Last week, I watched an eye-opening podcast on systemic bias against blacks in the workplace as well as in life in general. For those of us who have not lived the life of constant discrimination by race, broadcasts on this topic are essential to give us insight and a balanced perspective. We can never walk a mile in those shoes, but we can learn from those who have. Near the conclusion of the broadcast, one… Read More »Unconscious Bias: What does it Mean?
A popular concept in science fiction is to consider a parallel universe where cultural norms are reversed. There are an infinite number of possible situations that would make travel to one of these dimensions enlightening or humorousâ€¦ or both. Daily life in our universe is never seen to be out of the ordinary because we follow those who have determined exactly what ordinary should be. What if they are wrong? I doubt that there were… Read More »Fine Tuning Business Ethics
This was originally published on March 20, 2013 as â€œDiversity and Occlusionâ€ as a continuing dialog on diversity as an ethical position for company management. Being more of a legal than a moral issue in most instances, there is a search for new grounds to measure these ethics. According to Ayn Rand, â€œEvery aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics â€“ a rational ethics â€“ as a precondition of rebirth.â€ No, that… Read More »The Ethics of Diversity and Occlusion
Originally posted on June 6, 2013 as â€œCreating and Maintaining a Culture of Diversityâ€ and was selected and edited for this series because it touches on so many of the factors that people use as a basis for morality and ethical behavior. A quote from Theodore Roosevelt: â€œWide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to… Read More »Diversity as an Ethical Imperative
Anyone with more than a few minutes of experience working in a corporate staffing office knows that certain things are not negotiable. I once worked at a start-up that was a spinoff from a large corporation with a lot of inherited baggage in the form of policies and procedures from the parent company. We had to change everything that didnâ€™t fit. An example of a non-negotiable item when hiring new employees was vacation time. Many… Read More »Talent Selection â€“ Part 4: Interviewing Tradeoffs