Joe Marasco Published on December 15, We are seeing a renaissance of interest in culture and values in business these days 1which I view as another example of nature abhorring a vacuum: Culture and values are coming into focus now because we simply haven't given them much consideration in recent times.
What exactly do we mean by values and ethics? Both are extremely broad terms, and we need to focus in on the aspects most relevant for strategic leaders and decision makers. What we will first discuss is the distinctive nature of ethics for public officials; second, the forces which influence the ethical behavior of individuals in organizations; and third, explore the actions strategic leaders can take to build ethical climates in their organizations.
That someone can be an individual or, collectively, an organization. One place where values are important is in relation to vision. One of the imperatives for organizational vision is that it must be based on and consistent with the organization's core values.
In one example of a vision statement we'll look at later, the organization's core values - in this case, integrity, professionalism, caring, teamwork, and stewardship- were deemed important enough to be included with the statement of the organization's vision.
John Johns, in an article entitled "The Ethical Dimensions of National Security," mentions honesty and loyalty as values that are the ingredients of integrity.
When values are shared by all members of an organization, they are extraordinarily important tools for making judgments, assessing probable outcomes of contemplated actions, and choosing among alternatives.
Perhaps more important, they put all members "on the same sheet of music" with regard to what all members as a body consider important. The Army, inhad as the theme for the year "values," and listed four organizational values-loyalty, duty, selfless service, and integrity-and four individual values- commitment, competence, candor, and courage.
A Department of the Army pamphlet entitled Values: The Bedrock of Our Profession spent some time talking about the importance of values, and included this definition: Values are what we, as a profession, judge to be right.
They are more than words-they are the moral, ethical, and professional attributes of character. Army-civilian and uniformed soldier alike. These are not the only values that should determine our character, but they are ones that are central to our profession and should guide our lives as we serve our Nation.
Values are the embodiment of what an organization stands for, and should be the basis for the behavior of its members. However, what if members of the organization do not share and have not internalized the organization's values?
Obviously, a disconnect between individual and organizational values will be dysfunctional. Additionally, an organization may publish one set of values, perhaps in an effort to push forward a positive image, while the values that really guide organizational behavior are very different.
When there is a disconnect between stated and operating values, it may be difficult to determine what is "acceptable. One might infer that officers are encouraged to "have the courage of their convictions" and speak their disagreements openly.
In some cases, this does work; in others it does not.
The same thing works at the level of the society. The principles by which the society functions do not necessarily conform to the principles stated. Those in power may covertly allow the use of force to suppress debate in order to remain in power. In some organizations, dissent may be rewarded by termination-the organizational equivalent of "death squad" action.
In others, a group member may be ostracized or expelled. Group members quickly learn the operating values, or they don't survive for long.a. Ontological Issues. What sorts of things are these candidates? In particular, should the bearers of truth-values be regarded as being linguistic items (and, as a consequence, items within specific languages), or are they non-linguistic items, or are they both?
In addition, should they be regarded as being concrete entities, i.e., things which have a determinate position in space and time.
April 1, “Values are the seeds from which all behavior grows.” 1. Value centered homes develop value centered children. Children who demonstrate compassion, respect, responsibility, perseverance, initiative, and integrity have parents who demonstrate these qualities on a regular basis.
Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change Executive Summary. Generations, like people, have personalities, and Millennials — the American teens and twenty-somethings who are making the passage into adulthood at the start of a new millennium — have begun to forge theirs: confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.
PRINCIPLED DECISION MAKING -- HOW TO GET THE RESULTS WE REALLY WANT, MAXIMIZE OUR STRENGTH AND POWER, AND BE PROUD OF OUR ACTIONS [Some of this analysis has been adapted from Making Ethical Decisions by Character Counts.
What are your deepest held moral values? How are you teaching these values to your children? Are you doing it alone or are you seeking help from religious organizations or other resources?
Teaching your kids moral values is one of the most important responsibilities you have as a parent. Some reasons for the large number of bankruptcy filings are due to: 1.) Mormons paying 10% or more of their gross income to the Mormon Church in tithing and other offerings, 2.) large families, and 3.) the pressure in Mormonism to be, or at least appear, financially successful as proof the Lord is blessing them.