Values are the principles or standards of behaviour; one’s judgement of what is important in life.
To achieve the greatest degree of contentment and happiness we need to live by the natural human values i.e. those which are consistent with our nature.
Timeless Values for Today is an attempt to remind us about these natural values
About Timeless Values
Integrity, Service & Silence
Natural Human Values
Natural human values are held dear in the heart of all human beings. All traditions, secular and spiritual, acknowledge these values, sometimes called virtues, and provide guidance on their importance and how to live by them.
Apply Natural Values in How We Think; Relate to Others; and Act in Life.
In our daily activities, there are three material aspects of our being that are continually engaged; our mind, our emotions and our physical body. How we use these faculties will influence the quality of our access to the fourth dimension, our spiritual being. It is my strong belief that if we live natural human values in the performance of daily activities, we will achieve a high degree of peace, happiness and love, which will manifest naturally in guiding us to serve the common good. This is the universal Golden Rule in practice.
How We Think
We should establish a stable and balanced state of mind when making decisions. What is needed is a decision-making process based on a mindful awareness that enables you to remain calm and still within. To concentrate in order to be clear about your motives and the guiding principle that should be used as the basis for the decision. Key values in this realm are: stillness/inner silence; self-control and calmness.
We need to be clear about the vision, values and long-term, sustainable objectives of our work. One of the defining traits of a full productive life is a dedication to the service of other people through the proper fulfilment of our duties. The relevant values are: service, duty/responsibility and perseverance.
We need to be free from excessive desires, habitual reactions and claims for success or failure. We all have acquired certain habits and fixed expectations, that if mechanically followed can limit our response to the real needs of the moment. Useful values here include: consistency, temperance/moderation, detachment.
How We Relate to Others
We should establish and maintain a harmonious environment for all activities with other people. Crucial to the personal efficiency, motivation and satisfaction, is a positive atmosphere, where mutual respect and an active concern for the needs of other people prevails. Such an environment puts more emphasis on ‘we’ than on ‘me’. Co-operation; respect; and compassion are values that help create fine harmony.
Be truthful and transparent in all your dealings with yourself and other people. To speak the truth is natural. Truth binds. The binding is called trust, it is essential to every kind of relationship. The vital values here are: truth/honesty, integrity; and trust.
We need to demonstrate real empathy for others and do what you can to help them to recognise and fully develop their talents. By generously assisting other people in this quest, we are benefiting as well. The related values here are: empathy; patience; generosity.
How We Act
We need to think about how we act and focus our energies on the right priorities and in the right way. Important here is to act correctly following a decision; to find effective ways of making the idea practical. The important values here are: discrimination; justice / fairness; and courage.
We must learn to deal effectively with challenges, mistakes and uncontrollable external factors. As life is full of uncertainties, the best way to respond to the inevitable challenges, is to maintain a balanced and unattached state, then our full faculties are available to discern the best response. The related values here are: equanimity, steadfastness, and determination.
We need to inspire other people by actions based on the natural human values, thus setting a fine example. Inspiration comes naturally, it is most powerful when a leader sets a fine example. The important values here are: selflessness, humility and loving care.
By putting into practice, by living the natural human values, great benefits accrue for all; family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, the community, nation, society at large, and you. The natural results are: happiness; peace/contentment; and unity.
Measurable Quantitative Results vs Values
A pattern has been emerging over the years in all aspects of life , from classrooms to boardrooms. Success is measured by quantitative results, be it examination grades, business profits, yearly earnings, numbers of friends on Facebook, the price of your car or house etc etc. As a result natural human values such as honesty, fairness, compassion are all too often ignored or compromised. For example, someone may lie or pay a bribe to get a business deal, or cheat to get better exam results.
The Need Today
The consequence of basing our decisions on the wrong values is stress and tension which is being experienced on a large scale in our society, by adults and children as well. The degree of mental illness and the breakdown of families have risen dramatically in the last 20 years which is strong indicator that something is not right in society today.
What has been seen as a need today for all of us, especially young people, is to be reminded more often about the natural values and as well as the guidance that has been offered down through the ages about how to live these values.
Timeless Values for Today, is a compilation of Value-based resources, using traditional communication methods, like books, and modern technology, like apps and websites like this one, to offer reminders. Hopefully we can make a contribution to shift the focus from results to values, from short term success to real and lasting happiness.
