Saturday, 20 August 2016

#22 in C-Suitism is Relativism

 #22 in CSuitism is Relativism.
It is (philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that all criteria of judgment are relative to the individuals and situations involved.
Relativism is the belief that there's no absolute truth, only the truths that a particular individual or culture happen to believe. If you believe in relativism, then you think different people can have different views about what's moral and immoral.
Understandably, relativism makes a lot of people uncomfortable. Is it morally okay for some cultures to have slaves, for example? Cultural relativists might argue yes. Einstein, in particular, caused a lot of problems with his Theory of Relativity that stated that even time and space were relative concepts depending on where an observer happened to be. 
For the C Suite Member the word " Ethical Relativism" makes more sense.  It is Defined as: A tendency to makeethical choices only on the basis of what looks right orreasonable according to one's own belief or value system. In Corporate life the Value system comes at the core of business and it is rarely flexible. Those who work for a Corporate are expected to live by the Rules and Regulations and Codes of Conduct many of which originate from the Ethics and Values (Ethical Relativism) and the wisdom of the Founders and their beliefs. 
This often leads to  to Cross-cultural issues in a Global organisation a MultiNational Corporation, more so in a UniCorn organisation which has seen a extraordinary growth in a short time. 
Use ethical relativism in a sentence
  • I disagreed with ethical relativism because I feel that deep down, truth is something shared by all humans and not based on culture.
  • If you want your business to have a good reputation in the community make sure to try and follow a strict ethical relativism.
  • The ethical relativism was appalling in our multinational contemporaries. We suggested they upgrade their cultural operating system to understand what was going on.
One final and very important Definition is given below:

ethical relativism definition

In ethics, the belief that nothing is objectively right or wrong and that the definition of right or wrong depends on the prevailing view of a particular individual, culture, or historical period.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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(Of course, you might argue that relativism itself is a belief only a certain individual or culture happens to believe in. Tough stuff, philosophy.)
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