The wisdom of Apes!

The “Three Wise Monkeys” are a traditional Japanese aphorism,  it represents the principle “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.  The current belief is that it incorporates Confucius’s code of conduct using the figure of the monkeys to symbolise our life cycle.

From 2nd to 4th century B.C. China there are a similar phrase: “Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety”.

Despite the fact that there are no clear agreement on what they represent specifically, it is clear that it meaning derives from moral and ethical behaviour and human conducts.  How one goes about one business. The English language  has given us the term “monkey business” related to illegal or felonious activities as we attempt to look into the nature of doing good business, integrity, transparent leadership, sustainability, responsible governance among other themes.

In today’s society people demand total transparency from businesses, independent of which sector or industry they are in, business leaders must be prepared to account for their acts and decisions.

In later posts we will be looking in more depths on the nature of leadership, entrepreneurship, definitions and concepts as well as looking to world leading businesses in how they go about their own business, relate to their stakeholders, level of transparency and so on.

A couple questions to consider:

Can a business be totally good without harming its own self interests? A post from within Google’s own website mentioned this possibility – “check number 6″ 

What if being and doing good affects a company’s own interests, shareholders and possibly survival?  Apple is currently the most valuable company on earth and recently has been under scrutiny from a recent investigative report by BBC’s Panorama program.

See Apple’s response

no monkey business

“Three wise monkeys”

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