“All human beings are necessarily products of their environment” – Burrhus Fredic Skinner, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
The above statement by Skinner, though true, implies a limitation: that human beings are limited by what they know. Indeed, what they know, and that which limits them, is derived from the socio-economic, cultural and political interactions they have within their specific environments. But it is also true to say that of all living things on the planet, human beings constitute that species which has the ingrained ability to constantly overcome these apparent limitations – through the effective use of intelligence – and herein lies the key point our topic of discussion attempts to answer:
It is my thinking that at the heart of effective decision-making lies the question of intelligence, that rational ability all human beings use to overcome their natural limitations so as to aspire toward greater levels of intelligibility and hence higher strategic clarity. The process of overcoming Skinnner’s environmental constraints, I suggest, necessarily involves engaging a varied number of ‘intelligencies’ – and by implication their related range of experiences – using these as strategic building blocks during the decision-making process to access higher levels of intelligibility. Continue reading
As a ‘diversity professional’, some may question the reasons for engaging the chosen topic as it may appear to inadvertently question the very profession I have chosen as my area of expertise – which ultimately puts bread and butter on my table every day. Indeed, given reported cuts to the ‘diversity agenda’, diversity training programs, coupled with the fact that a good number of diversity jobs were amongst those cut off the back of restructuring programs in response to prevailing economic conditions, should this be a topic that we address at this time given clear sensitivities??
I think so. Indeed, the demise of diversity managers as explained above, itself serves as the precise reason for taking a step back to reflect on what may have gone wrong with regard the actual value organisations perceive diversity brings, which may have lead to the cutbacks in the diversity profession, and by implication, its initiatives and key services.
But before proceeding, there may be a need to address a key aspect of this question: What is the ‘21st century organisation’? What does it look like and what are its prevailing needs?
The 21st century organisation is symptomatic and characteristic of the following post-modern realities: Continue reading
With the forthcoming Easter celebrations (and the 11 day bank holiday kicking in this week in view of the Royal Wedding – thank you and indeed congrats Will and Kate!), I spontaneously began thinking about Religion and Belief and thought it interesting to look at the various world belief systems across board that form an essential part of who we are as ‘groups’ of people and individuals. So…
Did you know that??
- The approximate Christian world population is 2.1 billion (about one-third of the total population of the planet)
- The approximate Muslim world population is 1.5 billion
- The approximate Non-religious/Agnostic/Atheistic world population is 1.1 billion
- The approximate world population practising Sikhism is 23 million
- The approximate Buddhist world population is 376 million
- The approximate Hindu world population is 900 million
- The approximate Jewish world population is 14 million
- The approximate world population practising Neo-Paganism is 1 million
- The approximate world population practising Rastafarianism is 600,000
- The approximate world population practising Scientology is 500,000
Did you also know that the top 10 world’s most populated countries (taken from the US Census Bureau, International Data Base) ranked in order are rated thus:
- China – with a population of 1,323,591, 583 (has 1/5 of the world’s people)
- India – 1.156,897,766
- The US – 307,212,123
- Indonesia – 240,271,522
- Brazil – 198,739,269
- Pakistan – 174,578,558
- Bangladesh – 156,050,883
- Nigeria – 149,229,090
- Russia – 140,041,247
- Japan – 127,078,679
What are the implications of these statistics for…?
Just some thoughts for you to think about as we celebrate Easter; a word which itself is derived from a variety of cultural and religous traditions (Paganism, Judaism and Christianity), and which as a consequence doesn’t just symbolise the Christian celebration of the death and life of the historical man called Jesus, but which from a diversity viewpoint, pulls together the dynamism of the human spirit, regardless of particular religious beliefs, convictions or peoples…