I find it extremely helpful, even in the middle of today’s turmoil, to have in my hand a compass that tells me the direction towards which I must steer through the storm and beyond it.
Abraham Maslow

Actors often ask me about offers they get: “Should I do this?” They’re conflicted about it. My answer is always: “You’re conflicted because you know exactly what the right thing to do is, and you’re being pulled by things that are not the right things. The issue for you is: Are you going to do the right thing?”
Kevin Spacey

Ethical behaviour is rooted in culture. And addressing culture goes deeper than writing a code of ethics or regulatory framework.
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a life-centred values-
based approach to
work and workplace

Changing the
pattern of behaviour

Culture Mapping

Culture is the tip of the iceberg - the visible outcome of the underlying values and beliefs that shape decisions and behaviour. In organisations this internal territory is just as important as the external market, and just as full of surprises.

But how can you measure this intangible asset? How do you know what cultural strengths are available to build on, or what weaknesses are blocking progress? Where are the time-bombs? What needs to change? The only way to begin is to find out where you’re starting from.

Culture Mapping makes the intangible dimensions of culture tangible, by mapping human values in a practical and insightful way and presenting a clear agenda for change and a firm context for meaningful action. read more

Leadership, Values and Consciousness

The institutional collapses and breakdown in governance seen in recent times, are consequences of a leadership deficit that, over time, facilitated a gradual erosion of the moral base on which the institutions were founded.

New and unprecedented conditions ahead of us, call for a different kind of leadership. Those who head the institutions we depend on will need to operate with an expanded consciousness and a wider spectrum of values than has characterised the recent past. read more

What would change if we applied life’s simple rules in our workplaces and our lives?

At one level values are simple rules like the rules that enable birds to flock without colliding. At another, they’re the principles that guide organisational choices and decisions and ultimately shape the world.

Because they’re intangible, values can be dismissed as peripheral to the ‘practical’ concerns of the workplace. Soft, not hard. The truth is that human motivation and behaviour are driven by values and that puts them right at the heart of everything that happens - in the workplace and everywhere else. Wherever there are people, values are at work. We can’t choose to have them or not, but we can choose to have them work for us.

Values structure the space in which work happens and relationships unfold and when unethical behaviour destroys trust and reputation, it’s not just a failure of regulation, it’s a failure of personal values and integrity also. That’s a cultural issue and if we want to address it in any meaningful way, it’s necessary to address the values that underpin the culture.

Our key institutions have enormous influence on the common consciousness. Their values become the values of society. Given the extent of institutional failure and growing public demand for better governance and leadership, the future will belong to organisations that demonstrate responsible stewardship and values that balance legitimate self-interest with the wider social good.

Read more about Values and what clients say here