Moral Courage

Moral Courage - 2. Scan for values 3. Stand for conscience...

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The fantasy seems to be that if up-and-coming accountants just knew a little more about ethics, then they would know better than to falsify their reports so as to drive up the value of the company stock. But sheer ignorance is seldom the moral problem. More knowledge is not what is needed. Take it from Kierkegaard: “The moral challenge is simply to abide by the knowledge we already have.” -- Gordon Marino, Chronicle of Higher Education, (20 Feb 2004: B5)
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Moral Courage Marriott School of Management Brigham Young University
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What is Moral Courage? Courage : quality of mind that enables one to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness and without fear. What is moral courage?
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Elements of Moral Courage AWARENESS OF DANGER WILLINGNESS TO ENDURE COMMITMENT TO MORAL PRINCIPLES MORAL COURAGE
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What is Moral Courage? A commitment to MORAL principles An awareness of the DANGER involved A willingness to ENDURE that danger
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Moral Courage Checklist 1. Assess the situation
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Scan for values 3. Stand for conscience 4. Contemplate the dangers 5. Endure the hardship 6. Avoid the pitfalls 7. Develop moral courage Assess the Situation What motives make me want to act? What inhibitions would keep me from acting? What risks do I perceive? Am I the one most suited for the action? Am I prepared to endure the consequences? Scan for Values How pervasive is the lack of values (is the problem)? If there are multiple values conflicting, will that shape your response? Failure to act: trivial or significant? Am I clear on my own values? What values characterize my situation? Institute for Global Ethics Boils down to five basic values: Honesty Responsibility Respect Fairness Compassion Moral courage is the courage to uphold those values Stand for Conscience We tend to focus on one or two key values Stand for Conscience We tend to focus on one or two key values-- what if they conflict?...
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course BUS M 390 taught by Professor Loriwadsworth during the Fall '10 term at BYU.

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Moral Courage - 2. Scan for values 3. Stand for conscience...

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