Street-smart Ethics: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Business & Economics - 186 pages
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When is business behavior legal but unethical? What should you say if your boss pressures you to do something you know is wrong? What is the line between "puffing" a stock and outright fraud? McLemore (Good Guys Finish First) opens this intelligent, timely ethics book by describing the well-publicized downfalls of famous companies, comparing Enron's corporate sins to WorldCom's peccadilloes. His opening section is a kind of a down-and-dirty primer on business responsibility. He explores the relationship between law and ethics, describes what people can do if they are being pressured to act unethically, and discusses the psychological issues that all those involved-from whistleblowers to brown-nosers-may have regarding ethical violations. The second section uses the biblical Book of Proverbs to offer 50 guidelines on "simple prudence," the foundation of ethical behavior, while the final section employs quizzes and longer case studies to stimulate discussion and reflection. McLemore writes engagingly and discerningly, sprinkling the text with insider knowledge gleaned from nearly two decades of experience in management consulting and organizational psychology. This should be required reading for managerial and professional personnel. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
When Titans Stumble Cases in Corporate Failure
7
Public Trust and Human Frailty
9
Enron
10
WorldCom and a Host of Other Companies
14
Identifying the Issues
15
Law Ethics and Society
21
Governments Laws and Ethical Duties
24
Complex Ethical Problems
49
Comments on the Elements
50
Analysis of the Examples
52
The World of the Philosopher
54
Introduction to Part II
57
How to Get the Most from This Section
58
Fundamental Graciousness
63
Some Necessary Caution
76

Threats Risks and Options
26
Even Navy SEALS Disobey Orders
27
When Not to Be a Team Player
28
Saying No and Meaning It
29
Time to Stay and Time to Go
30
The Case of Special Agent Rowley
31
The Psychodynamics of Misconduct
34
Simple versus Complex Conflicts
35
Complex Dilemmas
38
Self versus Institution Group or Organization
39
Self versus Society
40
Guidelines for Survival
42
Getting Clear about the Issues
43
Screens and Filters
44
Violations of Conscience
46
Information Management
47
Potential Embarrassments
48
Going All Out
86
Wisdom of the Tongue
94
When Modesty Helps
103
Getting By with Integrity
113
Maturity and Judgment
121
Avoiding SelfDestruction
134
Proper Priorities
139
Staying Out in Front
143
Summary
149
Challenging Exercises for the Ethically Conscientious
153
Answers with Explanations
155
Ethical Brainteasers
158
Commentary on the Problems
162
Recommended Readings
167
Index
171
About the Author
186
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Clinton W. McLemore is an organizational psychologist and President and Founder of Relational Dynamics, Inc.

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