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Thinking, values and people

“You begin with a hypothesis that has a certain surface plausibility. You find an ally whose background suggests that he’s an “expert”; out of thin air, he devises “data.” You write articles in sympathetic publications, repeating the data endlessly; in time, some of these publications make your cause their own. Like-minded congressmen pick up your mantra and invite you to testify at hearings.

You’re chosen for an investigative panel related to your topic. When other panel members, after inspecting your evidence, reject your thesis, you claim that they did so for ideological reasons. This, too, is repeated by your allies. Soon, the echo chamber you created drowns out dissenting views; even presidential candidates begin repeating the Big Lie.”– Joe Nocera

But who cares about this?

All the people think and to think is part of our nature, but much of our thinking is biased, distorted, partially, without sufficient and necessary information or even full of prejudices.

Everybody, more or less consciously, is looking for a good quality of life and what we do to achieve that necessarily depends on the quality of our thinking.

For the construction of a good quality of life or something meaningful we must cultivate systematically the excellence of thought, and because this quality of life also depends on the environment where we entered and our relationship with it, it is important to be aware that there are at least two needs that must be necessarily satisfied:

-The need for a construction and development of critical thinking and

-The need for construction of a system of values and of their systematic application in our actions.

Critical thinking, or way of thinking on any topic or issue favoring the intellectual integrity, humility, civic attitudes, empathy, justice and faith in reason, lets us not embark on the construction of the big lie and give direction to our dreams without having to go adrift.

Ask questions about the information that we collect is fundamental to an effective critical thinking development.

Does this make sense?

What is my experience says about this information?

Are my assumptions valid? Why?

Asking questions can be a way to start a process of integration in a particular group and that often arises after a compliment or a greeting.

Almost everyone of us admit that we do questions ourselves and we expect a response, but not always we realize when we cheat.

When we are stimulated by the brightness of a storefront or by the text of an advertisement in a magazine one of the questions that after some time in arises is: “How much does it cost?”, “What will be the price?” or even “How is this so valuable?”

The value of things differs according to the stakeholders in those things and can range from the difficult financial representation to accept up to a very deep feeling of satisfaction or contempt. After all the value represents not only the importance that something has for us, but also a story that tells “the why” of such importance.

We ask questions when it reported a scandal or when a manager of a company has a bad behavior and however we do not realize that we are asking questions about values.

The value theory encompasses a set of approaches to realize how, why and to what extent people value things, be they people, ideas, objects, or anything else. However, in day-to-day we use a simple differentiation between economic and ethical value (personal and cultural) and that often get confused.

For example, the changing nature of the values in the society can be reflected in corporate executives and what before was to play according to rules shall be replaced by the need to exceed expectations, because the values of the executives are personal values and their needs have changed.

These values can be considered as being profound beliefs that offer a reading of the needs and motivations of the people.

All social values have their origin in personal values and these are seen as being determined by the development of the individual within a culture.

For each person there is a system of values and is more important to try to understand it than trying to understand a single value. A value system is created by our underlying needs that differ over time and perhaps for this reason the need to overcome the expectations overlaps on game rules, as explained above.

Our quality of life becomes a reality when our critical thinking presents systematic and allows us to avoid the big lies produced by some executives and often masked innovation, but which calls into question the construction of our future, based on our system of values and not in a so-called unsustainable welfare.

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Confrontation with the power

 “It’s not that we don’t teach values well, it’s that people come to us with quite good personal values, and we do a fantastic job of destroying them.”A professor at a symposium of HBS.

Although today values occupy a prominent place in people’s mind, in business ethics and behavior of organizations persists some confusion about what these values represent and what role they play in a business relationship with customers or in a leader with his collaborators.

How can those values be achieved either by individuals or by organizations?

We think that the problem is not the consciousness of the people, which is increasingly in tune with the ethical issues, but that is rather how to ensure ethical behavior.

Most of us grew up surrounded by examples and models of well being and wellness with others and those examples will serve as the foundation to what we will be as adults, but in the last stage of our education we are confronted with difficult tests of aptitude of those values.

The pursuit of innovation as a path to sustainability and growth of enterprises can bring some of these clashes between our values and what we do. The problem begins to emerge when guided by certain principles of leadership and management we sublimate what we build.

What is the importance that these values have on innovation?

If in innovation we start with a foundation focused on the individual, therefore on people, we can try to build a platform for organizational behavior, including its values and culture.

The environments where organizations develop are naturally a key point for the analysis and evaluation of these values and to try to assess what role they play in the “health” of organizations.

For example, the leadership of organizations must be attentive to change and the role those younger generations can play in organizations. Future business leaders should take a break when they experience an ethical challenge in order to make decisions more thoughtful.

Or we can think about the social networking environment, which involves any organization, whether it is suited or not for innovation, and that induces a share not only of knowledge desires and expectations leading to co-creation and acceptance of new perspectives of what is right and what is incorrect.

This environment is favorable to the development of innovation, when it becomes aware that there are external ideas as or more valid than the inner ones but also bring with them new values of organization and behavior.

Social networks allow not only the vision of different points of view, individual and organizational, as have a new value – the interactions, or relationships in a dynamic for which we have not had a valuable learning.

Already it is not just an exchange of information. It is trying to realize values when we are receivers and attempting to explain values when we are suppliers.

These interactions require an attitude of openness, empathy and respect, as should happen when we give attention to the information.

Focusing our attention and intention in people easily perceive that value, ethics and principles turns into business value. And it is a value a little more complex, given the nature also complex of interactions. There is a constant connectivity that did not exist in the traditional bilateral relations and this implies the acceptance of plasticity and dynamic nature of relationships.

Seeking to understand a culture of innovation cannot fail to consider that with the connectivity will be born a new culture, richer and thus more able to respond to the needs of people.

The diversity of cultures, geographical differences and new values must be combined and integrated by the players in the innovation process. Value networks are seeking an alignment that can lead to satisfactory results for all touch points.

This is not an easy task, since organizations, partners and consumers do not initially have the same objectives and depart from different reference values. In a world of interactions and connectivity, where innovation is seen as an instrument for the construction of success, where co-creation is an opportunity and with an orientation centered on the needs of consumers, there is a path which interests continue to go.

The real test of a person character is not what they do when faced with adversity, but what they do with power.”

How can we cultivate humility (moral)?