Wednesday 3 April 2019

Turning values into virtues (sustainable not situational values)

This is the second in a series of posts about values. Here's is the first post.

One of my favourite writers and authors is Thomas L. Friedman. In his 14th May 2010 blog A Question From Lydia he says:

So more and more of us are behaving by, what Seidman calls, “situational values”: I do whatever the situation allows. Think Goldman Sachs or BP. The opposite of situational values, argues Seidman, are “sustainable values”: values that inspire in us behaviors that literally sustain our relationships with one another, with our communities, with our institutions, and with our forests, oceans and climate. Of course, to counter this epidemic of situational thinking, we need more and better regulations, but we also need more people behaving better. Regulations only tell you what you can or can’t do in certain situations. Sustainable values inspire you to do what you should do in every situation.

The Seidman Thomas Friedman refers to is Dov Seidman, the C.E.O. of LRN who help companies build ethical cultures. Please read the full Friedman blog here.

Sustainable values are for me virtues i.e. lived values.

Read a great article here about values becoming virtues by Jack Krupansky.

Have your values become virtues?

How well are you living sustainable values?

Who will you become?

What will you do next?

Be remarkable.

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