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Verfasst am: 04. 02. 2009 [10:35]
Dabei seit: 08.10.2008
Economy in Transition: Promoting a Culture of Responsibility and Trust
Global business and technological advances transform our daily lives as never before in the history of humankind.
As a result, the global world can no longer be managed with the linear thinking that governs the classical theories of economics. We now need a culture that promotes different qualities:
• A sense of Responsibility (R)
• Leaders who serve as living Examples (E) for others
• And a climate of Trust (T) among each other.
R.E.T. is just as difficult to achieve – and just as important – as R.O.I.
Healthy organizations promote a culture of responsibility among their members. Empirical studies (EXAMPLE!) show that an organization has a significantly higher chance to survive in times of crises if it has nurtured that culture of responsibility (R).
How do we recognize the R-factor? Effective leaders take into account the effects their decisions have on society and environment, on people and their culture, on business partners and competitors. They guide their business success in such a way as to promote life – both in their own organization and the surrounding environment.
We are convinced that people in companies are the key to developing a culture that nurtures creativity and enhances value in every respect.
A company is an organism, not a machine. Business success depends on community effort – and to refer to people as “human capital” or “productive factors” devalues the living dynamics that human beings are able to create.
True leaders know that a culture of responsibility relies on trust. The seed bed for personal trust is community where people show respect and operate out of a shared value system as they meet and interact.
Trust can only grow in a safe and dependable environment. It will then foster optimism and entrepreneurial spirit.
Trust removes the fear factor between people, leading to improved cooperation.
A working community based on trust can thus reach business goals more effectively and efficiently.
A culture of trust inevitably traces back to those who manage and lead the company.
Leaders must be examples for others, in such ways as demonstrating character and integrity, conveying a sense of purpose, and standing up for ethical principles. Especially in times when people face confusion and high levels of complexity, leaders must show character. When they dem-onstrate this, trust grows. [EXAMPLE - FOR EXAMPLE, FROM HISTORY.] They inspire others to act in responsible ways. And they always remain conscious of their guiding role in the organization and in society as a whole.
A Place to start
The RET principles of the Blankenese Declaration stem from awareness of the growing complexities in the business world which leaders face.
The RET principles of the Blankenese Declaration are based on empirical studies. They correlate to our Christian identity and our engagement for the good of humanity.
The RET principles form the basis for our conversation with business leaders. They will be differentiated as we go along. They should inspire and motivate to make a difference for the good and health of people in our society.
Contact: Dr. Reiner Blank - ReinerBlank@aol.com mobile: + (0)172 74123454
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