Ethics involve hard choices. Hugo Slim, Co-founder of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights, says in emergencies humans tend to become more ethical than usual, both as individuals and as collectives. We may panic buy and feel scared, but deep down we also know it is a time for exceptionally ethical conduct and for virtues that we do not always show, like kindness, humanity, courage, selflessness, and a commitment to the common good.
He identifies four areas of focus as we create new emergency ethics for the world, including good leadership which is “an essential factor in emergency ethics. Doing the right thing at the right time is not easy… Leadership is difficult, stressful, and lonely, which means leaders should have our support and understanding when they are acting with integrity in crisis.”
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“If I could teach only one value to live by, it would be this: Success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.”
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When the report of the Financial Services Royal Commission was handed down more than a year ago, it was a shock to the system. But have practices in finance or any other sector actually changed?
In evidence to the Commission, former Treasury Secretary and NAB chair Dr Ken Henry pondered whether the cause of business misconduct might be capitalism itself. “The capitalist model is that businesses have no responsibility other than to maximise profits for shareholders,” said Henry. The consequence of this mindset, he argued, is that customers are treated in an instrumental fashion: as a means to profit rather than as human beings with rights and interests. This same might be said for the environment, or animals. If profit is King, who or what plays the role of serf?
In this audio interview Professor Elizabeth Sheedy discusses the new study of unethical behaviour in major organisations she co-authored.
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Billionaire Warren Buffett advises leaders when selecting top talent to most keenly value integrity of all traits.
“We look for three things when we hire people. We look for intelligence, we look for initiative or energy, and we look for integrity. And if they don’t have the latter, the first two will kill you, because if you’re going to get someone without integrity, you want them lazy and dumb.”
This article explored six fundamental traits embodied by leaders with integrity.
Inc, 6 February 2020See More
“The question really is not whether we’ll be tied to the somethings of our past, but whether we are courageous enough to be tied to the whole of them.” In his opening statement in the US to a House hearing on H.R. 40, a bill that would establish a commission to study reparations, Ta-nehisi Coates’ argument that ‘Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole’ has resonance in Australia, and will be familiar to Executive Colloquium participants who grapple with the realities, responsibilities and consequences of slavery and civil rights through the writings of Gribble, Martin Luther King, Jr and Stan Grant, among others.
The Atlantic, 19 June 2019See More