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Ricardo (4s): Hello, everyone. Welcome to the five Minutes PM podcast. Today I'd like to talk about one of the dimensions that I believe is one of the most relevant dimensions of product management. That is ethics. Of course, when you are hearing this, you may think, Oh, Ricardo everybody talks about ethics, but nobody really cares. So what I want to hear in this a couple of minutes, each try to make you understand how relevant is an ethical decision. The first thing that we see today, it's life is becoming like a race. So everybody wants to undertake projects, cheaper, faster, more reliable, but many times the dimension of the ethical side is lagging behind.
Ricardo (50s): Are we using our critical thinking to make honest, respectful, and fairness decisions? So it's not, what is the best for business. Just to give you an example. I was at the, in Davos early this year in one off the biggest topics in our discussions where exactly about where technology will drive us to. So we see brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Minds undertaking massive revolutions on technology. And I heard one of the speakers, sorry, I don't recall the name, but he said that we need to protect this ultra creative and intelligent mindsets from themselves because when becomes limitless the possibilities of technology and innovation.
Ricardo (1m 46s): You need to be very careful on how, how this would impact people's life. How fair is this decision? For example, if you become able to and to manipulate the way, you want the genetic code. So can you create that superhuman? Is this the best use of this kind of knowledge or can I use technology to build something that will lay off millions and millions of people that that would be excluded from the society. Please. I'm not saying that this is not good. Please don't think like that. But I think that we need to decide on an ethical decision framework and PMI last year, tryed too inspire.
Ricardo (2m 34s): Credential holders, in particular, project managers in general, to use this kind of framework when they face a dilemma and look, dilemma is not between what is legal and what is illegal. The difference is a much more subtle. So if it's not very clear, its not like go no go. There is a very big gray between this. So it's not so easy. So if you go to PMI, pmi.org/about/ethics you will find a lot of resources that were put in place by volunteers with a lot of experience on this topic.
Ricardo (3m 16s): And they put some free tools that you can download. I'm not saying a 500 pages, but I'm saying one or two pages that will help you to guide your mindset. And your critical thinking to what is the best for your project. So you can acess before you decide, you can understand that disclosing your dilemma, is a Key aspect of you making an ethical decision, being honest, being fair OK. And being fair, maybe it something that people can analyze in different ways. So because there's a lot of cultural aspects involved on that.
Ricardo (3m 58s): So you need to understand what is the value of ethics in your works, because we are a transformation agents and not a resource that we used a lot on that topic. It's the Institute for global Ethics, it's an NGO, a nonprofit. We have a lot of case studies and they are fantastic. And they're our website is called Global ethics.org. You can download a lot of resource. They have seminar. It's a very interesting resource. So if you are a PMO leader or if you are responsible for creating a career or a track on the project management in your organization, please make sure that you include the ethical component on that.
Ricardo (4m 44s): And ethics is not something that should sit only on legal matters. ethics is above and beyond that. It's how we can engage to build a better future through projects in a responsible way. So I hope you enjoy this podcast and see you next week with another five minutes PM Podcast.