Ethics for the Real World: Creating a Personal Code to Guide Decisions in Work and Life (Hardcover)

Ethics for the Real World: Creating a Personal Code to Guide Decisions in Work and Life By Ronald A. Howard, Clinton D. Korver, Bill Birchard Cover Image
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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 r sum 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.

About the Author

Ronald A. Howard is a professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering in Stanford University's School of Engineering, and the director of the Department's Decisions and Ethics Center. Clinton D. Korver is the founder and CEO of DecisionStreet, which provides Web-based tools to help consumers make important life decisions.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781422121061
ISBN-10: 1422121062
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication Date: May 27th, 2008
Pages: 224
Language: English