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4 Tips to Help You Make Better, More Ethical Decisions

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A series of questions we can use to examine ethical issues we are faced with, centered around 4 dimensions:

  • Awareness
  • Beliefs
  • Consequences
  • Decision

It can take us out of the trap of just assuming we’re good people, without truly delivering on ...

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A. Awareness of ethical issues

Assess if you are aware of the ethical issue you’re a part of, with questions like:

  • Do we know all the facts?
  • Is this an ethical problem or a legal one? Or both?
  • Can it be resolved simply by calling upon the law or referring to an organizational policy?

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B. Beliefs around ethical issues

Establish your moral beliefs, principles, values and virtues, or lack thereof, with questions like:

  • What kind of person am I? Would I want this done to me or to those I love?
  • Would it be responsible of me if I thought everyone should act this way in my situat...

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C. Consequences of ethical issues

Use moral imagination to think about consequences for yourself and others, not only now but into the future as well:

  • Who may be affected by my decision?
  • How may my decisions/actions affect other and myself?

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D. Decisions related to ethical issues

Decide what is the best thing to do when faced with moral issues, considering questions like:

  • Would I mind my action being broadcast on the six o’clock news?
  • Could I justify my actions to my family and close friends?
  • What advice would I give to a close friend who...

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