Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right

Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right

by Mary C. Gentile
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300161182

ISBN-13: 9780300161182

Pub. Date: 08/24/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

How can you effectively stand up for your values when pressured by your boss, customers, or shareholders to do the opposite? Drawing on actual business experiences as well as on social science research, Babson College business educator and consultant Mary Gentile challenges the assumptions about business ethics at companies and business schools. She gives business

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How can you effectively stand up for your values when pressured by your boss, customers, or shareholders to do the opposite? Drawing on actual business experiences as well as on social science research, Babson College business educator and consultant Mary Gentile challenges the assumptions about business ethics at companies and business schools. She gives business leaders, managers, and students the tools not just to recognize what is right, but also to ensure that the right things happen. The book is inspired by a program Gentile launched at the Aspen Institute with Yale School of Management, and now housed at Babson College, with pilot programs in over one hundred schools and organizations, including INSEAD and MIT Sloan School of Management.

She explains why past attempts at preparing business leaders to act ethically too often failed, arguing that the issue isn’t distinguishing what is right or wrong, but knowing how to act on your values despite opposing pressure. Through research-based advice, practical exercises, and scripts for handling a wide range of ethical dilemmas, Gentile empowers business leaders with the skills to voice and act on their values, and align their professional path with their principles. Giving Voice to Values is an engaging, innovative, and useful guide that is essential reading for anyone in business.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300161182
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/24/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction xxiii

1 Giving Voice to Our Values: The Thought Experiment 1

2 Values: What They Are and What They Are Not 24

3 A Tale of Two Stories: The Power of Choice 47

4 It's Only Normal 72

5 What Am I Working For? 86

6 Playing to My Strengths: Self-Knowledge, Self-image, and Alignment 108

7 Finding My Voice 135

8 Reasons and Rationalizations 170

9 Putting It to Work 211

Appendix 223

A Starting Assumptions for Giving Voice to Values

B A Tale of Two Stories: An Exercise

C Enablers for Voicing Values: Some Examples

D Personal-Professional Profile

E Guidelines for Peer Coaching

F An Action Framework for Giving Voice to Values: The To-Do List

Notes 247

Bibliography 259

Index 269

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