Every Rule Has an Exception

Doesn’t matter how good the rule is – every rule has an exception.

Rules are useful. They help us figure out how to get things done and they help us know what to expect and give order to our lives.

But rules can also be oppressive and if a rule no longer works or causes harm, it’s time to rethink it.
Obviously – the graphic above is tongue in cheek, but it does make a good point. Don’t be such a stickler for the rules that you ignore important life saving information.

Verifiable Business Ethics

Do your business ethics result in veritably good outcomes?

My friend August Berkshire said, “When it comes to deciding what is ethical behavior, all actions should be based on verifiable consequences.”  I think this is a very good rule to live by.

Ethics are our values. They help us make decisions by helping us to define what a good or bad outcome is. If we don’t based good or bad on – the outcomes, then we risk doing bad things for good reasons.

One of the reasons Humanists focus so much on science based problem solving and reality based problem solving is because we want to make sure our actions are good, not just in intent, but in outcome.

When business leaders talk about metrics, they are talking about verifying outcomes. All I ask is that you add a moral metric to your decision making as well. Is this outcome good, not just in terms of money made, but for the people doing the work and the customers as well.

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Being of Service to Others

Helping others is the heart of Humanism

Humanism is defined by the American Humanist Association as a progressive philosophy of life, that without supernaturalism affirms are ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspires to the greater good of humanity.

While technically “aspiring” to the greater good doesn’t mean doing something to help the greater good, the bit about our ability and responsibility to work towards that makes it clear.  To be a Humanist is to be committed to work for the greater good of humanity.

How do we do this?  Well, you could work on grand large projects that would help humanity. But most of us are just average citizens with average abilities and average financial situations that may or may not allow us to take on big world changing projects.

What we all can do is make a conscious effort to help our friends and neighbors and the people in our communities.

I admit, I’m kind of bad at this myself. I help where I can but as a parent I seem to have way less time than I would like to volunteer to help others.  But I can watch a neighbor’s kid for an afternoon if they need someone to fill in.

Every little bit helps and every little bit makes the world a slightly less miserable place. So if all you can manage is a small act of kindness, do that. We don’t all have to be world changers. Sometimes it is enough to be a life changer.

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