It's easier to nip bad behavior in the bud rather than after it's already underway and costly to reverse.
Does your job involve lying and cheating? Maybe your boss wants you to take shortcuts on a software-development project, or a colleague wants you to fudge an expense report during a trip, or your sales team wants to inflate the capabilities of a product. Knowing right from wrong isn’t hard, but speaking up about unethical behavior within your organization is a challenge. In a new book, Giving Voices to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right ($26/available now), author Mary Gentile looks at ways for workers to speak up and act within ethical boundaries, even when faced with pressure to do otherwise. “Business ethics (classes) do not spend enough time on that, unfortunately,” Gentile says. Formerly at Harvard Business School, Gentile is currently director of the “Giving Voice to Values” curriculum and a senior research scholar at Babson College. For more on the book, go to www.givingvoicetovaluesthebook.com. Here’s advice from Gentile on how to better speak up when others are urging you to quietly go along.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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