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Interaction Paper: Maxwell’s Business Ethics 1 Interaction Paper: Maxwell’s Business Ethics Tien Do MGT 501 Spring 2011 Professor Ingram Texas A&M University Commerce
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Interaction Paper: Maxwell’s Business Ethics 2 In my opinion, ethics become very complicated and challenging when putting in business settings. When I was experienced with ethical dilemma at work, I struggled and desperately need helps to find good solutions. As I read through John Maxwell’s Business Ethics book, I was very fond of the idea that one rule is only needed to make ethical decisions (Maxwell, 2003). I agreed with Maxwell that the golden-rule can the solution to deal with ethical dilemma; however, I was more concerned with how to apply this rule. In fact, to my understanding, the golden rule is not just a method or solution; it is a way of living. The golden rule is not a totally foreign idea; yet not practicing it signifies me that there are some barriers to overcome. From my personal experiences and readings, I think to truly live by the golden rule, one need to build faith, have a supporting environment and develop a strong character. The golden rule and many guidelines to achieve ethical excellence discussed in the books are not so strange ideas to me. In fact, treating people the same way you like to be treated, taking responsibility for your actions, knowing your weaknesses, or admitting wrong doing and ask for forgiveness… are the very first lessons I was taught from my parents, in school and from religious readings. I learned to use words such as “thank you”, “sorry” and “please, forgive me” before I knew how to write and read them. I had choirs around the house and was expected to be responsible for my own works and study. Just like any other children, I got punished if I treat people poorly or dishonestly. Therefore, these ideas not only have been introduced to me but also have been reinforced time after time over the period of more than twenty years of my life. Yet, as I read through the book, I could recall many circumstances at works when I failed to follow these guidelines and committed poorly ethical decisions. Pleasure, pride, pressure, power, and priority can be main influences diverting our intentions from ethics (Maxwell, 2003). Understanding ethical principles and knowing they are
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Interaction Paper: Maxwell’s Business Ethics 3 the right things to do, yet still failing to follow them made me ponder on the big question: Why? John Maxwell does provide his answer which I found to be true causes. As I grew up, besides morality lessons, I also was also introduced and got acquainted with the concept of pleasure, pride, pressure, power, and priority. Transitioning from an innocent child into a grown-up, like everyone else, I began to learn how to judge choices and make decisions along toddling steps I took to walk into the adult world. Besides personal morality shaped by family and education, I have to consider other thing such as pressure to be financially sufficient, desire to be successful
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2011 for the course MGT 501 taught by Professor Sda during the Spring '11 term at Bina Nusantara University.

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