Organisational risks: why should ethics feature prominently?

The majority of organisations in the modern era understand the importance of risk management and hence make some effort to manage it. The obvious dimensions of organisational risk are financial, legal, operational, information technology,…

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Moral regeneration needed to rebuild ethical leadership

A man promised his children he would buy them new toys at the end of the month because he knew he would be receiving his performance bonus when payday arrives. He received his bonus on a Friday, but decided to celebrate with his friends…

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Increased virtualisation may be very bad for ethics

The verdict is out: virtualisation may be very bad for ethics

Most of us have adopted a more virtual lifestyle since the COVID pandemic. Many organisations have now brought in more relaxed work-from-home policies with a much larger percentage of employees now doing some or most of their work through…

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Cultivating Ethical Fortitude – the building better agenda.

Throughout the course of recorded history, the aftermath of major catastrophic events such as pandemics, wars, and famine have always played a pivotal role in interrogating the foundations of society, the sustainability of its material…

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Are politicians helping us trust them?

“We need, as a nation, at this time more than any other, to reveal our true character. We need to work together and leave no one behind”. – (Pres Cyril Ramaphosa, SONA, Feb 2023)   Integrity is consistency of character. Integrity is…

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Can chatbots be ethical?

Can chatbots be ethical?

The recent release of ChatGPT was met with such enthusiasm that the system is regularly unable to cope with the massive user demand for its service. However, the system did not only introduce a useful tool that people enjoy, but it also…

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Arresting Social and Ethical Erosion

Arresting Social and Ethical Erosion

We have become, to an alarming extent, used to social and ethical erosion in South Africa. Our lives have also been adapted accordingly. This is a trend that should be arrested and turned around. Trees and plants might just teach us how…

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Eskom: Resuscitating the dead horse

Eskom: Resuscitating the dead horse

In November 2021, André de Ruyter was asked why he does not resign as Eskom’s CEO, thereby assuming the primary accountability for the state-owned entity’s woes. He responded that you do not change the jockey on a dead horse. He thus…

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ORGANISATIONAL ETHICAL INTERVENTIONS AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE (GBV) IN WORKPLACES

Photo by Yan Krukov In the workplace, sexual harassment is the predominant form of GBV experienced. This occurs when a person in a position of authority asks for sexual favours from an employee in exchange for workplace benefits. Some…

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THE UNSUCCESS OF SUCCESS – THE NEW ZEALAND ALL BLACKS

It is interesting to note that we often focus heavily on what organisations should be doing when they are in some type of trouble but forget about these important endeavours when things are going well. Usually, when organisations realise…

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WHOSE PROBLEMS IS DEPLOYMENT SOLVING?

Lead article – Kris Dobie When you have a problem, the logical thing to do is to try to fix it.  As Gwede Mantashe points out: in 1994, when the ANC came to power there was a definite problem in that most (if not all) senior managers in…

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NOT SO INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

Photo by Sora Shimazaki “I have done nothing wrong. No court has convicted me on any charges!” Does that sound familiar? Of course it does! That was roughly the parting message from former President Zuma when he was forced out of office on…

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