The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behavior: 45 Psychological Traps That Every One of Us Falls Prey To

The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behavior: 45 Psychological Traps That Every One of Us Falls Prey To

The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behavior: 45 Psychological Traps That Every One of Us Falls Prey To

The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behavior: 45 Psychological Traps That Every One of Us Falls Prey To

Synopsis

In this book, Hoyk and Hersey describe 45 "unethical traps" into which any one of us can fall. These traps, they say, can erupt in any organizational environment. Some of these traps distort our perception of right and wrong- so we actually believe our unethical behavior is right. Many of them are psychological in nature, and if we are not aware of them they are like illusions- webs of deception. In the authors' analysis, these traps significantly contributed to the large-scale corporate disasters we witnessed in recent years.

Hoyk and Hersey take account of these realities and offer a "real-world" method that will predict, preclude, and, if necessary, "get us out of" these traps. Given the increased scrutiny under which all executives and mangers operate today, this book is a 'must read' for anyone who is charged with achieving an organization's mission- whether that mission is increasing profit, serving the common good, or both.

Excerpt

YOU ARE ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES— you picked up this book! The favor you can do for yourself is to run to the checkout stand (or click and point on-screen), invest your hard-earned money, and buy it. Here’s why:

On each and every page you’ll find out why we all from time to time have acted in unethical ways. Perhaps knowingly, perhaps not. At the end of the day, it all boils down to how acting unethically ultimately effects or infects our self-esteem and self-worth.

ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL, Erin’s cell phone rang (go figure). Her best friend had just broken up with her boyfriend, and she asked Erin to skip the first class of the day to comfort her. Reluctantly, Erin agreed, and they met at the local coffee house. Erin, a 4.0 GPA student and senior class president, was promptly busted, which led to a three-day suspension and a request from the school principal to step down from the position of class president because of her unethical behavior. On top of that, her parents pulled her cell phone for four weeks and grounded her for the same period of time (four weeks is like a lifetime to a teenager).

AN ETHICAL TRAP OF SORTS

What happened to Erin on her way to school happens to each and every one of us each and every day—we find ourselves in a trap of . . .

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