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The Ethics Challenge: Strengthening Your Integrity in a Greedy World [Kindle Edition]

Bob Stone , Mick Ukleja
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The newspapers are packed with stories of unethical politicians, rule-breaking players, sleazy CEOs, cheating students. What’s a person to think? Perhaps you really do have to cheat to win. Perhaps you need to shade the truth to get ahead. Good people hear that “everybody does it,” and wonder.

Wonder no more. This breezy, story-filled guide 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. It prepares people to stick to their basic values in the face of ethical challenges they meet every day.

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""Please read The Ethics Challenge. Please act on it. Your professional and family life alikeliterally depend on it. Bravo!"" -- Tom Peters """"uber-guru of management"" (The Economist)""

About the Author

Bob Stone served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installations, where he radically decentralized authority, cut regulations, fostered excellence, and got into occasional hot water. He then led the White House effort to reinvent government. His Confessions of a Civil Servant: Lessons in Changing America's Government and Military, has been praised by senior aides to Presidents, by chiefs of the army, air force, and navy, and by the chairmen of Motorola, Harley Davidson, and TRW. Tom Peters calls the book ""maybe the best text ever on large-scale organizational change. Anywhere."" He is an internationally known author and speaker on ethical leadership, on leading change, and on reinventing government. He serves on the Governing Council of the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at California State University, Long Beach, and teaches business ethics at the University of Redlands. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from MIT.


Mick Ukleja is president of Leadershiptraq, a leadership-consulting firm. He helped found the Ukleja Center For Ethical Leadership at California State University, Long Beach, the second largest university in the state. His recent book, Who Are You And What Do You Want? Four Questions That Will Change Your Life, has been praised by legendary coach John Wooden and many prominent leaders and CEOs. Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager, writes in the Foreword, ""This book is powerful. If you can answer the questions in a thoughtful way, you'll come out a better person, because you'll know who you are, what you're doing, and what's going to guide your journey."" He works with entrepreneurs and CEOs, and chairs the Board of Trustees of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation at the Kennedy Space Center, which oversees the Center for Space Education. He holds a B.A. in philosophy, a master's in Semitic languages, and a Ph.D. in theology.

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  • File Size: 292 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (August 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q3RJ6U
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read July 27, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I thought that the format was perfect for the topic. The statements of principles were short, clear, and direct, and the numerous examples were appropriate and pertinent. The chapters were paced well and flowed easily. Ethics is a daunting topic, but the authors made it accessible and readable.

But for me, the best part of the book was the admission that sometimes, doing good has no reward other than the knowledge that you have done the right thing. Most books I have read that are directed to this book's target audience promote doing well by doing good. There is generally a "cash value" for doing the right thing, or at the very least, one is never too put out for behaving correctly. Maybe we're used to the idea of being rewarded for doing good. After all, we are taught that if we behave down here, we'll get a halo and a harp up there.

The Ethics Challenge is, well, more challenging. More sobering. Yet better and ultimately more rewarding. Maybe we're not just schnooks for giving the cashier back the miscalculated change she tendered, amidst the snickers of our chums. Maybe following our instincts is justified after all. The book's conclusion makes its case successfully. We do know right from wrong, so there's really no excuse for not choosing the ethical option. Because it's the right thing to do.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Ethics Challenge does a good job of differentiating between Laws, Ethics and Rules. It does well in summarizing the three major theories of ethics: Utilitarianism ("an action is ethical if its consequence is to increase total human happiness"); Rule-based ("how would it be if everybody in the world did this?") and Virtue (based on the Golden Rule). Unfortunately, it doesn't explain this until the Appendix. Rather the narrative offers that "Ethics is obedience to the unenforceable." Which is not abundantly clear.

To help, each chapter addresses particular ethical situations such as "Cheaters Never Win," "Ethics for Bosses," and "Telling Truth to Power." Each is capped with useful summarizing bullet points, along the lines of:

- Ethics for Bosses: The only perk you get that nobody else gets is being the boss: nothing else.
- If you're a knowledge worker, you're being paid to use your head: that requires telling the boss what you really think.
- Give, accept, or exchange gifts only with loved ones.

I picked that last one especially on purpose. Because it demonstrates how sometimes rigid are the thinking and conclusions presented. Really, it seems as though in order to be ethical we need to give up all common sense, civility, courtesy, respect, generosity and appreciation of others. The authors actually say "Don't accept a gift from someone you don't give gifts to, and don't give gifts to someone who doesn't give them to you--except your family." I don't know if there really is such a Texas law, but this sounds an awful lot like "When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone."

It's a good and timely topic. There is valuable insight. It's an easy read and offers some lightness and good story-telling along the way. It does give useful advice. But I very much suggest thinking about that advice hard before implementing it.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think July 14, 2013
By Ptloma
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Thought provoking and easy reading, it definitely helps you look into what makes up our ethical make-up and are we really as ethically strong as we want to believe we are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ethics and The Golden Rule October 7, 2012
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Authors Stone and Ukleja break down the complexities of ethics so pervasive in many books by relying on a universal principle: The Golden Rule. Treating others as one would expect to be treated is what it takes to live morally. At times, we face challenges that shadow that fine line between right and wrong. How do we choose? The Ethics Challenge shows you how in six action steps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than textbooks about ethics! July 27, 2010
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Having been assigned other ethics reading in business school, most texts were dry, disconnected to the real world and esoteric in the main. "The Ethics Challenges" discusses the realities we face in our personal and business lives in conversational tones and easy to understand dilemmas or decisions. Thanks for making ethics relevant!
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