Ethics for the Real World: Creating a Personal Code to Guide Decisions in Work and Life

Ethics for the Real World: Creating a Personal Code to Guide Decisions in Work and Life

by Ronald A. Howard, Clinton D. Korver
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1422121062

ISBN-13: 9781422121061

Pub. Date: 06/17/2008

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press


We often make small ethical compromises for "good" reasons: We lie to a customer because our boss asked us to. We exaggerate our accomplishments on our résumé to get an interview. Temptation blindsides us. And we make snap decisions we regret.

Minor ethical lapses can seem harmless, but they instill in us a hard-to-break habit of distorted thinking

Overview


We often make small ethical compromises for "good" reasons: We lie to a customer because our boss asked us to. We exaggerate our accomplishments on our résumé to get an interview. Temptation blindsides us. And we make snap decisions we regret.

Minor ethical lapses can seem harmless, but they instill in us a hard-to-break habit of distorted thinking. Rationalizations drown out our inner voice, and we make up the rules as we go. We lose control of our decisions, fall victim to the temptations and pressures of our situations, taint our characters, and sour business and personal relationships.

In Ethics for the Real World, Ronald Howard and Clinton Korver explain how to master the art of ethical decision making by:
Identifying potential compromises in your own life
Applying distinctions to clarify your ethical thinking
Committing in advance to ethical principles
Generating creative alternatives to resolve dilemmas

Packed with real-life examples, this book gives you practical advice to respond skillfully to life's inevitable ethical challenges. Not only can you make right decisions, you can acquire new habits that will realize the best in yourself and transform your relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422121061
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
06/17/2008
Pages:
212
Sales rank:
523,000
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Skillful Decision Making     1
Almost Ethical     11
Draw Distinctions     31
Consult the Touchstones     51
Draft Your Code     71
Choose Action     91
Transform Life     113
Transform Work     131
Epilogue: Habit of Wisdom     151
The Elements of Ethical Thinking     155
Ethical Codes     157
Our Messages     175
Acknowledgments     187
Notes     189
Index     203
About the Authors     211

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