Best Summer Ever: Day 53
Give Your Gut the Credit it Deserves
The July/August issue of Fast Company reports on a fascinating study conducted in our own backyard -- by the University of Toronto's Chen Bo-Zhong, Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resoruce Management at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Business.
Zhong discovered that people who rely on emotion as well as reason tend to behave more ethically than those who rely on reason alone.
Now here's the kicker: because we've been taught to be wary of people who trust their emotions, we tend to put our faith in leaders who rule by reason (even though they may be less compassionate and engage in what Zhong describes as "morally questionable behaviors" that favor "tangible monetary outcomes").
I think it's worth spending this summer day thinking -- and talking to our kids -- about what our gut feeling has to teach us about ethics and decision-making; and how important it is to balance facts with intuition (that compass-for-living that we gain as a result of accumulated life experience) when we go about making our own decisions.