When I issued my recent post on Values and Ethical Behaviour I received some feedback that I was dealing with an important issue, but at a very cerebral level. The suggestion was – could I clarify what I was proposing people do with what I explored.
I accept that I approach the work I do from a conceptual thinking perspective (it’s my strength and curse). But I would like to respectfully try and respond to this helpful feedback:
What do I take out of this post (in terms of how to live)?
- Beliefs and attitudes are internal states. What we care about is how people behave. So the first actionable lesson is: Practice what you want in your obituary!
- Not all values are equal, there can be a hierarchy. This helps with tradeoff/conflict issues amongst them. Which one is the top one for me? Responsibility and its consequence side accountability. So, act responsibly and accept accountability.
- There will be times when values will conflict in specific choices. So the third lesson is develop and practice the artful skill of dealing with dilemmas.
I also had a surprise coming out of writing the aforementioned post. I did not expect to come to the conclusion that having a hierarchy of values was legitimate and useful. Also, I had never thought that if I had to select a priority value it would be responsibility.
I consider this a delightful outcome and exemplifies my BLOG nom de plume: 123stilllearning456.