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Posted January 18, 2012
'Wish I had this book as a younger man. It covers many situations of thought. Some of the companies I have worked for a the past could use Bruce's insightful research. Society today needs a guide book such as Ethical Intelligence.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2011
This book is worth reading. It is conversational, logical, and practical. These words don't sound fancy, none of them end in "est," but there is no higher praise possible.
Bruce uses a conversational tone throughout. If you've ever had a friend who knows something you don't know who informs you, then you know the tone I mean. It's a friendly and clear tone. It's a tone that respects your intelligence while filling you in on some information you have missed. It is a humble tone. Near the beginning of the book Bruce says it would be irresponsible of us not to question what he says. In short, a conversational tone is easy to hear.
A logical book is easy to remember and it is easy to expand upon. If a book is completely logical in its framework, you can add information to that framework later; you can use it as a springboard to learn more. This book is very logical. When Bruce, to stretch a metaphor, leaves a stone unturned, he calls attention to it and even suggests other reading or thinking you can do on the subject. First, the five principles are introduced (Do no harm - Make things better - respect others - be fair - be loving) and then Bruce shows us how these play out with co-workers, underlings, bosses, clients and customers, family, community, and the self. That's the whole story. Not incidentally, saving the self for the last is a good idea, as treating the self truly well is a big challenge in our culture.
The most important aspect of a book on philosophy is that it be practical. At no time in this book does Bruce say "be good" and then leave it at that. Throughout the book he is saying "here is how to be better" and here are specific ways you can practice being better right now.
Really worth looking at.
Posted December 2, 2011
Ethics are complex, but Bruce Weinstein offers a lucid guidebook to sticky ethical situations. He articulates five universal moral principles. Not always successfully: His logic needs work in a few areas, and he backs away from several complex ethical challenges. But even readers who disagree with the author will find value and utility here. getAbstract recommends Weinstein¿s thoughtful guide to those interested in ethics and philosophy, as well as to managers and HR personnel who are responsible for shaping ethical workplaces.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.