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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Rev Upd edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061743992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061743993
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A thought-provoking guide to enlightened and progressive personal behavior.” (Jimmy Carter)

“A brilliant analysis that squarely faces all the issues and can be grasped by the thoughtful nonspecialist.” (Kirkus Reviews)

From the Back Cover

Should you take a much-needed vacation or save money for the kids' education? Protect the endangered owl or maintain jobs for loggers? Have a heart-to-heart with a lying employee or fire him on the spot?

All of us face ethical choices. Sometimes they're easy: One side is wrong and the other is right. But how do we handle the really tough "right vs. right" dilemmas, where each side has strong moral arguments and we can't do both? This book helps us build Ethical Fitness®—a values-based decision-making process so definitive that it's now a registered trade mark.

Rushworth M. Kidder, founder of the Institute for Global Ethics, teaches us how to think for ourselves in order to resolve ethical dilemmas ranging from the intimately personal to the broadly philosophical. Unique in its approach and rich with illustrative anecdotes—updated with examples of real-world conflicts from today's political realm and from Dr. Kidder's own observations—How Good People Make Tough Choices is an indispensable resource for spotting, understanding, and resolving our toughest decisions.


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Prior to founding the Institute for Global Ethics in Camden, Maine, and London, England, Rushworth M. Kidder, Ph.D., was a senior columnist for the Christian Science Monitor. For the past fifteen years he has worked to refine the guidelines for ethical decision making through the institute's mission of research, public discourse, and practical action. Kidder leads seminars, gives keynote speeches, and conducts interviews with global leaders. He is an award-winning author of eight books on subjects ranging from twentieth-century poetry to the global ethical future and is a trustee of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. He serves on the advisory board of the Kenan Ethics Center at Duke University, the advisory council of the Character Education Partnership, and the advisory board of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on public television. In addition to his weekly columns for the institute's Ethics Newsline, Kidder's op-ed pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe. He lives with his family in Lincolnville, Maine.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By h.v.kellybrilliant on August 13, 2010
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ethics from a brilliant philosopher :makes the subject come alive: applies it to everyday issues.
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The late Rushworth Kidder, who founded the Institute for Global Ethics, wrote this and "Moral Courage" - both of which I have read and use regularly, and buy to give as training "prizes" (if the recipients are ethically allowed to accept!) in ethics training in the meetings & hospitality industry.

Highly recommended.
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His content is great but he tends to have to much language so his message becomes unclear. He gives great examples and expounds on them.
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Good coverage of the subject, well illustrated with many examples.
It is easy to read, but sometimes a little repetitive and much success stories.
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This is the book my ethics class is based on. This author knows his subject well and I enjoyed reading the real-life scenarios presented. We have all faced right vs. right situations in our lives and this was very informative and though provoking.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By turkeyslayer on January 6, 2014
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I like the first portion of this book; however, the more I read the less I liked it. The author is trying to write about leadership principles, which she introduces just fine. Then as the book continues her examples are not well thought out and they are presented like there were either or choices when in reality there would be many more choices. And then the author starts to put her political agenda and ideas into the book. The author ruined what started out as a good book.
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