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THE POTTER BOX Make the Decision (or start over) DEFINE THE SITUATION Define the ethical situation or dilemma. Look at it in detail, and from points of view other than your own. As the case develops, recognize that additional insights may cause you to adjust your selections in other quadrants of the Potter Box. You may have to return to this quadrant and go through the cycle again. IDENTIFY THE VALUES Identify the values – beliefs that define what you stand for. Values are helpful in rationalizing or defending your behavior. They are standards of choice through which persons and groups seek consistency in our values. Some values are instrumental, or desirable modes of conduct. Others are terminal, or end results. IDENTIFY THE PRINCIPLES Don’t moralize, or give inconsistent, dogmatic, ad hoc advice. Use moral philosophy instead, giving general, consistent advice drawn from the wisdom of the ages. The ethical principles, as laid down by philosophers, should illuminate the issues. CHOOSE YOUR LOYALTIES
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Unformatted text preview: To whom are you ultimately loyal, and to whom, at intermediate steps, are you loyal? Who gets hurt? Who benefits? You may have competing loyalties to yourself, your family and friends, your boss, your company or firm, your professional colleagues, your audience, your news sources, and to society at large. Source: Jay Black, University of South Florida Doing Ethics Ask - then answer - good questions 1. Why am I concerned about making this decision? 2. Are there some rules or guidelines I should be following? 3. Do other people see the dilemma the same way I do? How legitimate are the claims of the various stakeholders? 4. What values, loyalties, and principles seem to be in conflict here? 5. What are the possible consequences of my actions? In the short term? In the long term? 6. Can I clearly and fully justify my thinking and my decision? To my colleagues? To the stakeholders? To the public? Source: Jay Black, University of South Florida...
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