Blog posts for February 2022

I was  little more active in February, and some really interesting ideas came up.

One post was so short that it is all here:

Ethos:  There is a word I knew but always forgot to use: “ethos”. I will use it more. It’s a great word for what we stand for. Every organisation should have a clear ethos.

 

Other posts were politically outspoken, and/or advocating humanistic workplaces:

 

The paradox of tolerance
Popper’s paradox of tolerance is that to create a tolerant society we must be intolerant of some views. This creates a dilemma of when do we restrict freedom of speech and action in order to defend freedom of belief. I believe the resolution is to focus on safety.

Don’t stay silent
Most work cultures say keep politics out. It’s just business. Politics has no place in the workplace. Hang your beliefs st the door.  This must change.

Advancing values in the workplace
Social idealism – quite rightly – funded early renewable energy efforts, but it is economics that will save the planet. See the link in comments for an example. The only road to macro social change – other than bloodshed – is profitability. Whatever we engineer needs to make people better off financially as well as environmentally.

Make the workplace fertile
Make the workplace fertile. Create a work system where people can thrive, flourish, and blossom.

Hap! hap! happy!!!
I dislike the word “happy”. To me, happiness is a transitory emotion triggered by short term changes in conditions. Contentment, positivity, or optimism are more stable states.

Stealth remote working
A mobile home park in small-town New Zealand.
I’m outside our tiny battered old caravan, towed by an aging Toyota. I don’t recall when I last washed them.
I haven’t washed my hair either for days. I’m in decaying loafers, combat style pants, and a shapeless outdoors jacket, topped by a cheap straw hat.
Talking to the neighbour, I’m always excited to share our amazing lifestyle.
“My wife is inside. She is working right now. We are international management consultants. She is coaching and training the top executives of one of Vietnam’s biggest banks.”
He looks me up and down.
”Riiiight… ” and changes the subject.This scene has played out several times.

 

And some news that was exciting for us:

We finally hold our book<
Hands on our book at last.
It has been out for months.
Do you have a copy (Kindle or paperback)?