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Ethics for the Real World : Creating a Personal Code to Guide Decisions in Work and Life
by Ronald A. Howard and Clinton D. Korver and Bill Birchard


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 resume 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.
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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 resume 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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781422121061
  • ISBN-10: 1422121062
  • Publisher: Harvard Business School Press
  • Publish Date: June 2008
  • Page Count: 212
  • Dimensions: 9.24 x 6.38 x 0.92 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.07 pounds


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Books > Business & Economics > Business Ethics
Books > Philosophy > Ethics & Moral Philosophy

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 49.
  • Review Date: 2008-04-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Few are likely to quibble that “Thou shalt not illegally download copyrighted media files” doesn’t have quite the solemnity or clarity of “Thou shalt not steal.” Howard and Korver invite readers into ethics’ gray areas and guide them in developing a personal ethical code hardy enough for the most ambiguous situations. The book presents a four-part plan to become aware of “ethical temptation and compromise,” the fundamentals of ethical logic and using ethics as an avenue to a happier life. The authors successfully tease out the prudential, legal and ethical dimensions of actions—however, readers might become frustrated with the lack of conclusive instructions. Furthermore, while the putative goal of the book is to assist readers in constructing their “personal code,” the sample models presented are so rife with inconsistencies that the book contributes to more ethical confusion than clarity. While the very nature of ethics acknowledges the varying shades of gray, a bit more black and white when it comes to ethical guidance might lead to a more satisfying read. (June)

 
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