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Ethics As A Group Activity

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Ethics - How can we All play to win? Exploring the dynamics of ethics in groups.

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Ethics As A Group Activity

  1. 1. Ethics As A Group Activity How can we ALL play to win? Presented by Kathryn Alexander Ethical Impact, Inc.
  2. 2. Systemic Aspects of An Ethical Organization Culture - empowering or demeaning (soil) Values - used appropriately - or not (rain) Structure - facilitative or blocking (ecology) Character - developed and supported (plants) All aspects are interrelated
  3. 3. Power Continuum Influence Control Appreciation © Bill Smith ODI, AIC Process Each aspect has its’ own range, strength,  limitations, and time  And, it’s own appropriate use
  4. 4. Five Hidden Agendas Self Expression Safety Obedience oo Power Relationship Power c Relationship Self Expression Safety Obedience
  5. 5. Four Major Cultures Inventive Command & Control oo Competitive Collaborative Competitive c Collaborative Innovative Command & Control How do these cultures relate to the Power Continuum?
  6. 6. Hidden Agreements on Teams Current Core Team #4 Current Core Team #6 Current Core Team #5 Self- Self- Self- Actualization Actualization Actualization 15 20 15 10 10 10 5 Personal Power Relationship 5 Personal Power Relationship Personal Power Relationship 0 0 0 Security Rules Security Rules Security Rules Current Core Team #7 Current Core Team #9 Current Core Team #8 Self- Self- Self- Actualization Actualization Actualization 12 15 15 11 10 10 10 Personal Power Relationship 5 Personal Power Relationship 5 Personal Power Relationship 9 0 0 Security Rules Security Rules Security Rules
  7. 7. Hidden Agreements on Teams Ideal Core Team #5 Ideal Core Team #6 Ideal Core Team #4 Self- Self- Self- Actualization Actualization Actualization 20 20 20 15 15 10 10 Personal 10 Personal Personal Relationship Relationship Relationship 5 Power 5 Power Power 0 0 0 Security Rules Security Rules Security Rules Ideal Core Team #8 Ideal Core Team #9 Ideal Core Team #7 Self- Self- Self- Actualization Actualization Actualization 20 20 20 15 15 15 10 10 Personal Personal 10 Personal Relationship Relationship 5 5 Relationship Power Power 5 Power 0 0 0 Security Rules Security Rules Security Rules
  8. 8. Common Lived Values Strength One half of these Honesty values are focused Loyalty on protection Honor One half are Inventiveness focused on Initiation process for enhanced inclusion interaction Tradition Thrift Misapplication Optimism creates corruption Production Jane Jacobs, Systems of Survival
  9. 9. Leadership Traps Command & Control Directive Obedience focused Top down Inflexible Malicious compliance Fear generating Limits risk taking Limits inventiveness Distrusting Limits responsiveness Generates self protection
  10. 10. Leadership Traps Competitive Winning most important Creative Pushes limits Deception tolerated Secretive Self protective Political Crafty Inconsiderate of others Ends justify means Vindictive
  11. 11. Leadership Traps Relationship Collaborative Quality and learning a priority Experimentation fostered Relationship more Group versus important than truth personal win Group think Assumes others are like minded
  12. 12. Leadership Traps Innovative - Self Expressive Self managing Experimental Inventive & creative Independent Rebellious Resistant to direction Resentful of authority
  13. 13. What Can Accountants Do? Where are you in the hierarchy? Is your boss a bully? What’s the culture like? Where are you in your career? Don’t stand alone!
  14. 14. Resources Books Saving the Corporate Soul, Davie Batstone Cradle to Cradle, William McDonough & Michael Braungart No More Throw-Away People, Edgar Cahn Images of Organization, Gareth Morgan The Future of Money, Bernard Lietaer Journals Green Biz Business Ethics Ethical Impact, Inc. 5505 Valmont Rd. Suite 278 Boulder, CO 80301 303-440-5833

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