On the Ethics of "The Whole Enchilada"
For the last several months we have been working on Market 70 - an intentional, integrated approach to moving from being merely a "Christian organization" to being transformational in one's sphere of influence. Of course, ethics is one of the topics on the agenda and we are building it into a module called "Excellence in Process." As in teaching anything, we, ourselves continue to learn.
What are we learning? Ethics is clearly NOT a separate process to be dealt with in an organization. Rather, it is part of the whole. It touches and is touched by every other thing we do. This isn't really news to anyone who's familiar with ethics, but it does affect how we approach building or evolving our organizations. Unless we lead with ethics in mind, every other process will eventually fall short of its full potential contribution to the whole. Ethics is the basis for quality, relationships, viability, transparency, strategy, etc.
Our linear way of thinking places "ethics" in a list of things to deal with, but in actuality, ethics drives our entire organization. Being consciously "ethical" is the key to excellence throughout "the whole enchilada."