Title: Values and the seven deadly sins

Authors: Aleksander Zadel

Addresses: Actual IT d.o.o., Ferrarska ul. 14, 6000 Koper, Slovenia

Abstract: Gurus of modern management speak of the crisis of values. However, it is not values that are undergoing a crisis, but people in their inability to live in compliance with them. What does a manager lack to live as a prey and, conversely, what does a person – manager possess to act as a hunter? The two differ in their respective attitudes towards life. While the former transfers the responsibility for his/her failure on circumstances, the latter personifies his/her own responsibility in the purest form. Any company will become a story of success when it will have achieved a critical mass of hunters. These will not only fight against the disintegration of values, but also become the reference of how to comply with values even in hardest real-life management situations. By then, we will stop asking ourselves how we can avoid the seven deadly sins: we will acquire the knowledge of how to manage them.

Keywords: values; deadly sins; management; responsibility; leadership.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2006.008824

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2006 Vol.3 No.3, pp.264 - 277

Published online: 27 Jan 2006 *

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