How Shopify’s Support Team Puts Trust at the Core of Its Operation

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With trust at the core, organizations can replace the external stick with a far-reaching sense of purpose and achieve a more lasting commitment. As many organizations stick to remote work or hybrid models, questions about what type of organizational…

The Hot News of Union Battles at Big Corporations Is Good for the Labor Movement

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We could be on the cusp of a new labor relations order, spurred in large part by increased media and public interest generated by these high-profile campaigns. Union drives have suddenly become hot news. In a closely watched Nov. 29,…

The Promise and Perils of Life Lived Online

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The pandemic has immersed us faster and deeper in immersive communication technologies. It’s a disrupted, confusing, sometimes exhausting world—but shifting both the tech and our expectations might make it a better one. I am sitting…

Rachel Ruttan on Business’ Role in Eroding Sacred Values

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https://youtu.be/p-eb8L57CJk In this conversation with Ethical Systems, Brian Gallagher speaks with Rachel Ruttan about her recent paper, "Instrumental Use Erodes Sacred Values." Across seven studies, she and her colleague probed the effects…

The Psychological Cost of Companies Sounding Ethical for Money

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What happens to sacred values when people or groups look to promote or advance them for tangible gain? In Star Wars Han tells Leia, after rescuing her from execution, “Look, I ain’t in this for your revolution and I’m not in it for…

Adam Grant on the Business Culture of Lies, Narcissists, and Ego in HBO’s “Succession”

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYTnkZxwGEY In this episode of the Succession podcast, host Kara Swisher speaks with Adam Grant about what happens when a culture of lies, narcissists, and ego is fueled by a demanding and demeaning boss. Adam…

The Cultural Factors That Are Helping Companies Retain Talent

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While many organizations are busy purpose-washing to create the illusion of meaning, genuinely purposeful organizations embed solidarity right into management practices. According to the US Department of Labor, September posted a record-high…

Why Banning Financing for Fossil Fuel Projects in Africa Isn’t a Climate Solution

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When it comes to carbon dioxide emissions, sub-Saharan Africa is collectively responsible for barely half a percent of all global emissions over time. Today’s global energy inequities are staggering. Video gamers in California…

A Philosopher’s Toast to Getting Drunk

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Drunk is filled to the brim with references to the workplace. According to author Edward Slingerland, appreciating alcohol’s ancient roots can help us think more clearly about what role drinking should play in our professional lives.  As…

Combatting Bullshit in the Workplace

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Listen to "#31 - Combatting Bullshit in the Workplace" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Ian McCarthy about the many faces of bullshit—how it’s different from lies, the harmless and harmful…