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Street-Smart Ethics

Succeeding in Business without Selling Your Soul
  • By Clinton W. McLemore
It is not easy to survive, much less thrive, in many modern business environments, Clinton McLemore writes in this must-read book for business professionals. "Success" as it is defined these days usually depends on winning, on beating out the competition, and this sometimes puts incredible pressures on businessmen and women. "It is impossible to cooperate and compete at the same time, which means that, when you get right down to it and have to choose, you cannot work simultaneously for and against the interests of another person or enterprise. We must constantly choose which of the two to do and in what measure. As a result, real-world ethical decisions can test the mettle of the best of us." This book is divided into three sections. The first is a short, action-packed primer on ethics. It begins with case studies drawn from recent headlines and the downfall of several major corporations because of possible unethical conduct. After identifying the more salient ethical issues to emerge from these case studies, McLemore discusses in short, accessible chapter the following topics: the relationship between law and ethics; options open to us in the face of pressures to behave unethically; simple versus complex ethical dilemmas; how ethical problems may usefully be viewed through the lenses of a personal liability suit; the psychological processes that sometimes accompany ethical-legal infractions; and what some of the world's greatest thinkers have had to say about normative ethics. This first section will present practical tools for ethical decision-making. "These tools will not tell you exactly what to do when you face the sorts of trade-offs alluded to above, " McLemore writes, "but theyshould sensitize you to some of the ethical subtleties you may encounter in your work and, thus, help you steer clear of trouble." The second section of STREET-SMART ETHICS contains fifty guidelines for prudent conduct that come from the Old Testament book of Proverbs. These are guidelines that can help you know how to guard against a whole host of ethical problems. The third section is a series of ethical brainteasers, most of which are complex problems that don't lend themselves to quick and easy answers. They will require you to think a great deal about the problems so that you are able to articulate why you would choose one alternative over another, identify all relevant ethical considerations inherent in each problem, and justify your decision-making process. With accessible, engaging writing and a lack of insider language and textbook jargon, this is a book that anyone involved in today's complex business world will want to keep in his or her briefcase or desk drawer. It will also be incredibly useful for courses on ethics in business schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries, and will find use in Christian business groups and church study courses.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780664226282
    • Manufacturer: Westminster Pr
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780664226282
    • ISBN 10: 0664226280
    • Publication Date: 02/01/2003
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Clinton W. McLemore
    • Page Count: 186
    • Width: 6.02 inches
    • Height: 0.54 inches
    • Length: 9.16 inches
    • Weight: 0.63 pounds
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