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

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CHAPTER 3

Consult the Touchstones

Discovering Our Ethical Principles

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

—Lao Tzu1

ALI HASAN, an engineer from the Middle East, had worked for eight years for a U.S. company. Like many young professionals, he was not comfortable with all the practices he encountered in business. What bothered him most: his boss favored nepotism. Hasan felt that this common Middle East cultural practice, whatever its pluses, squelched company excellence. Especially in California’s Silicon Valley, friends and family often didn’t make the best new hires.2

Hasan wasn’t thinking just about his own company. He doubted nepotism was ethically right even in his native land. ...

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