values

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, students, thinking, belief, dogmatism, orthodoxy, reasoning, enlightenment, values, principles, and culture

How many students who make it into the liberal arts and into philosophy classes still only manage to comprehend the content of these courses dogmatically, as simplisms to "believe"? Instead of grasping principles and values and an aristic ethos of clarity, they still only hear what pleases and flatters them: they grasp in Socrates or Plato the "countercultural" overtones that enable them to shower abuse on the diseased culture of their parents or peers, but they don't grasp at all the overwhelming obligation for themselves not to lie in orthodoxy's bed of sloth. They substitute, as opinionizers and slaves will do, one orthodoxy for another, imagining that the processes of "enlightenment" will change only the matter they think about and not the form of their own activity in reasoning. 

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Kevin Kelly on flux, business, and values

Preserve the core, and let the rest flux. In their wonderful bestseller Built to Last, authors James Collins and Jerry Porras make a convincing argument that long-lived companies are able to thrive 50 years or more by retaining a very small heart of unchanging values, and then stimulating progress in everything else. At times "everything" includes changing the business the company operates in, migrating, say, from mining to insurance. Outside the core of values, nothing should be exempt from flux. Nothing.

Kevin Kelly

Source: New Rules for the New Economy, Pages: Chapter 8

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Bill George on leadership, values, mission, and vision

The leader’s job today, in 21st-century terms, is not about gaining followership. Followership is an outmoded notion. Leadership starts with gaining alignment with the mission and values of the organization: What are we about? What do we believe as a group? Goldman Sachs, where I serve on the board, has achieved solid alignment around its mission: “The clients’ interests always come first.” At Medtronic, we aligned around the idea of “allevi­ating pain, restoring health, and ex­tending life.” It was clear that anyone who didn’t buy into that could work somewhere else.

Bill George

Source: The Thought Leader Interview: Bill George: http://www.strategy-business.com/press/article/07409

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Herb Kelleher on southwest airlines, genuine, values, different, and differences

People with different personalities, different approaches, different values succeed not because one set of values or priorities is superior but because their values and practices are genuine. 

Herb Kelleher

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A Quote by Yvon Chouinard on business, values, conscious capitalism, conscious business, patagonia, environment, and sustainability

I took a dozen of our top managers to Argentina, to the windswept mountains of the real Patagonia, for a walkabout. In the course of roaming around those wild lands, we asked ourselves why we were in business and what kind of business we wanted Patagonia to be. A billion-dollar company? Okay, but not if it meant we had to make products we couldn’t be proud of. And we discussed what we could do to help stem the environmental harm we caused as a company. We talked about the values we had in common, and the shared culture that had brought everyone to Patagonia, Inc., and not another company.

Yvon Chouinard

Source: Patagonia: Let My People Go Surfing: http://www.patagonia.com/usa/patagonia.go?assetid=5625

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A Quote by Yvon Chouinard on business, conscious business, conscious capitalism, ethics, values, and philosophy

While our managers debated what steps to take to address the sales and cash-flow crisis, I began to lead week-long employee seminars in what we called Philosophies. We’d take a busload at a time to places like Yosemite or the Marin Headlands above San Francisco, camp out, and gather under the trees to talk. The goal was to teach every employee in the company our business and environmental ethics and values.

Yvon Chouinard

Source: Patagonia: Let My People Go Surfing: http://www.patagonia.com/usa/patagonia.go?assetid=5625

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, values, virtue, and delusion

Every principle or virtue or form of intelligence and insight is always liable to peripeteia, i.e. to an utter reversal in value-polarities:  "freedom," "rationality," and all other banausically graspable and desirable "goods-in-abstracto" inevitably and eventually slue around to become malignancies, mind-eating and personality-snuffing cancers and obsessions.  Contrary to the delusions of Christian fideism and authoritarianism, values are inherently incapable of being presented or comprehended in an ABSOLUTE form:  a malignant or delusive mentality, a malformed personality or character, can SUBVERT anything-and of course conceal from itself utterly that it itself has such a warpage or privation.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Bill George on leadership, mission, values, and organization

The leader’s job today, in 21st-century terms, is not about gaining followership. Followership is an outmoded notion. Leadership starts with gaining alignment with the mission and values of the organization: What are we about? What do we believe as a group? Goldman Sachs, where I serve on the board, has achieved solid alignment around its mission: “The clients’ interests always come first.” At Medtronic, we aligned around the idea of “allevi­ating pain, restoring health, and ex­tending life.” It was clear that anyone who didn’t buy into that could work somewhere else.

Bill George

Source: The Thought Leader Interview: Bill George: http://www.strategy-business.com/press/article/07409

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Bill George on true north, values, shareholders, mission, and vision

Your “true north” cannot be redirected by external pressures. Once you start trying to satisfy one shareholder, you’ll have to deal with another shareholder with a different point of view. Same with board members and all your other constituencies. If you allow yourself to be pulled off course, you’re going to destroy your enterprise.

You have to stay a step ahead. You have to say, “This is what we stand for. This is a long-term growth company. It will give you great long-term returns, because we perform very well. Are you interested? If you’re not, you may want to put your investment somewhere else.” I’m not saying that you have to dismiss your shareholders or your board. But you must remember who you are and what your com­pany is.

Bill George

Source: The Thought Leader Interview: Bill George: http://www.strategy-business.com/press/article/07409

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, politicians, values, conscience, conformism, and principles

In late modernity we grow more and more accustomed to politicians and public figures who are indebted to their appetites for their "values," to their intellectual sloth for their "principles," to their rhetorical cleverness for their "conscience," and to their regimented conformism for their "philosophy."

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

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