Ethical Decision Making: How to Make Ethical Decisions in 5 Steps
What is ethical? Decision making can be hard enough but when we have to consider ethics and decision making we can tie ourselves up so tight we stop making decisions entirely. Here is a short guide to help you through the ethics maze and make effective decisions.
Consider this - is it ethical that CEO's get paid salaries hundreds
of times greater than their most junior employees? You could argue
a CEO contributes more to the overall wealth and health of the company
and should be appropriately rewarded, however, others may say it
is an unfair, indefensible abuse of power. I guess your answer depends
how far up the management food chain you are!
Could you comfortably explain your decision to your mother? To the man in the street? On television? If not, you may have to re-think your decision before you take action.
5. Just Do It - but what did you learn?
Once you've made the decision, then don't waste time in implementing it. Set a date to review your decision and make adjustments if necessary. Often decisions are made with the best information to hand at the time, but things change, and your decision making needs to be flexible enough to change too. Even a complete about face may be the most appropriate action further down the track.
Ethical decision making is a tricky business, but you can make more palatable, workable decisions if you follow these 5 simple steps.
Citation Information: Swinton, Lyndsay. " Ethical Decision Making: How to Make Ethical Decisions in 5 Steps." Mftrou.com. 21 February 2007. < http://www.mftrou.com/ethical-decision-making.html >.blog comments powered by Disqus
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