By Robert C. Solomon
Is company ethics a contradiction in phrases? totally now not, says Robert Solomon. in truth, he continues that sound ethics is an important precondition of any long term enterprise, and that excellence in enterprise needs to exist at the origin of values that the majority folks carry pricey. Drawing on two decades of expertise consulting with significant businesses on ethics, Solomon clarifies the tough moral offerings everyone in company face. He makes use of an "Aristotelian" method of remind readers corporation--like an individual--is embedded in a neighborhood, and that company values resembling equity and honesty are meaningless till reworked into motion. with out a base of shared values, belief and mutual advantages, modern-day nationwide and foreign company global could crumble. based on his conviction that advantage and revenue needs to thrive jointly, Solomon either examines the ways that poor values really ruin companies, and debunks the pervasive myths that inspire unethical enterprise practices. entire with a operating catalog of virtues designed to demonstrate the significance of integrity in any company scenario, this compelling guide features a gold mine of knowledge for both the small enterprise supervisor or the company government suffering from moral concerns.
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Extra resources for A Better Way to Think About Business: How Personal Integrity Leads to Corporate Success
But maybe this isn't like a comparison of apples and oranges. Perhaps we would get a better understanding of the dramatic inequities in the corporate world if we were to see "winning" CEOS as sports stars of a sort. "28 The rather benign imagery of winning the game has readily gained purchase in our sports-loving society. To be sure, business is not just a game, but, on reflection, business competition looks a lot like some familiar games and lends itself readily to sports analogies (hitting a home run, doing an end run).
In thinking this way, however, we too easily tend to reduce business to an unsentimental, amoral activity. What we leave out are all of those personal attachments and obligations that surround and ultimately give meaning to our financial dealings, our work, and our communal lives. To dehumanize human activity is to forget that real flesh-and-blood human beings, with feelings and families, with real cares and concerns, are not only the agents of the activity but its beneficiaries and its reason for being.
Or isn't that the infamous "boss from hell"? Would you want to do business with someone who was described to you as "Machiavellian"? Why do we honor, even celebrate, such behavior? Given that the principles of good leadership and management are more or less perennial, despite the new vocabularies and buzzwords that populate the monthly fashions and best-sellers, do we really want to take our cues and hitch our reputations to the most vicious and corrupt societies in history? —when we take pleasure in accepting such identifications?
A Better Way to Think About Business: How Personal Integrity Leads to Corporate Success by Robert C. Solomon