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The Little Book of Big Decision Models by Dr. Jim McGrath

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ETHICAL DECISION MAKING

Use this to check how ethical your decisions are.

Stanley Milgram’s famous experiments on obedience to authority figures began in the early 1960s. They showed how people, under the direction of an authority figure, were willing to deliver potentially lethal electric shocks to participants in the ‘faked experiment’. It appeared that they were willing to do so because they ‘were only following orders’. Where have we heard that before?

Hopefully you will never be asked to electrocute someone. But at some time during your managerial career you will be faced with decisions that have ethical implications. Unless you know what you stand for you will end up standing for anything. To avoid this you need to develop your ...

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