Geert R. Teisman, Erik-Hans Klijn, J. Jacobs

J. Jacobs in her famous book Systems of Survival (1992) distinguishes between two ethical systems that she calls ‘moral syndromes’. The public domain is characterised by the guardian syndrome, the private domain by the commercial syndrome. The guardian syndrome involves values such as avoidance of trade and commerce, pursuit of discipline and loyalty, and respect for tradition and hierarchy. There is also a certain degree … [ Read more ]

Michael S. Poulton

Business “ethics,” should not be confused with business “morality.” Morality is the sum total of a particular society’s or organization’s current perceived traditions, beliefs, values, attitudes and norms that have been cultivated over time, institutionalized in religious doctrine, laws, regulations and codes of conduct which explicitly or implicitly suggest how an individual should behave in situations as they are encountered daily. Ethics may well … [ Read more ]

Fred Kiel

We talk about moral viruses, which are simply inaccurate or incorrect beliefs about the world or oneself. Almost all viruses stem from fear-based beliefs, which are usually irrational or inaccurate fears, such as the fear of an ethnic group.

Leaders have their own set of moral viruses. One that’s lethal relates to trust–the idea that you can’t trust people until they’ve proved they’re worthy. That’s a … [ Read more ]

Joan Didion

When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want or need something … but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen … and then is when we are in bad trouble.

Thorton Bradshaw

I’m a great believer that leadership, in a large part, is moral leadership. And people want to follow moral leadership. They respect it. And they expect it, too.