Cancel anytime. What should you do if a single parent on your staff is falling behind in his or her work? How should you respond if you are offered an opportunity at work solely because of your race or gender? This is a book about work choices and life choices, and the critical points, or defining moments, at which the two become one. A refreshing antidote to traditional feel-good, inspirational business ethics, it examines the right-versus-right conflicts that every business manager faces and presents an unorthodox yet practical way for you to think about and resolve them.
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Defining moments : when managers must choose between right and right Defining moments : When managers must choose between right and right By Joseph Badaracco This author who is a Harvard Professor has done a remarkable job discussing ethics in business world. I have been reading some his latest works and eventually ended up with this book reverse chronology. To me, this is one of his best books.
Pathos is that, he cites quite a number of stories from western mythology but did not present any examples from east missing out on equally evocative and elaborate choices. What I liked about his basic theme is that, ethics when it manifests as action, is anything but straight forward.
I concur with him that real world problems seldom lend themselves for such direct shooting. The path is nebulous, methods may be at times questionable and yet we have to soldier on. Prof Badarcco has quoted Machiavelli, Aristotle, Nietzsche and host of other philosophers aptly to get his message across. He takes up 3 cases in the increasing order of complexity - how can a Harvard Prof do something without a case study?. He does not tell the entire story in one go, but pauses, explains a bit more on the nuances and later towards the end of the book, he really tells the final outcome of all the three cases.
They are all well thought out. But, he adds ruefully, they are the final and visible part of the complex political, psychological and administrative process. To think otherwise is to mistake an exclamation point for a sentence that precedes it. They are the crucibles of character. How afraid are you to soil your hands? All right, stay pure. What good it will do? Purity is an idea for monk or yogi. To do nothing, to remain motionless, arms at your side, wearing kid gloves.
Well I have dirty hands. I have plunged them in to filth and blood. But what do you hope? Do you think you can govern innocently? Also, he talks about a portion of brain that handles moral issues. He refers to an accident of a railroad worker Circa: , Phineas Gage. An explosion drove an iron rod in to his left cheek through the base of skull and out on the top of the head.
Miraculously, he survived. His mental abilities were intact, but his character did not remain the same. Before accident he was a reputable, hard working family person, but after accident, he became undisciplined and foul mouthed. Apparently, the accident has destroyed the parts of brain that govern morality. Author cities other episodes in the same company like Zomax and concludes it is more an exception. Lady Macbeth could not sleep at night since she conspired with her husband to kill many political rivals and in that process murdered her own sleep.
But then, responsible people lie awake precisely because they have done the right thing. I enjoyed both the views. Trouble is that, it is essentially post event. Secondly, I think, if one is adept in self reconciliation, some kind of rationalization can be made almost for any action. He killed two police officers.
Another Case: A boy murders his parents and pleads the court to be lenient because he is an orphan now! Very rarely, people are at fault in their own eyes. In terms of number pages, it is a puny one pages , but it is a heavy duty book in the sense, it would force you to examine some of your past decisions, path taken so far, and also what path would you want to take?.
Oh God, then the loss of innocence is real if the job is well done. Thanks for reading thus far.
Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose Between Right and Right
Defining moments : when managers must choose between right and right Defining moments : When managers must choose between right and right By Joseph Badaracco This author who is a Harvard Professor has done a remarkable job discussing ethics in business world. I have been reading some his latest works and eventually ended up with this book reverse chronology. To me, this is one of his best books. Pathos is that, he cites quite a number of stories from western mythology but did not present any examples from east missing out on equally evocative and elaborate choices.
Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose between Right and Right
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