The Right Thing: Conscience, Profit and Personal Responsibility in Today's Business

The Right Thing: Conscience, Profit and Personal Responsibility in Today's Business

by Jeffrey L. Seglin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1904298974

ISBN-13: 9781904298977

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Spiro Press

Will you do THE RIGHT THING when confronted with your next difficult decision? Will a clear conscience make you richer? Maybe not, but leaders at companies like Enron. Tyco and others found that bad behavior can bankrupt you. Recent events have shown us more clearly than ever that bad business decisions eventually take their toll on even the largest and wealthiest

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Will you do THE RIGHT THING when confronted with your next difficult decision? Will a clear conscience make you richer? Maybe not, but leaders at companies like Enron. Tyco and others found that bad behavior can bankrupt you. Recent events have shown us more clearly than ever that bad business decisions eventually take their toll on even the largest and wealthiest companies. Here New York Times columnist Jeff Seglin takes you through the difficult choices that companies make in the real world -- how some do the right thing and others don't. Find out how you can make good choices that make good business sense.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781904298977
Publisher:
Spiro Press
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Series:
Business Guides
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.39(d)

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Table of Contents

Introductionxv
Part IEthics Policies and Life in the Corporation
1Do Stock Options Buy Silence?3
2The Values Statement vs. Corporate Reality5
3A Company Credo, as Applied or Not8
4The Ethics Policy: Mind-Set Over Matter11
5In Ethics, It's the Thought That Counts13
6Between Consenting Co-Workers16
7Regulating Religious Life in the Office18
8Playing It the Company Way, After Hours21
9Giving Advice Through Rose-Colored Stock Options24
10An Ethics Code Can't Replace a Backbone27
Part IIHiring
11An Offer You Can't Refuse. Well, Maybe33
12When Fear of Firing Deters Hiring35
13Too Much Ado About Giving References38
14In Downsizing, Loyalty is a Two-Way Street41
15As Layoffs Loom, Loyalties Are Divided43
16In Dismissals, Silence Has Its Perils46
Part IIIBosses
17A Boss Saved Them. Should They Save Him?51
18When the Boss is a Stealth Bomber54
19When the Boss Tumbles56
20Bosses Beware When Bending the Truth59
21Saving a Life but Crossing a Line62
Part IVPrivacy
22As Office Snooping Grows, Who Watches the Watchers?67
23Who is Minding Your Own Business?70
24You've Got Mail. You're Being Watched73
Part VLying, Cheating and Stealing
25When the Truth Takes a Stretching Class79
26Lies Can Have a (Long) Life of Their Own82
27When Bribery is Lost in Translation84
28Telling the Truth, or at Least Most of It87
29Big Theft, Small Theft: Is There a Difference?90
30Payroll Tax, Temptation and Trouble93
31Boundaries to Stealing All Those Bright Ideas96
32Storytelling Only Works if Tales Are True99
Part VILeading by Example
33A Blame Game Hurts Both Ford and Firestone107
34When Good Ethics Aren't Good Business110
35When to Go Along, and When to Walk Away113
36Bad Behavior Can Be Perfectly Ethical115
37Survivor's Skills Work on an Island, but How About in the Office?118
38Throwing a Beanball in Business123
39A Safer World for Corporate Mea Culpas126
40How to Get a Company's Attention on Women's Pay129
41To Blow the Whistle, Drop the Mask132
42The 'Me, Too' Mind-Set of Disaster Aid135
43Follow the Heart, or Toe the Line?137
44In Bad Times, It's Easier to Blame140
45Managing Danger Responsibly: How Much Do You Tell?143
46Corporate Values Trickle Down From the Top146
Bibliography/Further Reading151
Other Sources of Information on Business Ethics155

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