What are ethics, why have them?

This week we focused on utilising our collaboration skills via exercises based around the subject of teams, groups and ethics. We were asked to discuss and answer a series of questions within the groups at our tables. Afterward, we split off into our teams to produce a new team ‘code of conduct’ that reflected which ethical practices, behaviours and traits we desire to exercise throughout the year ahead. It was really good getting into discussions with our table groups; we got to hear what each person thought would be positive and negative traits to have within a team in the professional world. We gathered our ideas together and made an initial chdrode of conduct to which we placed up on Moodle. After a bit more discussion, we broke off into our teams  so that we could collaborate alongside one another with the white boards as our paper. I thought this was a really enjoyable exercise due to the fact that we were exercising some of our desired ethics such as listening to one another, sharing ideas, taking turns to write up on the board, and celebrating our team by working to create a code of conduct that we all agreed upon. It was fascinating to go through all of the teams afterward; you could see many commonalities within each individual group, thus proving that there are certain ethics within our culture that are desired and considered important in order to function successfully.

Here are my answers to todays exercises:

What does ethics mean? 
  • Ethics consist of a set of moral codes or principles that determine ones behaviour toward themselves, their peers and environment/society.
  • There is no singular set of ethics to abide by, for ethics will likely change according to that of ones cultural and societal influences.
“We can have a fist or we can have a hand- its about intention..”
– John Eyles
It really is about application- how we choose to use a certain thing or idea etc. Will it be for the greater good? Will it benefit ourselves and others around us? Do we choose to cause harm, at what cost? And so on…there are commonalities that stand amongst humanity; such as cheating, lying, stealing…these things are most commonly seen as unethical practices and traits throughout most worldwide societies.
Examples of unethical behaviour…”not morally correct”
  • It is unethical to plagirase and or cheat a test…
  • It is unethical to claim another person’s work as your own…
What is a team? How is a team different from a group?
  • A team is a set of individuals working together to solve a common problem or goal.
  • A group is a set of individuals gathered together in any given area, for a common reason, but are not working together to solve any issue.

Examples of a team and group could be:

Team: A set of people working onboard a sailing yacht; their common goal is to cross the finish line. Group: A gathering of people at tuck shop, lined up to order food.

What are some traits a high performing team would consist of? 
Individuals who are experts in their field, yielding skills, knowledge and working together to bring one another toward the final common goal. Communicating excellently and expertly; listening, processing information. Asking questions to overcome obstacles.
What about ethical practices for our own teams within this class?
My vision of a team that works would be that we each would communicate our ideas and processes with one another, and allow for each team member to have the time to communicate their thoughts without interruption by other members. This would mean that each team member is and feels valued by one another.

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