Living Into Leadership: A Journey in Ethics

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"Describing the aim of the book as an aid to 'increase ethical awareness and sensitivity in myself and in others,' the author does an admirable job on both counts."—Library Journal
“Experience is a great teacher but only when you are prepared to learn. Buzz McCoy provides lively preparation and insights into the arts of life and leadership. Read and learn.”—George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State and a Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution
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"Describing the aim of the book as an aid to 'increase ethical awareness and sensitivity in myself and in others,' the author does an admirable job on both counts."—Library Journal

"The guidance McCoy offers, and the advice that he draws from a wide range of thinkers... make this book a compelling read for those who believe in examining their lives."—Stanford Social Innovation Review

"Experience is a great teacher but only when you are prepared to learn. Buzz McCoy provides lively preparation and insights into the arts of life and leadership. Read and learn."—George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State and a Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution

"Leading a successful life, as in leading an organization, requires a person to identify and confront an endless stream of tough, ambiguous questions. This is essential reading for anyone who aspires to both ask the right questions and seek the right answers-answers that ultimately define true character and extend impact beyond me to we." —Thomas J. Tierney, Chairman and Co-Founder, The Bridgespan Group

"This profound, delightful, and thought-provoking exploration of life's values and goals, challenges and trade-offs, and dilemmas and contretemps is likely to become required reading not only at business schools but for professionals generally." —Dan Rose, Chairman, Rose Associates

Library Journal
How does one teach ethics? Canone teach ethics? These questions and others are addressed by McCoy (former owner, Morgan Stanley; The Dynamics of Real Estate Capital Markets: A Practitioner's Perspective) in this chronicle of his life in business, mostly with Morgan Stanley. There is a substantive discussion of how the structuring of investment banking deals can sometimes skirt ethical considerations. He also pays special attention to "bad practices" such as false accounting, kickbacks, falsified documents, improper sexual conduct, price fixing, and insider trading, which have precipitated ethical crises in well-known companies (e.g., Enron, Worldcom, Hewlett Packard). While the book is more of a memoir than a how-to primer on ethics, the author recounts many such dilemmas from his own life as well as from those of others that could be studied by students. McCoy strongly believes in a solid core values system that includes integrity as the best sort of moral compass to have in today's ethically challenged world. Describing the aim of the book as an aid to "increase ethical awareness and sensitivity in myself and in others," the author does an admirable job on both counts. Appropriate for larger business collections.
—Richard Drezen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804755764
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,393,384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Bowen H. "Buzz" McCoy is president of Buzz McCoy Associates. He was an owner of Morgan Stanley for 20 years, and directed Morgan Stanley's real estate finance activities for 13 years. He is the author of The Dynamics of Real Estate Capital Markets: A Practitioner's Perspective (2006).
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Table of Contents


Preface: Changing World, Changing Ethics?     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
Setting Your Compass     1
Establishing a Personal Ethic     13
Living with Intention     31
Sustaining Influences     44
Preparing for the Ethical Dilemma     61
Leading in the Gray Areas     69
Learning and Finding Meaning Continuously     86
Aligning Individual and Corporate Values     107
Maintaining Balance and Renewing Continuously     133
Ethics as Contextual: Renewal as a Continuing Process     139
Organizational and Business Ethics: Developing Ethical Sensitivity     162
Changing Mores Through Time     181
Epilogue: Global Mores for Global Business     193
Notes     203
Index     207
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