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

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By Robert C. Solomon

Is company ethics a contradiction in phrases? totally now not, says Robert Solomon. in truth, he keeps that sound ethics is an important precondition of any long term organization, and that excellence in enterprise needs to exist at the beginning of values that the majority folks carry pricey. Drawing on 20 years of expertise consulting with significant companies on ethics, Solomon clarifies the tough moral offerings everybody in company face. He makes use of an "Aristotelian" method of remind readers corporation--like an individual--is embedded in a group, and that company values resembling equity and honesty are meaningless till remodeled into motion. with no base of shared values, belief and mutual merits, modern-day nationwide and overseas company international may crumble. based on his conviction that advantage and revenue needs to thrive jointly, Solomon either examines the ways that poor values really damage 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 enterprise state of affairs, this compelling instruction manual includes a gold mine of knowledge for both the small enterprise supervisor or the company govt suffering from moral matters.

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He is Aaron Feuerstein, who was and is CEO of Maiden Mills, a textile company in Massachusetts. Just before Christmas 1995, a fire destroyed the manufacturing plant in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and three thousand employees were put out of work. Feuerstein announced that he would keep all of them on payroll while the business was being rebuilt, and in January, and again in February, he continued to pay them and assure them of jobs. 12 Feuerstein is not the usual candidate for business hero. " He is just a very successful businessman and human being.

How readily columnists for The Nation or The Progressive would agree with that comparison. " He was known for his cruelty, for causing widespread death and destruction. He himself evidently took considerable delight in crushing babies and murdering pregnant women. He openly encouraged vandalism, meaning not graffiti and a few smashed windows but the looting, burning, and murder of whole cities. (The word "vandalism" refers to the Vandals, a tribe with whom Attila early allied himself. L. Fisher writes of them, "The Vandals were savages.

Games also tend to be circumscribed in a way that business is not. In football, there is a clear distinction between the players and the spectators. This is precisely what is not so clear in business. In a business society, like it or not, we are all players. There is too much at stake for too many people to think of business as merely a game. In finance, in particular, transactions too easily seem like games because of the level of abstraction of the activity. ) It takes some imagination and attention to appreciate the effects of market speculation and fiscal policies on flesh-and-blood people.

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