If I Can.........APP
If I can … A free daily online app
The current version offers a daily e-mail in the context of how natural human values enhance how we think, how we relate to others and how we act in our daily life. On some days in addition to the standard 4 images; an If I can… statement, a relevant quote, a mindfulness exercise and personal question for reflection, a video or audio story about the value is now offered.
Inspired by Timeless Philosophy, Ethics and Spirituality
How do you know who you are? Or why you are?
An introductory course of ten weeks, week-day evenings or Saturday mornings, on timeless, practical philosophy. The course provides an opportunity to consider philosophical ideas and questions of real relevance to all our lives.
The course is being offered for a fee of £10. This is part of the School of Philosophy and Economic Science’s Curriculum
A Values-based Approach to Sustainable Success
Ethical Entrepreneur is a program which offers both a free daily app and a comprehensive E-Book on a values-based management approach to business. The initial target audience being entrepreneurs, managers of existing small businesses, the self-employed and business school students. The aim is to demonstrate how business can be:
Ethical & Effective
Principled & Profitable
Conscious & Commercial
Ethical Entrepreneur provides guidance on how the practical application of natural values will greatly enhance the performance of 9 core management functions- relating to how we think, how we relate to others and how we act in business. The basic premise is that, in addition to possessing necessary business skills like finance and marketing, the management of a business needs to be guided by fine values like honesty, courage, patience. If they are put into practice, then then fine business values like credibility, efficiency, innovation will manifest which are the keys to establishing a long term sustainable, responsible business. This will benefit all those involved including employees, clients, suppliers and members of the community.
See this website for more details www.ethicalentrepreneur.org
EMAIL VERSION -FREE
Subscribe to receive a 30-week online course on values in business.
Each day you will receive a mix of:
- If I can… challenges about the value covered that week
- A relevant quotes about the value from a range of different sources
- Video interviews of experienced business leaders who have used values to succeed in business
- Stories and popular YouTube & Facebook videos about the value
- A mindfulness exercise designed to bring you to a greater degree of stillness so that you can consider…
- A reflective question about how you can apply the value in your lifeETHICAL ENTREPRENEUR E-BOOK£9.99A more in-depth exploration of the values based management approach behind ethical business and sustainable success. The topics covered are:Session 1 The State of Business in Society TodaySession 2 Trust in BusinessSession 3 The Millennial View of BusinessSession 4 Values in BusinessSession 5 Ethical Entrepreneur Values ProfileSession 6 Inspiring Leadership & MeditationSession 7 Ethical Decision-Making & Mindfulness
The E-Book includes more than 70 videos and audio stories, many of which are interviews with experienced business people telling their stories about how working to fine values in business does work. There are also several interviews with Business School Professors. You can see some examples of the videos in the Ethical Entrepreneur Video section of this site. ( It would be good if we could just provide a link)
Also part of the programme is a series of drama based videos on the subject of Ethics and Ethical Decision Making, which includes scenarios that cover the issues prohibited by the UK Bribery Act i.e. excessive gift giving, facilitation payments and bribery.
To purchase the E-Book use this link: http://www.timelessvalues.co.uk/#books
VIDEO RESOURCES for the Ethical Entrepreneur E Book
Introduction to EE
Here is a video offering an introduction to the E-Book and a sampling of interviews with Business School Professors and Business Leaders https://vimeo.com/504103603/70155dc900
EE Business Execs
This video provides more examples of the wide scope of business executive interviews included in the E-Book.
This video gives a sampling of the Ethical Decision-making material in the E-Book
Ethical Entrepreneur Videos
Ethical and Effective
An introductory video to a series of drama-based videos on Ethical Decision Making that are part of the Ethical Entrepreneur E-Learning version.
Dr H P Kanoria
Dame Stephanie Shirley
Lord Michael Hastings
Dr Ana-Maria Pascal
Dr Rahul Varma
Prof Jonathan Liu
Dr A D Amar
Lord Karan Bilimoria
Values Video Presentations & Interviews
The Ethical Entrepreneur
Vision and Values
Malta TV Interview
Brahma Kumaris UK
Beyond Fear-Harnessing the Power of Silence
My talk is from 14:33 until 33:33
Indian TV Part 1
A 4 part series tracing my life's journey from birth and early years in the US to a period living in Brussels and the last 35 years in London. The main themes running through all the parts are universal human values, the power of silence and of the present moment and meditation. Part1 gives the story behind the development of the If I can App.
