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5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential book on Business Ethics!, April 27, 2009
This review is from: Essentials of Business Ethics: Creating an Organization of High Integrity and Superior Performance (Paperback)
"Essentials of Business Ethics" may well be essential, but it goes far beyond the basic fundamentals, and it's nothing short of a must-read book for any CEO, HR Manager, business professional, or ordinary person who's concerned with the recent avalanche of scandals and dishonesty in corporate America and wants to make a difference in his/her community. But what makes this particular book so different from other business ethics books? For starters, it's not a "preachy" book that reads like a sermon for executives, nor is it an obscure philosophical treatise reminiscent of an insomnia prescription-strength doctoral dissertation. It is a book that's easy to read but at the same time thought-provoking and meaningful. More importantly, it's a book you can use, because it's full of practical applications essential to any organization.

Take the diversity chapter, for example: Instead of being all theory and no action, the book offers a clear 10-step process that organizations can use to implement diversity initiatives. There are also compelling arguments for implementing such intiatives, specific solutions to a multitude of diversity training problems, and numerous exercises that can be used as part of diversity training. The references are so current, some of the sources used are only months old! That's only one out of a dozen chapters, mind you. The book covers a wide variety of important topics, including ways of preventing ethical hazards, providing effective training on ethics, integrating ethics in hiring and performance appraisals, empowering and rewarding integrity in the workplace, considering environmental issues, building a reputation for impeccably ethical practices, and many more!

It's clear that I'm enthusiastic about this book, because I believe in the clear and present difference it can make for businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and others. I've read Denis Collins's previous book on Enron (Behaving Badly), and heard him speak on public radio before. I didn't know at the time that he was an internationally acclaimed expert on business ethics, on the editorial board of several prestigious journals in the field, and someone who truly believes in and lives by the ethical principles he advocates.

"Essentials of Business Ethics" is a book long overdue; a compelling, provocative call to action and an invaluable how-to manual on workplace ethics. It is certain to help organizations both prevent and tackle important ethical dilemmas and challenges at a time of dire need for a new direction!
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