A3 - Application Example
Ethics Awareness Inventory - Gain New Insight Into Your Ethical Perspective
FROM AWARENESS TO ARTICULATION AND APPLICATION: AN EXAMPLE OFTHE LANGUAGE OF ETHICAL DECISION MAKING
That first important step in ethical decision making is developing an Awareness of the ethical perspective and style (the principles and processes) you use most frequently in determining what you believe to be right or wrong. As you review some of the most common ethical CORE perspectives and styles used by others, you also become aware of the principles and processes that guide them in approaching decisions that require the making of ethical choices. While understanding the differences between these perspectives is foundational, this understanding is little more than an enlightening educational exercise until you come to appreciate the critical importance of how you and others Articulate (communicate) these perspectives to one another and then Apply this understanding to dialogues that lead to shared decision making. Examples sometimes are useful in demonstrating how these three steps—Awareness, Articulation and Application—are integral to real decisions in real corporate settings. A scenario presented on the following pages depicts four managers struggling with the all-too-common budget dilemma that requires concrete decisions that will result in cutting costs. Their most recent directive is to consider the implementation of a series of layoffs.
Character and Results Perspectives
Grace Carter, Director of Marketing (coming from a Character perspective), and Tony Remick, Director of Finance (coming from a Results perspective), are having a working lunch together in preparation for the next management team meeting that is scheduled to deal with the idea of implementing layoffs in order to cut costs:
Grace: “You know, Tony, I’m concerned about considering layoffs so early in our budget discussions. In difficult economic times, we rely on loyal...