Development Diaries: Issues and Trends in International Development
Diligence
“The Glory in Creating Honey” If you have read my other blogs in 2012, then you know I’m spending the entire year complaining about how shopworn the discussion of “values” has become, with organizations and corporations trumpeting the supposedly remarkable attributes attached to their worldly efforts. In fact, such efforts strike me as an arid […]
Friday, August 10, 2012 11:36:49 AM

Integrity
Every clan has its rituals and code of behavior. This is true of organizations big and small, from a girls softball team to a Rotary Club to any organized religion, and is just as characteristic of unconventional enterprises as it is of mainstream ones. The penalties for violating a code of behavior can be extreme […]
Friday, June 29, 2012 4:35:27 PM

The Virtue of Patience
“Patience is a virtue,” my mother frequently chided her children, the five of us no doubt insisting that we needed something right now – a new bicycle, a snack or a ride to a friend’s house. As a kid, I always wondered what she meant. We all knew that patience was on the list of […]
Friday, May 11, 2012 12:54:15 PM

Values, Virtues and Vampire Squids
Values are everywhere these days, dripping off the pages of corporate annual reports and the subject of earnest discussions in non-profit strategic planning sessions. The World Bank, for example, advertises their core values as “personal honesty and integrity, working together in teams, empowering and respecting others, and enjoying work and family.” Who could find fault […]
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 6:30:21 PM

Taking Values to Heart
Waking up after Tet is like arising on one of those days when you feel full of energy, electrified with possibility, and ready to go out and savor everything the world has to offer. The Vietnamese Lunar New Year is about change and renewal. The old is kissed goodbye, the new embraced, and everyone looks […]
Monday, February 13, 2012 5:40:21 PM

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