“Roger is a lighthouse, in thick fog, in the middle of a zombie apocalypse”

Richard Watson, author, Digital Vs Human

This book is about thinking; it’s about thinking differently; and it’s about the things we ought to be thinking about. It’s also about our feelings and our intuitions.

Ultimately, it’s about who we are, how we live and work together, and how we confront the challenges we ourselves are creating.

My work as The Corporate Philosopher began when business leaders asked me to help them and their colleagues to think about, debate and decide the right thing to do. It was about ethics. So some of the blogs focus on our moral character, our purpose, on leadership and on culture.

More recently, I have helped people understand systems thinking, which helps us not only understand every part of a system, but the relationships between these parts. For example, systems thinking helps us to understand the relationship between vehicle pollution, respiratory disease and climate change. It also helps us to understand how our behaviour can change when we are at home and when we are at work, because our personal relationships change. We become part of different but connected human systems.

Most recently, I’ve become fascinated by the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) for both good and evil. The ability of an AI system to scan for cancerous tumours more accurately than an experienced oncologist feels good. But using AI to hook us on social media and the mental health issues it can trigger, feels very wrong to me.

This book is neither a beginning nor an end. It’s part of an ongoing train of thought and debate with people like you who want to be Thinking outside the inbox. Thank you for reading this book and do let me know what you think on my LinkedIn.

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“Roger is brilliant in his field and thinks very differently from most.  Therefore expect that he will be ‘mind opening’ to some and ‘deeply challenging’ to others. Directed appropriately, he can add massive value to individuals and organisations.”

Joe Garner, CEO, Nationwide (2016-2022), Openreach (2012-2016) and HSBC UK (2007-2012)

We live in a world where we re constantly told what s right and we re losing the ability to work it out for ourselves. Then we struggle when confronted by a moral dilemma where rules don t tell us what to do, or where what s legal doesn t feel right. Ethicability helps us to decide what s right and then find the courage to do it. It is based on a clear, concise and robust model which combines insights from 3,000 years of moral philosophy and the latest scientific research into human psychology and behaviour. In just 20 questions, ethicability enables us to understand and resolve a wide range of moral dilemmas in a format which has been tried and tested by groups as diverse as investment bankers, health practitioners, and the security services. Ethicability then helps us to find the courage to do the right thing because we now have the confidence that we have made the best decision we can, having considered everyone and everything involved. Deciding what s right doesn t always mean immediate success or even happiness, because life isn t a playground. Ethicability is about being good, doing right, and leaving the world a better place.

“In his excellent book Ethicability, Roger Steare argues for a more sophisticated interpretation of integrity in business. One that is not simply defined by the ethics of obedience, so what is legally right or wrong, but actually looks towards the ethics of care and the ethics of reason.” Martin Wheatley, Chief Executive, Financial Conduct Authority

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We live in a world where we’re constantly told what’s right and we’re losing the ability to work it out for ourselves. From politicians to journalists, from teachers to the boss, we’re told, “do this,” “don’t do that,” “here’s your bonus,” or “you’re fired.” Then we struggle when confronted by a moral dilemma where rules don’t tell us what to do, or where what’s legal doesn’t feel right.