Management

The Rules for Being Funny… or Serious

Here it is in a nutshell: There are no rules. I’m sorry if you expected more than that, but anyone who professes to know a one-size-fits-all definition for each band of the humor spectrum is lying or misguided at best. It is usually a matter of situation and timing for something to be found funny. In company reorganizations we can refer to misguided efforts as “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,” but there was… Read More »The Rules for Being Funny… or Serious

Reviewing This Week on Make HR Happen – Ethics: Week 2

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Week 1 of the series on Ethics was basically editing previous articles and adapting them for the series. This week was not just more of the same, even though there were five (or more) posts that were the foundation for the new week. This time editing involved matching those items previously addressed with current research on the topic to give an updated perspective. In fact I was shocked at how much of a thread about… Read More »Reviewing This Week on Make HR Happen – Ethics: Week 2

Cynicism Is Also a Basis for Ethics

This article originally was posted on May 10, 2013 under the title “Corralling, Conquering, and Cultivating Cynicism.” To say that this was edited for the series on ethics would be too kind… it has been butchered, disassembled, and put back together again. Cynicism is one of the basic foundations of how we think and is sometimes a pathway to the truth. Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr said, “I think there ought to be a club in which… Read More »Cynicism Is Also a Basis for Ethics

The Ethics of Trust

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This was originally posted on April 2, 2013 titled “Creating an Environment of Trust” and has been edited for inclusion in the series on business ethics. Trust and ethics are not the same, but are linked together as to be inseparable. Science fiction writer Robert Heinlein said “I don’t trust a man who talks about ethics when he is picking my pocket. But if he is acting in his own self-interest and says so, I… Read More »The Ethics of Trust

The Ethics of Diversity and Occlusion

This was originally published on March 20, 2013 as “Diversity and Occlusion” 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, “Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics – a rational ethics – as a precondition of rebirth.” No, that… Read More »The Ethics of Diversity and Occlusion