During my career, which includes a spectrum of roles: marketing strategist and creative director, corporate communications counselor, sales strategist and trainer… my interest in ethics has always been front and center. But over the years I’ve learned that simple ethics aren’t enough. Not enough for business. Not enough for me, personally. Not enough for the world. We can do better.
We operate by a set of core values at Babacita.
It’s these values I use as my own touch and power points to help individuals, departments and organizations Evolve. Connect. Inspire.
When we grow, truly grow, it can feel like sheer chaos. But with belief in one’s Self, chaos transforms into clarity. Every time.
Through this evolution of mine I keep coming back to the same question. Is being authentically you, not the greatest gift you can give yourself, those around you and the whole of us? Part of the problem is really getting to that authentic Self. We are marred by “should.” What we “should” do. How we “should” act. These are imposed by our parents, relationships, environment and society, and after years and years those become the reality of us. Then, in essence, you lose your Self.
That’s the journey I’ve been on over the past 2 years or so. Beginning with evaluating and reinventing Babacita, my consulting business. But in reality it didn’t take me long to realize that I was evaluating my Self. Discovering my Self. Looking through all the “should” influence, eliminating the haze and clouds and really discovering me. Who was I? What makes me tick? How do I make this world better? Getting back to my authentic Self. Evolve, connect and inspire. Those three little words is John in the most general terms.
And through this journey, which is far from over, there has been much reflection and pain, but also such brilliance. A rebirth of me. Getting back to my childlike innocence and Self that had been lost, but also now with new life experiences that only add to the beauty.
It’s an amazing feeling. My authentic Self is alive and thriving like never before. Stay tuned. This is just the beginning.
I apologize that it’s been a long while since I’ve been here. But as the title suggests, it’s been a time of major transition for me personally while I continue my journey. Perhaps this is all leading up to December 21, 2012 where the Mayan calendar suggests a transition of worlds. One world ending and another beginning. A new world of consciousness, harmony and balance. This would definitely fall in line with my past (almost) two years of rediscovering my authentic Self and really putting into perspective what it means to live a heart-centered life. And though this journey hasn’t been even close to easy, I’d like to thank everyone who has had a role of encouragement, support and love. There are too many to list, but you know who you are. But specifically, I’d like to mention two people specifically that have made a huge impact on me as well as a direct alignment of my own personal and professional direction. Craig Gray of Ronin Empowerment Group and Traci Fenton of WorldBlu.
I won’t go into specifics now, but both with Craig, Traci and their organizations, Babacita has some exciting plans in the works for 2013. I feel like I’m slowly coming out of my hole with a new fire and passion for change. As my tagline suggests – Evolve, Connect, Inspire – that is my direction and who I am.
Ethics are a funny thing. Defined as 1) moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity; and 2) the branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles.
Huh? Still not sure what that means. A couple weekends ago I got the privilege to attend a workshop by Ronin Empowerment Group that featured Jack Hoban of Resolution Group International (RGI) on the subject of the Ethical Warrior. Jack served as a US Marine Corps officer and is a long time practitioner of martial arts. He assisted in the creation of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and remains a subject matter expert for the program. He has led more than 500 workshops and seminars around the world addressing universities, government and private organizations on ethics and martial arts, including the FBI and the NYPD.
A good reminder for all of us and Jack’s definitions definitely outline a clear understanding of the hierarchy of values.
Values – “Things that have an intrinsic worth in usefulness or importance to the possessor,” or “principles, standards, or qualities considered worthwhile or desirable.”
• Relative values – Values shared by some people, some of the time (sporting team fans).
• Life value – Shared by everyone – life (the first inalienable right).
• Moral values – Moral values are relative values that support life and respect the Dual Life Value of self and (all) others. (honor, courage, commitment, love, integrity, justice, charity, truth, freedom, dependability, knowledge, unselfishness, loyalty)
To be moral, the relative value must respect the Life value of self and (all) others. The Life value of self and others is the “true north” of the moral compass. We can orient ourselves using the Life value during times of moral confusion.
Most people already have a sense of morality, but sometimes morals can be obscured or trumped by our emotions and/or strong relative values. Rather than “taught,” morality can be clarified then “activated” through: lessons in context, values stores, shared adversity and leadership.
Ethics are moral values in action.
A person who knows the difference between right and wrong – and chooses the right – is moral. A person whose morality is reflected in their willingness to do the right thing – even if it is hard or dangerous – is ethical.
Think of the bully on the playground. Where does your compass point you?
Each one of us are faced with moral and ethical dilemmas each and every day, ranging in scale, but nonetheless important. Keep in mind that ethics are moral values in action, which always support the universal life value.
Throughout my career, predominantly made up of marketing agencies, corporate communications and consulting, the primary driver of ethics was always front and center. But over the years I’ve learned that simple ethics aren’t enough. Not enough for business. Not enough for me personally. Not enough for the world. We can do better.
I heard this said the other day after an injustice “It’s just business, Kelly… It’s just business.” Bullshit. Businesses running with that mindset are dinosaurs. Those days are long gone and if they aren’t evolving (quickly), they will be left behind. We are entering the democratic age and business now is shifting to the heart. Loyalty, productivity, talent attraction and retention, creativity and innovation, customer preference, community and the bottom line. It’s the right thing to do on every level.