[Advice] Ethical One-Way Streets

The European High Court handed down their opinion dubbed the “right to be forgotten.”

What’s missing in all of the subsequent debate occurring around issue of privacy versus censorship,  is the very real issue about a lack of organizational (read “Googles’”) ethical dealing.

Organizations are seeking honest, fair, reliable, benevolent partners who will commit themselves to the relationship and prove trustworthy. In other words, they seek ethical partners.”

Organizations seek ethical

  • partners
  • employees
  • vendors
  • customers
  • clients
  • and audiences

who will deal fairly—and transparently—in the public commons space of the pro-social spheres that we have created.

However, when asked to engage in the same trustworthy behavior, (read “providing individuals the benefit of the doubt, forgiveness and grace about their messy histories”) they balk.

And then organizations wonder why individuals—who only build real, lasting relationships based on genuine trust, collaboration, ethical dealing and just plain enjoyment of each others’ company—balk at having their every move monitored, recorded and then used against them later.

Doesn’t sound like the thinking that leads to the behavior that will sow the seeds of peace to us.

-Peace Be With You All-

Jesan Sorrells, MA
Principal Conflict Engagement Consultant
Human Services Consulting and Training (HSCT)
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Guest Blogger Larry Wolverton: We Can’t Take It With Us

We have had many guest bloggers in the last two months here on the HSCT Communication Blog.
Our first guest blogger, Larry Wolverton, Change Maker & Chief Connector at Top Tier Liaison & Conflict Resolution Services in Arizona, has returned to the friendly confines to provide us with another round of his wisdom and insights.
Top Tier focuses on developing communication around change in businesses and organizations through the use of analyses, methodology and a multidisciplinary approach to communication between employees and management.
 Larry has multiple years of experience in education and with healthcare start-ups as well as international experience that he brings to the conflict engagement and communication table.
Connect with them through their website at https://www.toptiercommunicators.com/Home.html
Working in hospice for the past several years has provided me with a new perspective about life. As we move from this world and our body is no longer functional we become aware that even as we are about to experience the greatest loss we can imagine, we also cannot take any of our possessions, friends, or family across that veil that separates the life we have known to that unknown world we are about to enter.  So what is the most important thing we can create that will last beyond our own mortality?  I feel, after hearing the stories I hear as people recount their lives and achievements, that all we can do is leave behind a legacy of caring, love, and a world a little more comfortable for our kids, grand-kids, and great grand-kids.
As I enter the twilight of my life and watch people die the age of my children, I know that it is important that the message be delivered now that no matter how old you are, life is short and that legacy can be created in a short time by learning to love the unlovable, care about the uncaring, and sharing with those who are too afraid to share.  How can we do this?  It is quite simple, live as if there is no tomorrow and only today counts.
So the question I ask myself every morning before my feet hit the floor is how can I make today the day I learn the secret to overcoming my personal shortcomings long enough to really understand those who I don’t understand now? The secret, I think now, is that we all have the same ability to hurt, react poorly, be selfish, and in the same life care more about another more than ourselves. Can we connect with the humanity in all of us, even when the surface impression is that a person doesn’t possess humanity?   Only we can answer that question for ourselves, but it is a good question to ponder and consider as we move through our day, a day that counts.
It is important that what we leave behind is greater than ourselves, because we really can’t take it with us.
-Peace Be With You All-
Jesan Sorrells, MA
Principal Conflict Engagement Consultant
Human Services Consulting and Training (HSCT)
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