Value, values and ethical decisions

Value, values and ethical decision-making.

Below is attached a short commentary on an interesting article recently published by strategy+business that discusses whether or not we really do take ethics, social responsibility or the environment into account when making our purchases.

The commentary also asks some key controversial questions about the efficacy of socially responsible programmes – which we hope may stimulate some debate around issues such as women in business, affirmative action and launching environmentally-friendly products.

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The impact of trust on strategic decision making

The impact of trust when making strategic decisions.

I recently came across, and read, a book entitled “The speed of trust” by Stephen Covey (junior) and got to thinking how trust can impact on all aspects of our lives – both professionally and personally.

Because it is the main area of focus of Genesis, I also considered how the presence (or absence) of trust can greatly facilitate (or seriously hamper) the whole process of taking strategic decisions.

Attached is a link to a short article that gives a little more detail of the book and its underlying concepts – and then goes on to show how, by consciously applying the principals, we may improve our decision-making processes. The example used is one of a corporate acquisition.

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The way we (used to) do things around here

The way we (used to) do things around here.
Reframing behaviour to make change happen

I recently came across this fascinating Booz & Co. article that discusses the use of neuroscience in making changes happen – at organisational and personal levels. We all have experienced times when we have tried to make personal changes and failed (New Years Resolutions as one example) or tried to make organisational changes and for some reason the changes do not happen or at least do not stick.

This article goes some way to explain why this happens, or does not happen. Although the use of neuroscience in assisting with organisational change is still relatively in its infancy, there are some interesting ideas put forward that can help us think about making organisational change stick.

I am certain that in addition to the above, this also has significant relevance in considering how we manage the behavioural pitfalls that await us when taking decisions. Much work has been done in identifying these challenges (e.g. anchoring and seeking confirmatory evidence), but far less done in what we do about these things. The “meta-thinking” (thinking about what we are thinking about) discussed in the article is one way of doing this.

Below is a link to a summary of the article and a second link to the article itself.

We at Genesis would be happy to have a discussion with you as to how these principals and ideas may be put into practice in your organisation (or your personal life) when taking strategic decisions – or in the implementation of such.

Reframing behaviour – Summary of “the way we (used to) do things” article

Article: The way we (used to) do things around here