By Robert C. Solomon
Is company ethics a contradiction in phrases? completely now not, says Robert Solomon. in reality, he keeps that sound ethics is an important precondition of any long term service provider, and that excellence in enterprise needs to exist at the beginning of values that the majority people carry pricey. Drawing on 20 years of expertise consulting with significant organisations on ethics, Solomon clarifies the tough moral offerings every body in company face. He makes use of an "Aristotelian" method of remind readers corporation--like an individual--is embedded in a neighborhood, and that company values akin to equity and honesty are meaningless until eventually reworked into motion. with out a base of shared values, belief and mutual advantages, present day nationwide and foreign enterprise international might collapse. in line with his conviction that advantage and revenue needs to thrive jointly, Solomon either examines the ways that poor values really smash companies, and debunks the pervasive myths that inspire unethical enterprise practices. whole with a operating catalog of virtues designed to demonstrate the significance of integrity in any enterprise state of affairs, this compelling instruction manual incorporates a gold mine of knowledge for both the small company supervisor or the company govt suffering from moral matters.
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With all of the celebration of change, we are too prone to ignore what really endures. Stability, not innovation alone, makes companies and their people secure and successful. How Not to Think About Business 27 Abstract Greed Money's easy to make if it's money you want. But with a few exceptions people don't want money. They want luxury and they want love and they want admiration. —John Steinbeck, East of Eden In the 1987 Oliver Stone film Wall Street, Michael Douglas (playing the fictional Gordon Gekko) delivered a particularly concise formulation of what many people, in retrospect, thought was wrong with that whole decade.
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A Better Way to Think About Business: How Personal Integrity Leads to Corporate Success by Robert C. Solomon