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Talks and Articles

The articles here are available for you to download free. We hope they are of some value to you in your work and study. The collection is added to from time to time.

The taboo against ethics in business leadership

This was a session for SLaM (Spirituality, Leadership and Management). The session explored the many reasons why business leaders are often reluctant to talk about ethics. Presented in Sydney in October 2008.

taboo on ethics

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Click on image to see larger version. Image is from the "From Mao to Now" exhibition at Sydney Olympic Park, September 2008.

Ethics and the quest for happiness

This session was for the annual conference of the Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics held in Brisbane, 10-11 June 2008. My paper looked at the links between current conversations about happiness and conversations about why we act seek to ethically. Download paper.

Threats to HR. This paper from the Local Government National HR Conference in November 2007 looks at key issues for HR practitioners in the current industrial relations climate. Written before the federal election, but still relevant. Read the article.....

Pay for performance. “Financial incentives motivate higher performance." For many managers, this view is an unquestioned assumption. But there is mounting evidence, both anecdotal and statistical, that the connections between performance and pay are neither direct nor simple. Read the article.....

Compliance: the first step towards organisational ethics. There is no doubt that employers need to carry out compliance training and ensure staff know what kinds of behaviour are unacceptable in the workplace. But a compliance strategy without an ethical perspective is still of limited value. Many senior executives are coming around to the view that compliance measures must be accompanied by efforts to foster and enhance the organisation’s ethics. Read the article.....

The new manager: Transition to tyrant? The rhetoric of management nowadays is about teamwork rather than being “the boss”. We talk about flat organisations and worker participation in decision making. For all that, when employees are selected for their first supervisory posting, they are likely to assume autocratic tendencies. Read the article.....

Personal growth for a professional career. Formal training to be a human resources professional is only the beginning of the journey to competence and expertise. Most of the real learning comes through experiences in the role. Hence the importance of professional development. How do we maximise our opportunities to learn and develop as professionals? Read the article.....

Core human values and the Chinese elements. The core human values model can be understood through the qualities of the five elements in Chinese philosophy – earth, water, metal, fire and wood. This article explains the correspondence between the values and the elements. Read the article.....

Ethics in HR.Human resources practitioners are often in the front line for ethical issues. Employee pay and conditions, and their continuation of employment, often lie in the hands of HR and the decisions they make. What do HR practitioners themselves feel? Read the article...