The term moral compass has been in the news a bit lately. First in relation to our handling of David Hicks and more recently in terms of politicians and their behaviour. Then I read the term in a book yesterday about IT startups, one founder talked about his moral compass. For reasons I won’t go into here it’s something which has been on my mind for a while and so these recent references spoke to me.
Last night, doing some research online, I discovered moralcompass.org, a website which “examines the impact of competitive self-interest (as pervasively promoted by market-based economic theory) on our traditional idea of a moral compass”. This site is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to research morals particularly in a business context. The survey at the website is particularly enlightening.
It can be challenging business because you’re in a world where certain behaviour is essential to survive – especially if you’re in a small business competing with big business. It can be compelling to check your morals at the entrance to the stadium. But then you end up as bad as the politicians who are so rightly pilloried for their ‘flexible’ morals.
The moral compass website is a good and timely find.