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In Strong Ethical Cultures…

Management and supervisors:
*Communicate ethics as a priority
*Set a good example of ethical conduct
*Keep commitments
*Provide information about what is going on
*Support following organizational standards

Coworkers:
*Consider ethics in making decisions
*Talk about ethics in the work we do
*Set a good example of ethical conduct
*Support following organizational standards

source: Eighth National Business Ethics Survey (NBES)

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1. Mission: a sense of purpose in coming into work
2. Collegiality: working with awesome people
3. Challenging work: being stimulated by the work to be done
4. Meaningful advancement: the promise of growth
5. Confidence in senior leaders: a sense of trust–and transparency–with management
6. Perks: good pay, free food, a beer cart or two

credit: FastCompany

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Salesperson duties in accordance with the Golden Rule

1. Warn customers of potential hazards

2. Refrain from lying and deception

3. Fully and honestly answer questions about what they are selling

4. Refrain from steering customers toward purchases they have reason to think will harm the customers (including financially)

– see the complete article by Thomas Carson (whose ethics class I had the privilege of taking)

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1. The delusion that personal gain is made by crushing others.
2. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.
3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.
4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
5. Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading and studying.
6. Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.
– Cicero, On Old Age

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The 2013 World Happiness Report can be found here: http://unsdsn.org/happiness.

In chapter 5 (Restoring Virtue Ethics in the Quest for Happiness) Jeffrey Sachs discusses four basic values within the overarching ethical framework of “the principle of humanity:”
(1) Non-violence and respect for life, including respect for human life and respect for the natural environment;
(2) Justice and solidarity, including rule of law, fair competition, distributive justice, and solidarity;
(3) Honesty and tolerance, including truthfulness, honesty, reliability, toleration of diversity, and rejection of discrimination because of sex, race, nationality, or beliefs;
(4) Mutual esteem and partnership, including fairness and sincerity vis-à-vis stakeholders and the rights to pursue personal and group interests through collective action.

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Character

As you wind your way through this world, you inevitably come to a fork in the road: You can either be noted for your character – or be known as a character! What values and personal attributes comprise character? To name just a few…

C – Caring: Caring and concern for others are at the root of the Golden Rule, “Treat others as you want them to treat you.”
H – Honesty: Be honest with yourself and with others in every interaction. Honesty and integrity are the core values that make respect, courage, and trustworthiness possible.
A – Actions: Your actions, not your intentions or words, are what define your character. Often, these become acts of courage, such as taking a stand against injustice, prejudice, cruelty, and other inhumane behaviors.
R – Responsibility: Your sense of responsibility is what compels you to do the right thing, follow through on your promises, and be accountable for your actions. Personal rights are only possible when accompanied by responsibility.
A – Acceptance: Character demands that we accept others’ differences and appreciate how diversity strengthens our society.
C – Citizenship: People of strong moral character don’t sit on the sidelines. Contribute your “fair share,” participate fully as a concerned student, volunteer, and voter.
T – Trustworthiness: Trust can’t be granted; it can only be earned. Deliver on your promises. Act honestly at every turn.
E – Empathy: When you empathize with others, you go beyond kindness and caring; you truly begin to see the world from someone else’s perspective.
R – Respect: Respect for yourself and for others is an integral component of character. Without respect, caring and empathy are empty expressions. Respect is what enables us to accept and appreciate others’ differences.

credit: inside cover of my nephew’s grade school planner

 

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