The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behavior - 45 Psychological Traps That Every One of Us Falls Prey To

The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behavior - 45 Psychological Traps That Every One of Us Falls Prey To

by Robert Hoyk, Paul Hersey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804759650

ISBN-13: 9780804759656

Pub. Date: 10/07/2008

Publisher: Stanford University Press


In this book, Hoyk and Hersey describe 45 "unethical traps" into which any one of us can fall. These traps, they say, can erupt in any organizational environment. Some of these traps distort our perception of right and wrong—so we actually believe our unethical behavior is right. Many of them are psychological in nature, and if we are not aware of them they

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In this book, Hoyk and Hersey describe 45 "unethical traps" into which any one of us can fall. These traps, they say, can erupt in any organizational environment. Some of these traps distort our perception of right and wrong—so we actually believe our unethical behavior is right. Many of them are psychological in nature, and if we are not aware of them they are like illusions—webs of deception. In the authors' analysis, these traps significantly contributed to the large-scale corporate disasters we witnessed in recent years.

Hoyk and Hersey take account of these realities and offer a "real-world" method that will predict, preclude, and, if necessary, "get us out of" these traps. Given the increased scrutiny under which all executives and mangers operate today, this book is a 'must read' for anyone who is charged with achieving an organization's mission—whether that mission is increasing profit, serving the common good, or both.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804759656
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................xxx
Foreword ANTHONY PARINELLO....................xxx
Trapped!....................1
Why Do Traps Exist, and What Are They?....................000
Why This Isn't Just Another Business Ethics Book....................000
A Word About Research....................000
Trap 1: Obedience to Authority....................000
Trap 2: Small Steps....................000
Sidestepping Responsibility....................000
Trap 3: Indirect Responsibility....................000
Trap 4: Faceless Victims....................000
Trap 5: Lost in the Group....................000
Trap 6: Competition....................000
Self-Interest....................000
Trap 7: Tyranny of Goals....................000
Trap 8: Money....................000
Trap 9: Conflicts of Interest....................000
Trap 10: Conflicts of Loyalty....................000
Trap 11....................000
Trap 12: Conformity Pressure....................000
Trap 13: "Don't Make Waves"....................000
Trap 14: Self-Enhancement....................000
Trap 15: Time Pressure....................000
Trap 16: Decision Schemas....................000
Trap 17: Enacting a Role....................000
Trap 18: Power....................000
Trap 19: Justification....................000
Trap 20: Obligation....................000
Annihilation of Guilt....................000
Trap 21: Anger....................000
Trap 22: Going Numb....................000
Trap 23: Alcohol....................000
Trap 24:Desensitization....................000
Minimizing....................000
Trap 25: Reduction Words....................000
Trap 26: Renaming....................000
Traps 27 and 28: Advantageous Comparison and Zooming Out....................000
Trap 29: "Everybody Does It"....................000
Trap 30: "We Won't Get Caught"....................000
Trap 31: "We Didn't Hurt Them That Bad"....................000
Trap 32: Self-Serving Bias....................000
Trap 33: Addiction....................000
Trap 34: Coworker Reactions....................000
Trap 35: Established Impressions....................000
Trap 36: Contempt for the Victim....................000
Trap 37: Doing Is Believing....................000
Trap 38: Psychopathy....................000
Traps 39 and 40: Poverty and Neglect....................000
Trap 41: Low Self-Esteem....................000
Trap 42: Authoritarianism....................000
Trap 43: Social Dominance Orientation....................000
Trap 44: Need for Closure....................000
Trap 45: Empathy....................000
The Parable of the Sadhu....................000
Analysis....................000
Lost in the Group....................000
Tyranny of Goals....................000
Time Pressure....................000
Conflicts of loyalty....................000
Self-Serving Bias....................000
Annihilation of Guilt....................000
Jonestown....................000
Analysis....................000
Psychopathy....................000
Obedience to Authority....................000
Justification....................000
Desensitization....................000
Conformity....................000
Conformity Pressure....................000
Small Steps....................000
Doing Is Believing....................000
Final Words....................000
Notes....................000
Index....................000

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