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Leading through Virtuousness

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Leading through Virtuousness

  1. 1. © Kim Cameron, University of Michigan Leading through Virtuousness in a World with a Changing Moral Compass Kim Cameron 13 December 2019 1 2019 SUMMIT CONFERENCE
  2. 2. © Kim Cameron, University of Michigan The Global Environment • The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2019 did not exist in 2008. • 870,654,553 – The number of people with no access to a safe drinking water source. • Approximately 75% of the wars on the planet are currently being fought in areas without access to adequate resources. • The global commons has become a source of conflict. • 40% of the world’s population is on-line, so connectivity is ubiquitous. • The amount of new information available to the average person doubles in less than two years. • Deepfake technology now enables users anywhere to fabricate video of virtually anyone, doing and saying anything. The Goal: Erode confidence in electoral processes, in leaders and institutions, and in democratic governance. • Frequent, systematic attacks are occurring in outer space, cyber space, pandemics, media, natural resources, economic stability, propaganda, and interpretations of history. • No strategies or rules of engagement have ever been developed for such conditions. 2 SOURCE: Military Intelligence Readiness Command
  3. 3. © Kim Cameron, University of Michigan Population Demographics USA 1.6 15% Canada 1.56 17% AFRICA Somalia 6.12 3% Uganda 5.46 2% Zambia 5.14 2% Kenya 4.12 3% Zimbabwe 3.65 3% MIDDLE EAST Palestine Territory 3.95 3% Pakistan 3.38 4% Israel 2.93 12% Syria 2.77 4% Saudi Arabia 2.59 3% India 2.34 6% WORLD 2.47 9% SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA Peru 2.35 7% Venezuela 2.28 7% Argentina 2.27 11% Mexico 2.14 7% Brazil 1.74 9% EUROPE U.K. 1.91 19% Netherlands 1.77 19% Switzerland 1.57 18% Germany 1.44 21% Spain 1.38 19% ASIA North Korea 1.94 9% Russia 1.72 14% China 1.59 11% Japan 1.46 27% South Korea 1.33 14% Population replacement rate = 2.10 (fertility per woman of childbearing age) Fertility Rate # Over 65 # Over 65Fertility Rate SOURCE; Our World in Data
  4. 4. © Kim Cameron, University of Michigan When everything is changing, it is impossible to manage change. So, what doesn’t change?
  5. 5. © Kim Cameron, University of Michigan A Deviance Continuum | | | Negative Deviance Normal Positive Deviance Individual: Physiological Illness Health Vitality Psychological Illness Health Flow Organizational: Economics Unprofitable Profitable Generous Effectiveness Ineffective Effective Excellence Efficiency Inefficient Efficient Add unique value Quality Error-prone Reliable 6 Sigma Ethics Unethical Ethical Virtuous Relationships Harmful Helpful Honoring Customers Dissatisfied Satisfied Life-long loyalty Deficit gaps Abundance gaps SOURCE: Cameron, 2003. difficult, challenging, & demanding 5
  6. 6. © Kim Cameron, University of Michigan Explanation 6 Focusing on Abundance Gaps (or Virtuousness) The Heliotropic Effect
  7. 7. © Kim Cameron, University of Michigan Research Illustrating the Heliotropic Effect • Positive Emotions • Positive Imagery • Positive Practices 7 SOURCES: See Cameron & Lavine, 2006; Cameron, 2012 for references Flu Vaccination Mental Acuity Creativity Telomeres
  8. 8. © Kim Cameron, University of Michigan Explanation for the Heliotropic Effect 8 Ideal: 0.1 hertz Engendered positive emotions and virtuousness enhances vagus nerve functioning and, consequently, long-term wellness. Sharot, Riccardi, Raio & Phelps (2007) Nature 450, 102-105 SOURCE:Cohn&Fredrickson,2011 Mindset Coherence – 0.1 Hertz Vagal Tone Blood Chemistry
  9. 9. © Kim Cameron, University of Michigan Inherent Heliotropism in Infants Children 3 to 8 months old were studied. Using puppets, some animals were depicted as helping and assisting other animals. Some animals were seen as hindering others. Infants were given a choice of which puppet to play with. Infants overwhelmingly preferred the animals that tried to help, even when the helping was not successful. Children preferred virtuousness. An inherent tendency exists in all humans to prefer positive, virtuous behavior from infancy. 9
  10. 10. © Kim Cameron, University of Michigan Impact of Virtuousness on Organizations • Conclusion After 15+ Years: An abundance culture, implementing positive leadership, and virtuous organizational practices produces significantly higher: • Profitability • Productivity • Quality • Efficiency • Innovation • Customer satisfaction • Employee retention 10
  11. 11. © Kim Cameron, University of Michigan Bottom Line Our survival, not to mention our quality of life, depends on implementing and emphasizing unchanging virtuousness in organizations and institutions. 11
  12. 12. © Kim Cameron, University of Michigan Questions Comments Yeah, Buts? 12

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