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Tune into your moral compass

Watch Tony Coles, Former CEO of Onyx
Pharmaceuticals, share strategies of Self-Awareness and better decision making.

Self-knowledge is critical for developing a strong grounding and accurately evaluating your strengths and weaknesses.

In this step, Tony Coles, Former CEO of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, shares strategies for uncovering what truly matters to you and using that knowledge to make better decisions and stand up for what you believe in.

Over to you

Consider a complex situation or problem you’re trying to solve right now and keep it in mind.

Walkthrough Coles’ steps for tuning into your moral compass using the situation or problem you identified.

  • Find a way to centre yourself that works for you.
  • Allow time for careful reflection.

Ask yourself the important questions

  • What’s motivating me?
  • Are my intentions the right ones?
  • Am I remaining relevant?
  • Am I getting stale by repeating the same actions over and over again?
  • Am I challenging the way I think? The way I motivate others? The way I approach a problem?

Celebrate your failures

  • Look for emerging patterns among your mistakes.
  • Learn to connect the dots.
  • Carry that knowledge over into your next judgment or decision.

Test the limits of your courage

Conviction occurs at the interface of your preparation with information and your gut feeling, or instinct, about the right thing to do.

  • In the face of adversity, be willing to stand up for your beliefs.


Consider the elements of your moral compass more broadly.

  • What defines you?
  • What elements of yourself are you unwilling to compromise, regardless of situation?
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