1st Edition

Exercising Your Ethics Bringing Moral Strength to Business

By Leslie E. Sekerka Copyright 2022
    398 Pages 165 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    398 Pages 165 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Through a witty and engaging style the author invites readers to consider their character authenticity at work. The book is for people who want to do the right thing, but may not be sure what that means, how to go about it, or how to withstand the forces that may push them away from wanting to be ethical. 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. Poking fun at the ironies and hypocrisies of human behavior, Exercising Your Ethics prompts you to leverage techniques that will help you become more deliberate about choosing value-driven actions.

    Exercising Your Ethics explains the messy business of workplace ethics in a way that is relatable and relevant. Readers will learn to build moral strength and encourage its development in others, while also recognizing moral vulnerability traps. It is an ideal resource for adult business education and training in academic or organizational settings. Educators, HR professionals, team leaders, coaches, and trainers will find the book a guide for competency development and as a way to prompt reflective discourse.

    Illustrator Ralph Underhill produces cartoons for a diverse number of social and environmental movements. He has a particular interest in using artistic communications to motivate positive change.

    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. Your Challenge

    10. Your Workout Routine

    11. Get a Posse

    12. Building Your Strength

    Gratitude: Life’s a Team Sport


    Leslie E. Sekerka takes a uniquely proactive approach to her teaching and scholarship. She is a Professor Emeritus of Business Ethics and 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 business, the military, and academia, intertwining practice and empirical research to create effective management education. Her books on moral development include Ethics Is a Daily Deal for adult learners and the Being a Better Bear book series for children. She works with business and government leaders on emerging ethical issues, helping to create and sustain organizational ethical cultures that build and sustain moral strength.