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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (February 11, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688070620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688070625
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Addressing moral dilemmas in a time of influence peddling, insider trading and city-hall scandals, Blanchard (The One Minute Manager) and Peale (The Power of Positive Thinking) offer guidance in the form of a parable: a sales manager being pressed for results interviews a hot job candidate who promises that, if hired, he will disclose trade secrets of his former employer, a competitor. The sales manager agonizes over the ethics of the situation and seeks counsel with friends as well as a consultant who gradually puts things right with the help of an "ethics check" and "five principles of ethical power." The manager goes on to discover how company honesty and good feeling can be developed, with ensuing business success and profitability. The authors have produced a quick, inspirational read, with encouragement for those whose principles are at risk in business.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Peale and Blanchard encourage managers to confront ethical dilemmas in this short, very readable book. Much as Blanchard did in The One Minute Manager , they use the parable format, focusing initially on a hiring issue for a manager in a high-tech company in which many common ethical problems emerge. The authors present a three-question check list for dealing with ethical issues in organizations and encourage top management to empower managers to think and act ethically by implementing a simple system of five principles of ethical power. Recommended for general collections. Jane M. Kathman, Coll. of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book will be used as a resource in our leadership library.
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I bought the book back in the late 1980s and am still refering to it even in my retirement!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2000
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For those who feel alone in a sea of ehtical dilemnas, this book will make you feel like you are in good company and not alone. I have worked hard to earn my way up the ladder, only to be struck down by those who made it by simply getting into the good 'ol boy club.
Ken Blannchard's book is the lighthouse in the fog of unethical practice and behavior. This book sheds light on the real value of ethics and that getting ahead at any cost is not the norm.
Ethics in the workplace is a practical and valiant 'goal', excuse me, 'road' to travel. I was amazed at how this book described my own workplace to a "T". This book inspired me to continue to travel the ethical road I held (and still hold) in high regard.
I have read many of Ken Blanchard's books and he uses the method to teach by using real world scenarios. This particular book reads fast, but the concepts stay with you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jaclyn W. on March 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have just finished reading "The Power of Ethical Management," and I thought it was well written. In the past few weeks I have read several other books on business ethics and this one is my favorite. It is short and exact with great details on how to improve your corporation as well as yourself. This book not only can be applied to the work place but in your life at home, family, friends, and children. This book has helped me greatly!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Dodd on April 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Simply one of the best (if not THE best), most enjoyable, and most entertaining books on ethics, morality, character, and leadership.
This short and easy to read masterpiece by two of the most influential business and spiritual thinkers of our time should be required reading for all managers and leaders in any organization - business, family, government, military, etc. The stories and situations used to teach the many commonsense (but unfortunately not common practice) lessons are real and recognizable to everyone. The power and wisdom behind the three "Ethics Check" questions and the "Five P's of Ethical Power" for individuals and organizations are priceless.
If you ever wondered why some people and organizations make such a big deal about ethics, read this book and you will wonder why more people and organizations do not make ethics their top priority.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have found this book, while easily readable, carries a lot of weight because of its emphasis on personal value systems and how they apply to our professional life. I appreciate the storyline and can easily apply his words to my own life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Thorp on March 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book will be used as a resource in our leadership library. Excellent, short, to the point leadership book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happy Chappy VINE VOICE on June 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This review covers The Power of Ethical Management, by Kenneth Blanchard (author of The One Minute Manager) and Norman Vincent Peale (author of The Power of Positive Thinking). The book is written in the form of a parable regarding a manager who must decide if he should hire a competitor's employee, knowing that the competitor's employee has offered to bring a disc containing secrets from the competitor. The protagonist in this book must grapple with the need to succeed - especially with the pressure from his boss - versus the need to conduct himself in an ethical manner. The authors suggest that an individual follow three pronged "Ethics Check" questions to determine whether or not one' conduct is ethical: 1) Is it legal? 2) Is it balanced? 3) How will it make me feel about myself. The third prong of the question is also known as the person in the mirror test. Can you look yourself in the eyes in the mirror and be proud of your actions and your decisions? If so, this means that you have acted in an ethical fashion. The other method to assure that you are acting in an ethical fashion is to follow what the authors have entitled the Five P's of Ethical Power. The Five P's are: 1) Purpose; 2) Pride; 3) Patience; 4) Persistence; and 5) Perspective. The Five P's of Ethical Power hold true both for individuals and for organizations. In holding with the Five P's of Ethical Power, managers and leaders should learn to treat their employees as important components of the organizations success. The book covers the proper approach to evaluating employee performance, stating that managers and supervisors should coach their employees everyday so that an annual or semi-annual is not just a list of poor performance, rather an interactive process by which the employee may work to improve everyday.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Hooper on September 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
An easy read with great wisdom. Every individual should read this book, even the nominal employee as it has insight regarding moral decision-making in and out of the workplace.
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The world would be such a better place if ethics would be given more than basic lip service in corporations. We see this now with executives of companies where taxpayer dollars kept them from going bankrupt continuing to get lavish bonuses, sometimes when it is known that it is their shortsighted decisions that led to the problems. While ethical dilemmas often arise where there is no real correct pathway, in reality they are rather rare. Most ethical difficulties present two or more clear options, where the end results are obvious and the relative values of the choices evident.
Blanchard and Peale set down what is a simple set of five principles of ethical power.

*) Purpose - "I am always able to face myself in the mirror and feel good about myself."
*) Pride - "I feel good about myself and don't need the acceptance of others to feel important."
*) Patience - "I believe that things will work out in the end and I must think long rather than short-term."
*) Persistence - "I stick to my purpose, especially when it is inconvenient to do so."
*) Perspective - "I take time to enter each day in a mood of quiet reflection."

The story is presented as a situation where a mid-level manager is interviewing a potential hire, only to have the interviewee pull out a disk and offer up the complete customer database of a major competitor. If the person is hired, the database will give the company a significant advantage, but that advantage will be based on the use of stolen property. Furthermore, if hired, the new employee cannot be trusted, as they would have to be carefully watched to determine if they are stealing the customer data from them.
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