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1st Edition

Exercising Your Ethics
Bringing Moral Strength to Business

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ISBN 9781032009377
September 20, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 165 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Through a witty and engaging style, this book is for anyone who has a job (employees, managers, and leaders), and who wants to do the right thing, but aren’t always sure what that means, how to go about it, or how to withstand the forces that push all of us away from being ethical. By poking fun at the ironies and hypocrisies of human behavior, Exercising Your Ethics prompts readers to leverage techniques that can help us become more deliberate about choosing value-driven actions. In a world that seems to reward winning, regardless of how it is achieved, we need a clearer reason for wanting to be and become our best selves.

This approach to business ethics is innovative, fresh, and evocative in that the serious subject is treated in an informal and adventurous manner, poking fun at the ironies and hypocrisies of human behavior. Readers will see how our race to achieve quarterly profits, combined with a self-indulgent consumption-based economy, has shaped our entire lives. Readers will delight in the book’s humor, as the ironies of human interaction prompt introspection to consider how to better equip oneself with the knowledge, tools, and techniques to engage in and support others in the path to moral action at work.

Bringing Ethics to Work explains business ethics in a way that is engaging, understandable and enables the reader to recognise behaviors in themselves and others. It is ideal for adult education (students in undergraduate, Masters, or professional degree programs) and training within organizational settings (employees, management, and future leaders). HR professionals, team leaders, professional coaches, and organizational ethics trainers will find the book particularly insightful and useful.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Let the Good Times Roll

1. Business Ethics Is an Oxymoron

2. It’s All About You

3. Use Your Power

4. Look Around

5. R-E-S-P-E-C-T

6.  Money Before Morality

7. Don’t Lie to Me

8. Trust Us

9. The Challenge

10. Your Workout Routine

11. Get a Posse

12. Building Strength

Gratitude: Life’s a Team Sport

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Leslie E. Sekerka’s teaching and scholarship takes a uniquely proactive approach to applied ethics. She is a Professor Emeritus of Business Ethics, and the founding Director of the Ethics in Action Center at Menlo College, located in Silicon Valley. Her interest in adult moral development stems from her work in industry, the military, and academia, intertwining practice and empirical research to create effective management programs. Her books on moral development and competency range from Ethics Training in Action and Ethics is a Daily Deal for adult learners, to the Being a Better Bear book series for children. She works with business and government leaders on emerging ethical issues, helping them develop and sustain an ethical culture in different circumstances and organizational settings. She is known globally as a business ethics specialist, providing workshops to help advance employees’ moral competencies and build ethical leadership at every level.