Chapter 2. Your Personal Philosophy

Your personal ethics result more from the cumulative sum of incidental decisions than from carefully thought-out deliberations.

When it comes to ethics in business, you may have the image of a group of people sitting around a table, discussing a dilemma and making a decision. You may picture them pondering with angst the moral implications and consulting some tome of wisdom. The truth is ethics result from a series of incremental business decisions that are made in response to a situation, to correct a problem, or to take advantage of an opportunity. Many times these business decisions do have ethical implications. When you’re in the thick of it, however, it’s hard to tell where the business decision morphs into ...

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