The Conscience Code: Lead with Your Values. Advance Your Career.

The Conscience Code: Lead with Your Values. Advance Your Career.

by G. Richard Shell
The Conscience Code: Lead with Your Values. Advance Your Career.

The Conscience Code: Lead with Your Values. Advance Your Career.

by G. Richard Shell


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The Conscience Code is a practical guide to creating workplaces where everyone can thrive.

Surveys show that more than 40% of employees report seeing ethical misconduct at work, and most fail to report it—killing office morale and allowing the wrong people to set the example. Collegiate professor G. Richard Shell has heard work misconduct stories from his MBA students which inspired him to create this helpful guide for navigating these nuances.

Shell created this book to point to a better path: recognize that these conflicts are coming, learn to spot them, then follow a research-based, step-by-step approach for resolving them skillfully. By committing to the Code, you can replace regret with long-term career success as a leader of conscience.

In The Conscience Code, Shell shares tips and facts that:

  • Solves a crucial problem faced by professionals everywhere: What should they do when they are asked to compromise their core values to achieve organizational goals?
  • Teaches readers to recognize and overcome the five organizational forces that push people toward actions they later regret.
  • Lays out a systematic, values-to-action process that people at all levels can follow to maintain their integrity while achieving true success in their lives and careers.

Driven by dramatic, real-world examples from Shell's classroom, today's headlines, and classic cases of corporate wrongdoing, The Conscience Code shows how to create value-based workplaces where everyone can thrive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400221134
Publisher: HarperCollins Leadership
Publication date: 06/08/2021
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,061,397
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

G. Richard Shell is Chair of the Wharton School's Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department. His books on negotiation, influence, and success have sold over half a million copies in seventeen languages, and his online course on "Success" has reached tens of thousands of people around the world. An award-winning teacher and scholar, Richard led the most recent redesign of the Wharton School's MBA curriculum and helped create its required Responsibility in Business course. He directs week-long workshops on negotiation and strategic persuasion for senior executives.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Conscience Code vii

Rule #1 Face the Conflict 1

Rule #2 Commit to Your Values 15

Rule #3 Know Your Enemy 38

Rule #4 Summon Your Character 58

Rule #5 Channel Your Personality Strengths 81

Rule #6 Leverage the Power of Two 109

Rule #7 Ask Four Questions 135

Rule #8 Engage the Decision Maker 156

Rule #9 Hold Them Accountable 182

Rule #10 Choose to Lead 205

Acknowledgments 225

Notes 227

Topical Bibliography 247

Index 253

About the Author 260

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