Audit Futures (ICAEW) recently hosted an international conference on culture and ethics by design; hosted by Chicago Booth School of Business and NYU Stern School of Business.
NYU Stern's Ethical System's Prof. Jon Haidt was the keynote speaker, with John Featherby as a panel member addressing the issue of transitioning from machines to organisms.
A summary of John's key comments included:
- "How" is the wrong first question as it bypasses what matters.
- The need to move beyond addressing symptoms to root problems.
- Recognising the primary language of organisations is that of an engineer and economist.
- The role of empathy and grief regarding the personal cost of modern organisations.
- Reclaiming the language of what matters: love, faith, compassion, trust, beauty and generosity.
- Culture change requires a conversation change: what you are personally willing to invest?
- S witching from a lens of patriarchy to one of partnership.
- Using trust and relationship to put a positive view of humanity centre stage.
- Change isn't required just because it's nice: the pace of change makes it a do or die scenario.