All entries for December 2005

December 16, 2005

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I am leaving the UK for 2 weeks, so I would like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New year to everyone, and especially for the students of EEE stream.

As for me, even I am going on a holiday with my family, study related books is the main content of my luggage – the plan must be performed!

Anyway, good luck to everyone and see you next year!


December 06, 2005

However being ethical is becoming beneficial

Follow-up to Ethics and Business from Vladislav's blog

Oil-rich Norway hires philosopher as moral compass – interesting isn't it?
I have to add that quite similar discussions about the same question now are very popular in Russia, which is also has a huge oil fund. Oil-rich Norway hires philosopher as moral compass – interesting isn't it?

In Russia, which also has a huge oil fund, the same question (about ethical investments of this money ) is being debated very actively. It looks that after a while some philosophers may have quite good job prospects ..

Vladislav Romashov –


The place where plans go … (sometimes)

On Sunday I created a beautiful plan for the next week and fro December. Three hours later the hard drive of my computer said last good bye to me and wished a long life to every one. In other words, all the information I stored there was lost. As you may guest, I had many quite useful things there and my sadness was really beyond all the boundaries one could imagine, but one thing was especially terrible to loose – statistics PMW that was ready for submission. To be polite I am not posting here all the words I said about it, the majority of these words were in Russian and I have to say that my language probably one of the most powerful languages in such a case. Moreover, I did not forget some English expressions that I found quite appropriate for this moment.

However, as a result I am struggling with statistics PMW and learning how to use OpenOffice suit, because MS Office was lost as well….

The question is – could you offer me a place where I can store my beautiful plan. All proposals will be considered …


December 02, 2005

My learning points

I’d like to share my learning points that I’ve gained from the LE module:

1)I used to underestimate the level of significance of leadership component in a company life. I understood that this is a big mistake. Leadership may be the most important ingredient of any busyness.
2)Leadership is not only inherited natural traits it may be developed.
3)In a busyness context Leadership implies many professional skills and abilities, it is almost a profession.
4)Leadership concept is very important to bear in mind not only in a busyness context but wherever context I can think about.


December 01, 2005

Better than nothing …

Follow-up to Ethics and Business from Vladislav's blog

One addition – the Society Results from EFQM excellence model bring in your basket only 6% of your winning points …

Ethics and Business

I personally believe that we (or our children or grandchildren) will eventually live in a perfect world. However, my observations that I have made by now do not tend to support vigorously that believe. The reason I am talking about is that today we have been discussing CSR and ethics issues in business. My personal opinion is close to Philip’s point of view: yes, people may say that ethics and CSR is a good thing, but when the time to make money related decision comes the majority choose the most profitable investments or the cheapest products, even being aware that these products have been done unethically ( this is a very polite word, actuaaly). It is sad, but this is the world we live in.

The key issue may be that there must be a critical mass of people to make some ideas come true. Even the most perfect and sound ideas need to be supported by enough people to become the common thread things. I was a witness of falling may be the greatest ideas about the perfect world – when the USSR was breaking into pieces and all the transformation started happening with my country. That happened may be because of our leaders who were not efficient enough. May be the goals they proposed were unrealistic (who knows what could have happened if Gorbachev had been aware of Hoshin Kanri). But my opinion is that the society was not ready to build a perfect world. Our society was not ready to live quite poorly for a long time for the sake of the following generations – that is it failed.

Quite similar things happen now in western world – we do not care how they achieved these prices, but we buy these goods here because it is beneficial for our wallets. People are not ready to scarify a certain percent of their income in order to support companies that do things ethically. The positive news is that there are some people who care and who make their choices consciously in favour ethic companies. However the unethical companies will be flourishing unless the critical mass of these people arise. And we can hardly expect that this happen soon, because the ethical companies being in unethical environment (which is the case know, to be honest) experience the same things as a ethical person in unethical environment – they tend to have a tough time.


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