Advance Praise for The Challenge of Leading an Ethical and Successful Organization [chapter]

2022 The Challenge of Leading an Ethical and Successful Organization  
The Challenge of Leading an Ethical and Successful Organization demonstrates that there are serious external obstacles to being both ethical and successful. Obeying the law provides minimum guidelines, and the law does not treat corporations as moral agents. The resulting focus by judges, investors, and analysts on shareholder value maximization often leads to breaking the law and behaving unethically, as long as the so-called 'cost of doing business' is less expensive than the extra profits
more » ... ieved through malpractice. The end does not always justify the means. The outcome does not always justify the process. The process must be morally upright and ethically sound. It must stand the scrutiny of good decency. Ethical decisions are more complicated when the world as it is, differs from the world as it ought to be; and reconciling duty-based and consequential ethics may prove impossible because of different cultural assumptions and individuals' 'multiple ethical personas.' Choices are often between complicated 'shades of gray' rather than between simple 'black and white' answers. John Zinkin and Chris Bennett show in detail how leaders can overcome the barriers to ethical and effective decision-making by building an ethical and successful organizationwhere ethics defines its mission, vision, and values, combining the 'Five P' performance checklist (covering 'Purpose,' 'Principles,' 'Power,' 'People,' and 'Processes') with a simple six-step ethical process that allows leaders to confront their ethical dilemmas successfully. I highly recommend this book to anyone in a leadership position who has to make difficult ethical choices in the world as it is as opposed to the ideal world as it ought to be that does not exist." -Devaneson Evanson, CEO, Minority Shareholders Watch Group (MSWG) "What ought I do? This is increasingly becoming a challengesociety today demands that we take into account a vast number of factors when deciding whether or not a course of action is ethically acceptable or not. This can lead to many unfortunate outcomesvirtue signalling, where we act in a way, we believe others will find acceptable, kneejerk reactions, where we do what feels right at the time, often based on a simple set of 'rules' we have constructed. Or else to complete and utter confusion as we seek to navigate our way intelligently and ethically through the challenges we face at work and in wider society. The Challenge of Leading an Ethical and Successful Organization is an enormous help to the confusedas well as to kneejerkers and virtue signallersbecause it takes the reader back to first principles of ethics, and shows, with numerous contemporary and historical examples, the underlying issues and how they can be handled.
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