Listen with no thought of replying

17th April 2019By Ruth SEffective Ethical Culture, Thoughts

Some thoughts from one of my recent workshops… Try to be fully present without judgment. Listen with an open mind; focus on what the person is saying, not on how you are going to respond. Remember that everyone has his or her own separate reality. What might that mean for listening? Try listening to a … Read More

Three insights from the World Economic Forum

30th January 2019By Michael AmbjornThoughts

Guest blog by Michael Ambjorn – following the annual Davos circus from afar, a few quick take-aways: Don’t miss the elephant(s) in the room Hannibal famously crossed the Alps with elephants. I’m fairly sure that he didn’t go through Davos. Yet, that’s not to say that the assembled leaders didn’t miss a few elephants nevertheless. Well, … Read More

Video killed the radio star – but can it help you think about ethics?

10th December 2018By Ruth SEthical Business Practice, Ethics Ambassadors, Thoughts

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a viewing of ICAEW’s new short film. It is called Without Question and sets out to: provide an impactful and interesting way to highlight the challenges of directors and professional advisors seeking assurance on difficult issues… icaew.com/learning-and-development/icaew-educational-films/without-question  It does what it says on the tin. If you’re … Read More

What we’re reading now

1st October 2018By Ruth SThoughts, What we're reading

An excerpt from AretéWork Quarterly – sign up here to receive the next issue. Behaviour and Culture in the Irish Retail Banks issued by the Central Bank of Ireland and written in collaboration with the DNB (De Nederlandsche Bank). The report focuses on culture at the senior levels of the 5 largest Irish banks, particularly in … Read More

New Board Effectiveness Guidance from the Financial Reporting Council

30th July 2018By Ruth SEthical Business Practice, Ethical Business Regulation, Thoughts

AretéWork whole-heartedly welcomes the new Guidance for boards and board committees from the Financial Reporting Council. The guidance covers a lot of ground. In this brief post we’ll focus on one key element in the guidance: “The workforce will be a vital source of insight into the culture of the company.” We agree with this, and … Read More

What we’re reading now

6th July 2018By Ruth SThoughts, What we're reading

Firms of Endearment – ‘How world-class companies profit from passion and purpose’. FCA Discussion Paper Transforming Culture in Financial Services – a compendium of essays on the subject, relevant to all sectors Regulating for Ethical Culture in Behavioral Science & Policy – “In ‘Regulating for ethical culture,’ Linda Trevino, Jon Haidt & Azish Filabi review … Read More