ethics

Mr. Scrooge / Sr. Scrooge

Mr. Scrooge

Once upon a time, on a cold Christmas Eve, Mr. Scrooge was sitting in his counting house, watching his clerk in the cell beyond. Suddenly, a cheerful voice cried Merry Christmas, Uncle! The bearer of this voice was a bright-eyed and handsome fellow, Mr. Scrooge’s nephew. Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? …

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Entitled to our opinions / Derecho a opinar

Entitled to our opinions

Are we entitled to our opinions? This is a controversial topic. If everyone is entitled to an opinion, are all opinions equally valid in all contexts? Ideally, opinions should be based on facts. And yet, humans have a limited capacity to gather information from reality. What facts should we consider? How do we know what …

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Truth / La Verdad

Truth

Once, Truth and Lie went swimming in a large lake. After a while, Lie came out of the water dressed in beautiful clothes. Truth, on the other hand, remained in the lake, naked and unadorned. When Lie came out of the lake, people admired Lie’s splendid clothes and his beauty. They were drawn to her. …

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Violence / violencia

Violence

Violence in all its forms has been a pervasive aspect of human history. Whether it’s physical aggression, verbal abuse, or acts of war, it has often been used as a means of resolving conflict, expressing anger, or exerting power over others. We have all seen its effects on human relationships. From an ethical perspective, however, …

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Managing by values / Gestión por valores

Managing by values

In today’s dynamic and rapidly evolving business landscape, effective management practices go beyond mere profitability and performance metrics. Organizations are recognizing the significance of aligning their actions and decision-making with a set of core values that define their purpose, culture, and impact on society. Managing by values is an approach that emphasizes the importance of …

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bias / sesgos

Bias

Last week, I was on the subway on my way to work when a couple of people got on. Immediately, the woman next to me moved to a seat farther away from them and looked at them suspiciously. The reason was probably something to do with their appearance. It was obvious that they weren’t in …

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Importance of ethics / importancia de la ética

Importance of ethics

If it’s legal, it’s right. That’s what many say when asked about some sort of business practices. And yet, recent history shows us the importance of ethics while pursuing business objectives. Regulation will always be behind business This era of digitalization, the use of artificial intelligence and data processing tools, along with changes in people’s …

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Persuasion / Persuasión

Persuasion

When I work with managers developing their leadership skills, we usually talk a lot about how they make decisions. Complexity, non-linearity, and uncertainty shape a context, in which making decisions is certainly difficult. And yet, making decisions is only one side of the coin. The other side is persuasion, an art that every leader should …

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Real purpose / Propósito real

Real purpose

Leaders need to deal with uncertainty. To make that, they aim to a desired future chosen among all the possibilities. A destiny strongly dependent on what the organization’s purpose is. Vision, the desired future, and purpose, the why, are present in every organization. But unless actions follow the words, it’s not a real purpose but …

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