Competition – or Cooperation? When companies merge, or when one company acquires another, the aim is to integrate the two into one unified entity as quickly as possible. The problem is that often, this doesn’t happen. There is competition, resentment and rivalry and the two fail to unite. The problem is how to prevent this so that there is a successful integration of the employees of the two companies so that they take pride in the new merged company.
A Facebook page honouring road crash victims may lead to the prosecution of the privileged perpetrator who caused the crash – who may otherwise have escaped. This is contrasted with the guilty verdict against Moshe Katsav of Israel and the importance of a corruption free justice system.
Wikileaks’ release of thousands of confidential and secret US documents has raised the question of the ethics of whistle-blowing and whether Wikileaks should have published the material. The hysteria surrounding the leaks, and the calls for punishment by Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and others suggest a lack of perspective – especially as the leaks happened due to poor security.
Managers need to encourage diversity within their businesses. The biblical story of the Tower of Babel teaches how failure to allow differences of opinion can lead to plans going awry.
Last year I wrote a blog entry on leadership. That entry was based on an idea expressed by Rabbi Mendel Lew, and given in one of his weekly synagogue sermons. Today Rabbi Lew gave another sermon which I think has implications for management. The topic was a strange verse in the Book of Genesis just prior to the creation of Adam’s wife, Eve. Genesis chapter 2 verse 18 is generally translated from the original Hebrew as follows: God said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a compatible helper for him’. Two verses later (verse 20) the same idea comes up. The man named every livestock animal and bird of the sky, as well as all the wild beasts. But the man did not find a helper who was compatible for him. The Hebrew words “ezer kenegdo” are translated as compatible helper or similar variations …
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