B. Beliefs around ethical issues - Deepstash
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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MORE IDEAS FROM 4 Tips to Help You Make Better, More Ethical Decisions

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. 

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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 had the same decision to make as I do? 

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

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At its simplest, ethics is a system of moral principles. They affect how people make decisions and lead their lives.

Ethics is concerned with what is good for individuals and society and is also described as moral philosophy.

The term is derived from the Greek word ethos which can mean custom, habit, character or disposition.

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Technology ethics is the application of ethical thinking to the practical concerns of technology.

The reason technology ethics is growing in prominence is that new technologies give us more power to act, which means that we have to make choices we didn't have to make before. While in the past our actions were involuntarily constrained by our weakness, now, with so much technological power, we have to learn how to be voluntarily constrained by our judgment: our ethics.

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Leaders understand the complexity of making decisions. Their decisions must always align with these three dimensions:

  1. Ethics
  2. Morals
  3. Responsibilities of their role

To no one's surprise, these elements come into dispute from time to time. When this occurs, there are no simple answers but by closely considering these three aspects, leaders will go on confidently that the choices they make represent the best possible compromise between their values.

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