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"Please read The Ethics Challenge.
Please act on it. Your professional and family life alike
literally depend on it. Bravo!"
Peters, "uber-guru of management" (Economist)
"When you read The Ethics Challenge,
you'll see that ethics is alive and well in america.
Mick have written an important book for today's leaders."
coauthor of The One
"Clearly articulates what's gone wrong and what
we need to do to get back on the right ethics track."
-Robert A. Eckert,
Chairman/CEO, Mattel, Inc.
"This book will enrich the lives of its readers
and transform everyone around them."
35th governor of California
"Brings virtue to life with stories and parables
that should be read by everyone."
Howard, author of Life
Without Lawyers & The Death of Common Sense
"The Ethics Challenge
will help leaders strengthen their core ethical behavior and
develop personally and professionally."
-Dr. Charles B. Reed,
Chancellor, California State University System
THE ETHICS CHALLENGE?
newspapers (and our blog
) are full of unethical politicians; the sports
pages full of rule-breaking players and parents; the business
news full of sleazy companies and greedy CEOs; the education pages full
of students who cheat on exams. What’s a person to
Perhaps you really do have to cheat to win. Perhaps you need
shade the truth to get ahead. Good people hear that
“everybody does it,” and wonder.
Read THE ETHICS
CHALLENGE: Strengthening Your Integrity in a Greedy
and wonder no more. This breezy,
story-filled guide to becoming a
more ethical person explains why ethical behavior is a winning
strategy, then lays out six things everyone can do to keep strong and
to follow their good intentions:
your purpose: Clarity of purpose leads to clarity of conduct. If
you’re not clear about your non-negotiable values
unclear when faced with ethical uncertainty.
your excuses: “It’s not my fault.”
didn’t have time.” Everybody else was doing
is human nature to make excuses, but our excuses deprive us of the
opportunity to learn from our mistakes. Two minutes of brutal honesty
can save months of regret.
your moods: It’s easy, especially in pressure situations, to
our moods master us. The more pressure we are under, the more likely we
are to violate our own sense of what’s right. First be aware
our moods, especially under pressure. Then harness them.
on integrity: Everyone has an integrity gap—the distance
what we say we believe and how we actually behave. The key is to
continually be growing in integrity so that the gap lessens and our
beliefs and our behaviors come closer to alignment. The successful
person is intentional about closing the integrity gap.
trust: Act in a trustworthy way and trust others to do the
same—until you have a good reason not to. The Golden Rule
in the area of trust as well.
Self-differentiation is clarity about who you are as distinct from
those to whom you’re connected. Failure to self-differentiate
promotes group-think, the careless willingness to let the group do your
thinking for you. Don’t ignore the group, but be aware enough
know where the group ends and we begin.