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This is the fourth of a six-part series that examines and explores how we might be able to use our personal and professional values the shape the future. In today’s blog we will explore FAIRNESS. 

Please share what are your perspectives on fairness. How do you apply it to lead and create the future.

The PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct describes responsibility as follows:
“Fairness is our duty to make decisions and act impartially and objectively. Our conduct must be free from competing self-interest, prejudice and favoritism”

Take a minute to write out in your own words what FAIRNESS means to you and how it can be used as a precision tool to shape your future through the new realities of a post-covid-19 world..

In the midst of a crisis, fear of the unknown often provokes people to blame others and lash out at people who look and sound different.

Diversity and inclusion is much more than a legal remedy to social imbalances and bias. In nature the more diversity there is in an ecosystem the more resilient and healthier the system is as a whole.

Fairness begins with being objective about what we do right and wrong.

Fairness is not the same as equality. Equality means giving everyone the same rights and opportunities, regardless of circumstances. Fairness means giving everyone what they deserve.

Fairness is about being balanced, impartial and unbiased. It is about what is right and reasonable in the way we treat ourselves and each other. Fairness arises when we are dealing with differences, how others are treated and how we interpret our own freedom

Some people do not treat themselves fairly. They are overly self-critical, struggle with compliments and take their own good nature or granted. When this happens, they struggle with setting boundaries, do not always know where to say “No” and how to stand in their own power.

The primary step is to uncover our own “unconscious bias”. This requires us to slow down and step back, reflect on our own thinking, decisions and actions. It is also important to seek feedback from people around us, both those we trust but also the ones who we do not have a good relationship, as they may be more willing to challenge us.

How fair are you?

  • What are your conscious and unconscious biases?
  • How do you notice and address unfairness in yourself (self-?
  • How do you notice and address unfairness in others?
  • How do you improve and increase fairness in the teams and organisations you are a part of?

Think for a minute about how you feel when others have been unfair and treated you in an unconsidered way. This is how others feel when you are unfair with them.

It is important to feel what fairness is in your stomach and your skin, and why it is important.

When people say values cannot be measured, they have not asked these hard questions of themselves.

The future is wide open, waiting for us to create it.

We can follow others, or we can be leaders, we can inspire others to lead. How are you going to use your FAIRNESS to create the future of your family, your work and your relationship with yourself?

There are many things that we cannot choose in life, but our most important choices of all, who we are, how we show up, what we stand for and how we create the future through our values – these choices are in our complete control.

Please share in your comments your thoughts on the importance of values, so we can all learn from each other.

How are you going to use FAIRNESS to create the future through the chaos and turbulence of your new realities?


Posted by Kashmir Birk on: June 14, 2020 10:06 PM | Permalink

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Good Article

A challenging subject, especially given that humans tend to be emotional creatures. It can take time before one realizes one's own biases (which we ALL have!).

Thank you Farhan!

Well said Jonathan Lee! It is indeed a challenging subject. It does take time, a lot of silence and self-reflection to step out of our unconscious defensiveness and see through our own biases.

Very interesting., thanks for sharing

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