A Better Way to Think About Business: How Personal Integrity by Robert C. Solomon

By Robert C. Solomon

Is company ethics a contradiction in phrases? totally no longer, says Robert Solomon. actually, he keeps that sound ethics is an important precondition of any long term company, and that excellence in company needs to exist at the starting place of values that almost all folks carry dear.
Drawing on 20 years of expertise consulting with significant agencies on ethics, Solomon clarifies the tough moral offerings everybody in enterprise face. He makes use of an "Aristotelian" method of remind readers corporation--like an individual--is embedded in a group, and that company values equivalent to equity and honesty are meaningless until eventually remodeled into motion. and not using a base of shared values, belief and mutual merits, modern nationwide and overseas company international may crumble. in line with his conviction that advantage and revenue needs to thrive jointly, Solomon either examines the ways that poor values truly wreck companies, and debunks the pervasive myths that inspire unethical enterprise practices.
whole with a operating catalog of virtues designed to demonstrate the significance of integrity in any company state of affairs, this compelling guide encompasses a gold mine of knowledge for both the small company supervisor or the company govt suffering from moral issues.

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The Information Revolution" Today, of course, our favorite machine images and consequently our favorite metaphors tend to involve computers and software rather than the machines of the industrial age. " Every human relation becomes an "interface," and we begin to describe the workings of our own minds in the computer language of memory banks, downtime, glitches, data searches, and so on. We become, so to speak, walking examples of artificial intelligence. 25 But what was once true of the old machines continues to be true (at least for the foreseeable future) of computers: They do only what we tell them to do.

Imagine an ordinary citizen, listening to such barbarians talk about themselves and their conquests. What would one think? What would one do? Would one wish them well? Trust them unfettered and unregulated? Support their interests before Congress? One can know a good deal about a person by knowing whom he or she admires. Someone who admires and emulates the historical Jesus or Socrates tells us something about the place of faith, truth, and nonviolent courage in his or her life. Someone who admires Einstein or Picasso similiarly lets us know about what he or she sees as the importance of cosmic vision or creativity.

16 Our comparatively gigantic brain is of relatively little value without the hand-me-downs of successive generations and the ability to cooperate and organize through language. It would be odd indeed if one of the most dramatic contributions to human evolution was a business miniworld in which the accumulated benefits of millions of years have been set aside in favor of a self-destructive intraspecies competition that most of the animal world has more wisely set aside. " —Michael Crichton, Rising Sun17 War, a familiar metaphor in so many corporate boardrooms ("the war room"), conjures up more bloody imagery than Darwinian theory.

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