you by Cold Storage, Singapore.” — Vernie Oliveiro in a post on her Facebook page recently with the...
Re-thinking Cheap Fast Good

Re-thinking Cheap Fast Good

As I was writing the post Thinking differently about profit sharing, I am reminded of the Cheap Fast Good trinity where you can only choose two of the three. Cheap and Fast – the quality will probably be wanting. Fast and Good – and it’ll cost you. Cheap and Good –...

On self esteem and being open-minded

Most people know only what they know, and don’t know what they don’t know. They don’t bother discovering what they don’t know. Some people know they don’t know, and yet deliberately seek not to know. This is aptly called wilful ignorance. Being wilfully ignorant or...

Petition for an ethical iphone 5

If you gave a damn about how ethically the next iphone will be made, add your voice to this petition. Via theregister.co.uk Update: Related article on the Guardian: Apple hit by boycott call over worker abuses in China — US writers attack conditions at Foxconn...

Thinking differently about profit sharing

This post was inspire by Matt Asay’s article Why I’d pay Apple more to give iPad factory workers a break – Time to ‘think different’ on production line demands. Profit making is not the problem. The sharing of the profit made amongst the members of...

What should I do with my blog in 2012?

I have been mulling over how to evolve my blogging over the past few months. It has been about six years now (1,360 posts conservatively estimated to be close to 390,000 words). The original intent was to commit to a discipline of writing regularly, and also as a...

Obsolescence resistant design

Vitsoe the shelving maker takes a strong clear stance against built-in obsolescence and the common practice of selling people slightly newer things before they need it. “For 50 years Vitsœ has stood against product obsolescence, which means you can still add...

Tangible versus intangible value

I wrote about the difficulty of valuing intangibles like innovation, excellence, commitment in a previous post Money versus other measures of value; and personal give-a-damn-ness. This post builds on that as well as extending a conversation I had with conversation...

Money versus other measures of value

The value of something is often rendered down to money versus everything else; and personal give-a-damn-ness. Money is an attractive measure because its value is universally appreciated and accessible. Everyone gets monetary worth. Everyone gets the immediacy of...
Page 4 of 11« First...23456...10...Last »