A well developed ethical framework encompasses both the professional and personal. Knowing what you stand for and what you will allow is vital. For leaders taking strong stances on issues such as sexual misconduct in the workplace there could be the extra benefit of contributing to more ethical corporate culture in general, as suggested by a 2019 study which showed a link between marital infidelity and professional misconduct.
Science Daily, 30 July 2019
Successful leaders today and in the decades to come must possess triple-threat leadership capability: IQ+EQ+DQ. In other words, they must possess a combination of two familiar attributes — intellect and emotional intelligence — and one that I believe must be recognized and elevated: decency.” Bill Boulding Dean of Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business
Harvard Business Review, 16 July 2019
Chair of the Centre for Policy Development, Terry Moran and CEO and Cranlana Moderator, Travers McLeod’s opinion piece on the Independent Review of the Thodey review.
Companies which are robustly diverse report growing market share 45% more often than their more homogeneous counterparts and are 70% more likely to capture a new market. Varied perspectives, thought patterns and problem-solving approaches produce better solutions. Fostering inclusive meetings to get maximum benefits of diversity is a competitive advantage. Do you know how?
Bioethicists often refer to four basic ethical principles when evaluating the merits and difficulties of medical procedures and research – autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-maleficence. What happens when you’re not sure whether the research you’re doing is breaching one or more of the bio-ethics principles?
Big Think, 23 October 2019
The 2019 Ethics Index quantifies the perceptions of adult Australians of the overall importance of ethics, and what the actual level of ethical behaviour is, within Australian society, examining various sectors, organisations, occupations, issues and influences across. On Climate Change the message for business leaders is clear – Australians believe they have an urgent ethical obligation to act.
Lawyers Weekly, December 2019
Autonomous cars will be required to make value judgments which must be pre-programmed. What should we tell them to do? To understand decisions human drivers would make before determining the ethical decisions that cars should make, researchers crowdsourced the question by launching a game called Moral Machine in which players are presented with a version of the trolley problem. The results suggest that if billions of driverless cars in the future are all programmed to make the same judgement call, it may be a lot more dangerous for some people to cross the street than others.
The New Yorker, 24 January 2019
Do you take yourself out of your comfort zone often enough? Alumna Kate Chaney, Director of Innovation and Strategy for Anglicare WA, believes that is what’s required to truly innovate. In this article she discusses the benefits of Cranlana for her thinking and leadership. She and Chief Executive (and fellow alumnus) Mark Glasson have made Cranlana “an integral part of the journey for Anglicare WA’s leadership”, with the learnings inherent to their strategic processes.
Business News Western Australia, 17 April 2019
Emilie Prattico offers a framework for action on climate change – justice and deliberation are as important as the science. “While the requirement for scientific and technical expertise about climate change cannot be denied, there are ways to reconcile this reality with the needs for inclusive, democratic processes about climate action. In his theory of deliberative democracy, the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas (1929-) provides a framework within which democratic processes can distinguish between the different dimensions of discourse – scientific-pragmatic and moral-political. In the context of climate change, this means that there are pathways to address the problem that don’t require scientific or technical expertise, and that are geared towards tackling the collective issues it raises democratically.”
Aeon, 18 December 2019
Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, is calling on “heroic chief executives willing to step up and move outside of the comfort zone and take personal risks” to drive change in the face of political inaction. “We are now at a point in society where the cost of not acting in these areas is higher than acting.”
The Guardian, 21 July 2019
There is a wealth of research that suggests octopuses are one of the most complex and intelligent animals in the ocean. They can recognise individual human faces, solve problems (and remember the answers for months) and there is some evidence they experience pain and suffering. They are the only invertebrate that the 2012 Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness considers sentient alongside mammals and birds. They are also a culinary delicacy with growing demand, but scientists say farming them is not only unethical but extremely damaging to the environment.
weforum 19 May 2019
What is ethical leadership, and why is it important? The Center for Ethical Leadership put it best when they said, “Ethical leadership is knowing your core values and having the courage to live them in all parts of your life in service of the common good.” Here are twelve different ways ethical leadership can make a positive impact on a business and why it’s so important.
Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness
The innocuous-sounding Pernkopf Topographic Anatomy of Man is described by Rabbi Joseph Polak, a Holocaust survivor and professor of health law, as a “moral enigma” because it is derived from “real evil, but can be used in the service of good”. Also known as Pernkopf’s Atlas, and considered to be the best example of anatomical drawings in the world, it’s no longer in print because the book’s findings came from the bodies of hundreds of people killed by the Nazis. The book’s dark past has meant scientists have grappled with the ethics involved in its use. Under what circumstances, if any, could these images be used in the service of healing?
BBC, 19 August 2019
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While structural change is relatively common in the public sector – almost every new government makes their mark in some way – it doesn’t make the upheaval and turmoil any easier on those affected. CEO Vanessa Pigrum offers three steps to help public servants examine the situation, navigate a path through the uncertainty and find clarity of purpose.
Government News, 16 December 2019
Sabina Nawaz says it’s time to retire the saying “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” Even though advocates of this approach believe it reduces complaining, increases empowerment, helps employees manage up, and boosts careers, it’s fraught with challenges.
Harvard Business Review, 1 September 2017
Alumna and moderator Rebecca Cody discusses teaching ethics to children, and how to navigate the complex environment modern principals work in.
The Educator online, 11 December 2019
Cranlana’s alumni are an international group, making a difference across the globe. Sometimes their pets make an impact too. Karen’s dog Cactus this year inadvertently joined thousands of human runners are competing in Marathon Des Sables in Morocco.
Daily Mail 12 April 2019
Alumnus David Cooke talks about modern slavery in global supply chains and how to remove it.
The Australian, 10 December 2019
The nature of work has changed dramatically in recent times. These changes require distinctly different leadership capacities.
Forbes, 22 November 2019