Part 2 & 3
Covering primarily Spirituality in Business and the book From Principles to Profit
Deals with promotion and support of teaching Sanskrit in schools under the auspices of the charity Sanskrit @ St James.
Paul Palmarozza- Career Summary
Integrity, Service & Silence
Paul who has worked in management positions for 51 of his 56 year business career was initially employed for 16 years by the global computer company, Control Data, in both the US & Brussels. His last assignment for them was as General Manager of a new computer based education business, the first of its kind in Europe.
In 1980 he was accepted for a one year Diploma in Education programme at Oxford University, where in addition to his studies he worked with Headmasters of schools and educational consultants also attending the course to explore how computers could best applied in Education. His conclusion at the end of the course was that computers were not well suited for primary education and so in 1981 he moved to London and set up as a self-employed consultant in the field of computer based training or e-learning as it has come to be known.
After helping many companies learn about and then introduce this new technology and also acting as an advisor to the UK Government’s Manpower Services Commission, in 1987 he founded an e-learning based training company, Intellexis, which specialised in financial training. Intellexis grew steadily developing more than 70 hours of financial training, much of which was offered in 9 languages. The courses were used extensively by many of the world’s largest companies e.g. Nestle, Unilever, IBM, Rolls Royce.
In 2001 Intellexis became a public company listed on the London AIM Stock Exchange. Paul was initially the CEO and then later took up a positon of developing the International business in countries like India and China. Intellexis Plc later changed its name to the ILX Group after a series of acquisitions and is now part of the Progility Plc who are still listed on AIM. Paul retired from the organisation in 2011.
In 2012 Paul and Chris Rees, founded the Principled Business partnership offering drama based ethics training. Their course, Ethical & Effective, is available in DVD and e-learning formats as well in classroom sessions. They have also co-authored a book, From Principles to Profit.
Principles Business was closed down in 2018 and the Ethical & Effective content given over to If I Can…CIC, who have included it in the Ethical Entrepreneur offering.
Regents University, London
Paul is currently a Guest Lecturer in their Business School’s Entrepreneurship Programme.
Charitable Activities- unpaid services
School of Philosophy and Economic Science
For 48 years Paul has been a member of this education charity offering programmes in Economics and Philosophy based on both the teaching of the both western and eastern spiritual traditions.
For 46 years he has been a tutor of Philosophy courses. He studied a number of subjects in the school including Calligraphy, Plato and Sanskrit in which he is still actively involved. For 11 years until it closed down in 2016 , Paul was the Assistant Organiser of a major yearly arts festival run by the School called Art in Action. It was a 4 day event which attracts around 20-25,000 visitors each year and is run entirely by volunteers - about 600 each day. See https://schoolofphilosophy.org
St James School
Founded in 1975 St James School offers education for students, boys and girls, from 4-5 years old up to the end of secondary school at 18 years old. Over the past 35 years Paul has served the school in various capacities e.g. Careers Advisor, Head of Fund Raising, Head of Meditation tutorials for the Senior Boys school and Manager of St James Publishing , an operation founded to enable the St James teachers to write their own text books. www.stjamesschools.co.uk
Sanskrit @ St James
From 2012 until 2019 he was the Director of a charitable operation, Sanskrit @ St James, whose aim is the promotion and support for the teaching of Sanskrit in schools on a global basis. Their activities include raising the awareness of the value of the subject, developing teaching materials for teachers and students, running teacher training courses and promoting and supporting the expansion of the Cambridge IGCSE Sanskrit exam. www.sanskritatstjames.org.uk www.sanskritexams.org.uk
Waterperry Gardens Ltd
Since 2019 he has been a member of the Board of Directors, serving as the Acting Chairman for a 6 month period in 2020. Waterperry Gardens were initially made famous by Beatrix Havergal who established her School of Horticulture for Ladies there from 1932 to 1971. It is now home to 8 acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens, a quality plant centre and garden shop, gallery and gift shop, museum and tea shop. See https://www.waterperrygardens.co.uk
If I Can...CIC
In 2013 he founded If I Can...CIC, a Community Interest Company, which provides the free If I can… values app ( www.ificanapp.com) offering daily reminders about fine natural values. A Schools version, values-based stories and a YouTube Playlist of values-based videos are also included.
If I can…CIC is also the entity behind the design, development and distribution of the Ethical Entrepreneur training products and services.