Customers shop globally now, and when they buy, they compare products more and more often based on ethics. In addition to shopping cautiously during the recession when money is tight, there's also a trend toward thinking about how each purchase impacts the global community and the planet.
We are Beginning to Understand the Kind of Educational Leadership that Prepares Young Students for Success in Our Complex World. Forward-thinking leaders are advocating these educational approaches and roles that lead to creativity, learning, growth and innovation:
How Will People Learn to Think Ethically if We Don't Teach Them? While we place a heavy emphasis on corporate education and childhood education as a nation, we don't often see "learning to think ethically" on the classroom agenda or the corporate training schedule. How can people be expected to navigate the complexities of life and work responsibly without learning how to think ethically?
"Communication Future" Our understanding of communication is changing rapidly and these articles preview what the future of communication may look like (and a history of where it's been). What Do We Need to Know? Successful communication requires new approaches in a connected global society. Some of the trends and changes featured in these articles include:
5 Sources for Understanding and Avoiding Leader Bias 1. "The Vision Renewal Process: How to Achieve Bias-Free Leadership" Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. Worforce Diversity Networ
Many Programs Focus on Risk While many ethics programs focus on the risk side of ethics - compliance with laws and regulations, avoiding lawsuits, etc., there is an equally important side of ethics that involves helping others develop their own skills and abilities in ways that support the organization's mission. One important aspect of ethical leadership that may be overlooked when we view ethics using a "legal lens" is developing the performance potential of the people we lead. If we only think about following laws and avoiding legal problems, we may miss the important aspects of care that are part of ethical leadership.
All of us who lead and develop leaders need to be tuned in to the "New Leading." To embrace the "New Leading," we need to realize that leadership and ethics are joined in important ways. Many leaders have traditionally thought of ethics and leadership as two different things. That fragmented way of thinking is part of why we've reached a point where there are so many examples of ethical violations in the news. What Really Happens When We Separate "Leading" From "Ethically?"?
Shared Ethical Values Part 2 - A Reader Asked for More! At the request of a reader via a comment on Linked In (thanks for the suggestion Jan!) this post features more sources and more recent sources of information about shared ethical values on a global scale. The Names Vary, But it's All About Ethical Values While the titles may vary, including "corporate social responsibility" or "global business" they are all addressing shared values and principles of responsible business in a global economy.
Ethics Training Shouldn't be Boring Keeping people engaged in the process of learning about ethical leadership is important. I see so many tweets from people attending ethics classes about how bored they are and how they already know the material that's being reviewed. Are these participants learning? Or are they being given information that covers some area of perceived risk but has no value to them in their day-to-day worlds?
Consumers Want Sustainable Marketing Many consumers now shop around for "ethical" companies and those consumers expect a new kind of business marketing - the kind with a long-term view and a sustainable approach. When we decide what to hand out to customers that will help them remember our company, we need to consider the unintentional messages our choices may be sending.
Ethics Codes are Recommended You don't have to be a big business to stray (intentionally or unintentiaonally) into unethical business behavior. That's why ethics codes are recommended for any size business these days.
We could define a "good product" a number of different ways. For example, tasty convenient clean colorful nutritious
As of today, after over 100 posts, these are the Top 10 Most Popular Leading in Context® Blog Posts: Planned Obsolescence: Is it Ethical? No. Can We Still Have the Newest Gadgets? Yes! Case Study: Is Withholding Information From Other Leaders…
Sleep and Ethical Behavior Besides the fact that mistakes and accidents may increase at work due to lack of sleep, there is evidence that lack of sleep also contributes to the likehood of unethical behavior and to serious physical and mental harm. Here are some of the questions that this post will explore: 1. Is it ethical to force people to become sleep deprived? 2. Is it ethical to promote "wakefulness" in ways that interfere with natural sleep cycles? 3. Is it ethical to schedule work in ways that prevent people from getting regular sleep?
The context for ethical leadership is broader than you may think. Here are some quotes that bring the concept to life: