There is scepticism regarding the role of values in business. Values are at best implemented as checklists and codes of conduct and not as a fundamental way of enhancing stakeholder well-being, including employees, customers, vendors and the larger ecosystem. Organizations take note of values only when instances of ethical malpractices surface—be it financial, gender-based, intellectual property and so on. Values bring out the best in individuals, teams and the organization by establishing a strong foundation for actions and interactions. Right from improving the effectiveness of day-to-day meetings to creating a culture of creativity and innovation, values form the substratum for every aspect and functioning of the organization. This book establishes a strong rationale for instilling values in business organizations by demonstrating how values are the foundation for excellence, productivity, creativity, quality and for creating a stress-free work environment. By presenting experiences, challenges, inspirations and conflicts regarding values, the book will help employees at all levels strengthen their conviction regarding values at the workplace. Addressing managers at all levels and the leadership, the book pragmatically discusses how to build and nurture a values-based culture in the organization. The authors examine the subject of values from the point of view of each individual’s personal journey, and finally delve into the crucial topic of values-based leadership, which is indispensable for a culture of values

Embracing Diversity
Embracing diversity

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While gender diversity is a very important issue today, be it in the case of politics or in the case of business organizations or other institutions, much of this chapter addresses another crucial matter.

In recent years, technology has made enormous progress to support individuals with disabilities. As shared by Dr Chieko Asakawa (an inventor and IBM fellow who has been blind since the age of 14) in her TED talk, technology has helped her in navigating the path without assistance, recognizing people and their expressions and so on. Of course, some of these are still in developmental stages. She referred to her area of research as ‘cognitive assistance’.

As we recognize the fact that humankind is making technological advancements in the area ...

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