Insights and commentary 2017-11-24T13:19:44+00:00

Insights and Commentary

Discover more thinking from other sources we find about the values, ethics and morality of the lives we live today in our featured articles, essays, books and blogs.

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  • 'The Power' book review - How to Be Good at Work - Jacky Fitt
    Book Review: 'New Power'
    “Jealousy guarded, closed, inaccessible and leader-driven" organisations won’t survive unless they become far more transparent and connected to their customers.
  • Works climbing scaffolding stairs - capitalism and feudalism - How to Be Good at Work insight - Jacky Fitt FRSA
    “Bosses want capitalism for themselves and feudalism for their workers”
    ... by and large, the majority of people today are not encouraged or trusted to make a positive contribution to shaping and improving their working lives.
  • Knife in a burger - Facebook. A force for good or evil? How to Be Good at Work - Jacky Fitt
    Facebook. A force for good or evil?
    It’s important to be able to work out the RIGHT way to use Facebook and other social media platforms to connect with other people. A knife can be used to prepare the food we eat - or it can be used to stab someone to death. Is it therefore the knife that’s good or bad, or is it about us and the way we use it?
  • Sky through the skyscrapers - A philosopher's place is in the boardroom - How to be Good at Work - Roger Steare
    FD, MD, DPhil… A Philosopher’s place is in the boardroom
    We all think, let’s face it, it’s a requirement for survival, yet, for many in a highly compliant and pressurised role, thinking, or perhaps more accurately personal reflection and responsibility (the trademarks of a moral grown-up), can be eroded, even suspended in a command-and-control style feudal corporate culture.
  • What’s going wrong at work?
    A lack of humanity in the workplace stems from feudal, fear-driven cultures, supported by world-wide MoralDNA research.
  • 'What Would A Moral Organisation Look Like?' Rob Coffee, Gareth Jones, Roger Steare - Management Today
    What would a moral organisation look like?
    In a new article for management today, academics Rob Goffee, Gareth Jones and How to be Good at Work founder Roger Steare argue that regulation alone isn’t sufficient to control corporate excess.
  • Character, culture and conduct: why good people do bad things in a fear-driven culture. Read founder of How to Be Good at Work, Corporate Philosopher Roger Steare’s essay, part of The Transforming Culture in Financial Services Discussion Paper. Published this week by the The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
    Character, culture and conduct
    Character, culture and conduct: why good people do bad things in a fear-driven culture. Read founder of How to Be Good at Work, Corporate Philosopher Roger Steare’s essay, part of The Transforming Culture in Financial Services Discussion Paper. Published this week by the The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
  • Just Following Orders
    When was the last time you were told to just shut up and do your job? Dave Trott creatively illustrates ‘just following orders’, lessons from history and how questioning, independent thought and responsible action are an essential part of any successful campaign, sustainable business and civilised society.
  • Masked man engulfed by exhaust fumes - Driving us to Death - How to Be Good at Work
    Driving Us to Death
    Who decided that gassing humans and primates was the right thing to do?
  • Murmuration of birds - Futility of economic prediction - Jacky Fitt on 'How to Be Good at Work'
    Predicted fall…, Anticipated growth…
    Uncertainty, breeds a rabid desire for the predictable: the known outcome, the endgame. And, today, the seemingly evangelical clamour of opposing ideologies to predict our future is deafening, drowning out the voices of reason and calm. And, economic prediction, although slavishly demanded, followed and repeated is possibly the most flawed of all.
  • worried man, HR and the 'Fear Factor'
    HR and the Fear Factor
    Our data reveals that HR is second only to the Media for fear-driven compliance at work...
  • Worried woman - Who's got the "Fear Factor" at work? - How to Be Good at Work - MoralDNA
    Who’s feeling the “Fear Factor” at work?
    We define the Fear Factor as the dominance of Law and the suppression of Love in a workplace culture. We can also describe this as the abuse of power and the objectification of other people. This is what we found…
  • Young teacher - Who's Reading 'How to Be Good at Work'
    Who’s reading 'How to Be Good at Work'?
    Looking at our stats around readership of our LiveBook, 'How to Be Good at Work' we were surprised by what we found. So, who is interested in being a better human being in the work place? Read on...
  • RSA: Good work from 'Across the Pond'
    Citing ethics, along with excellence and engagement, as the three key elements of good work...