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4 Tips to Help You Make Better, More Ethical Decisions

B. Beliefs around ethical issues

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 situation?
  • Am I setting a good example or a bad example?
  • Can I continue to respect myself given the probable outcomes of my action? 

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4 Tips to Help You Make Better, More Ethical Decisions

4 Tips to Help You Make Better, More Ethical Decisions

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The ABCD Guide to Ethical Decision-Making

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 that assumption. 

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?
  • Am I aware of the people involved in this case and who may be affected by my decision and action?

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 situation?
  • Am I setting a good example or a bad example?
  • Can I continue to respect myself given the probable outcomes of my action? 

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?

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 had the same decision to make as I do? 

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