Cultivating Organizational and Managerial Wisdom

Determining the ultimate purpose of our strategic deliberations

Life seems to have run amok. In our incessant desire for more and our often single-minded efforts to create and amass wealth, many modern governments and businesses have participated in spoiling waterways, burning-out employees, and dirtying the air. The extent of this madness is so great that, for example, in Beijing, they have erected enormous television screens so passersby can watch virtual sunrises as a replacement for the natural ones now completely blocked out by smog.

Nobody in their right mind would ever engineer a global economy that produces a world that looks like the one we’ve inadvertently designed. Yet here we are. As a species we humans have proven ourselves masterful at being shrewd, cunning, and resourceful in our efforts to create wealthy economies, but weak in applying wisdom in an effort to create healthy economies.

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Dr. Jamie Gruman

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Dr. Jamie Gruman is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the University of Guelph’s College of Business and Economics. He specializes in human sustainability and productivity in the workplace, and recently published the book, Boost.

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