Critique: Defining Moments by Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr.

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Critique: Defining Moments by Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr. Synopsis The book Defining Moments analyzed the various philosophical ideologies that provide managers a guideline for making critical business decisions. The book examines three different managers in specific situations where a right versus right conflict is presented before them. Chapter by chapter each situation is examined and compared to a particular philosophy that was applied to the outcome. Steve Lewis, Peter Adario, and Edouard Sakiz face different pivotal moments that will require each to make a decision that will define their and/or their company's values. Each decision made says some things about the person that has made it. Decisions reveal, test, and shape the ideas we have of our self and our morals. Their consequences have far-reaching implications and the book indicates when they are made in haste, with only individual interpretation or emotion, they can be devastating to the owner. The author of Defining Moments, Joseph Badaracco, Jr., relies heavily on what history has taught us through great intellectual interpretations of the most prominent philosophers: Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sophocles, Niccolo Machiavelli, William James, and Marcus Aurelius. Badaracco draws examples from other writers on ethics and philosophy to reinforce how, which, and when to apply the teachings of such forward thinkers to everyday situations, with which we are faced. Each chapter examines and defines the right versus right decisions each of the characters face and how to ask the proper questions about that situation in order to conclude that will emanate the image they want to portray to the public. To fully understand how to tackle a right versus right conflict one must understand the individual philosophies and what questions need to be asked of the

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