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Doing What’s Right: Check Before You Act

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

It is ultimately your decision to decide if you act ethically or unethically.  Most people know what the right thing to do is but it may be much harder to actually do what is right.  Before making any decision about what is right and you wrong you should ask yourself the list of questions from this article.  Probably the most important question is if the action is legal or illegal.  If it is illegal you should stop right there, the action is wrong.  Once you have answered the entire question it is then time to decide if the action is right or wrong.  If you believe the action is ethical after truthfully answering all the question then the action is mostly likely ethical.  I think once you start using this as a type of checklist to process your thoughts about an issue that may be ethical or unethical, decision will start to come more naturally.  If you get in the habit of processing an idea in this way then you will start processing a ethical decision like this without a checklist.

<http://ethics.georgesmay.com/doing_right.htm>

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Check Yourself Out

December 8, 2009 1 comment

This article is a type of test everyone should take.  Instead of always looking at other people and judging them you should take a look at yourself sometimes.  This test is a list of unethical actions.  After reading each question you should think back over the past few months to see if you committed that action.  For most of the question many people do these things without thinking twice about it.  Although, when you really sit down and think about it all these actions are unethical.  Of course most people see these things as a small unethical act that really does not matter.  Should all unethical acts be seen as equally bad.  In my opinion all unethical act are bad.  The small unnoticed unethical act may lead to big unethical act.  So take the quiz and see how you do.

<http://ethics.georgesmay.com/check_yourself.htm>

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5 Ways To Ethically Consider Situations

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

This article tells you what to do when you are faced with an ethical situation and you don’t know what to do.  There are five things to consider.  First embrace diversity.  Many benefits come from the diversity of people.  Diversity is a strength and advantage in the business world.  Second, don’t take what is not your own work and don’t accept anything that you have not earned for yourself.  Third always be careful to keep confidential information confidential.  Fourth if you don’t know ask.  BS gets you and the customer nowhere.  Finally the way you achieve the end result is just as important as the end result. I think this is simple good advice for anyone weather they are in the business world or not.  If everyone lived by these five thing then maybe the business world would be less corrupt.

<http://ethics.georgesmay.com/ethical_ways.htm>

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How To Say ‘NO’ With Tact

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Doing something that you know is unethical just because you don’t want to say no makes you just as unethical as the person asking you to do it.  This article tells you how to say no properly.  First state you concern with the action.  Suggest alternatives but include the other person in the alternative.  Also ask for assistant when needed.  In my opinion a very important skill to have is know how to say no but not just no you have to be able to give reasons.  Not being able to say no may put you in the middle of some unethical situation.  To avoid this conflict learn how to say no in a positive way.

<http://ethics.georgesmay.com/say_no.htm>

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20% of nation’s drinking water systems violated Safe Water Act

December 8, 2009 1 comment

Contaminated drinking water, which is a scary thought.  It has been reported that 19 million Americans have become sick from drinking tap water.  Around 20% of water treatment plants have reported illegal level of chemicals in the water.  Of the 20% only 6% were ever published.  This clearly violated the Safe Drinking Water Act.  Should these water treatment plants have to publish these finding?  Actually they do once a year.  Normally these reports come with your water bill but most people probably never read it.  In my opinion is a water treatment plant find that illegal levels of chemicals are in the tap water, the people effected should be notified immediately.

<http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2009/12/08/20-of-nations-drinking-water-systems-violated-safe-water-act/>

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What’s really in the Senate health care bill?

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Everyone knows that any bill that is passed will have other smaller bills attached to it.  This is a way for senators to get there agendas through congress.  A large very controversial may have several smaller bills attached to it.  This is the case with the healthcare bill.  The question is what are they really passing.  In that one healthcare bill there is also attached funding for pharmaceuticals, sex education classes and time off for lactating mothers.  Is it really right for all of this to be attached in one bill?  In my opinion this is the only way to get things passed.  If every little bill had to be passes on its then nothing would ever be done.  Of course this can be misleading to the public because most people will not sit down and read 2000 pages of anything much less some as boring as a bill.  So the public may think that the healthcare bill is great but they do not know everything else that comes with it.

<http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2009/12/08/whats-really-in-the-senate-health-care-bill/>

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Five retail traps to avoid this season

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Around the holiday retailer tend to entice buyer to spend more money than they really need to.  This article tells shoppers five things to look out for.  Electronics are a big item told during the holiday seasons.  Often retailers try to sell warranties that are not really that good of a deal.  Buying in bulk is not always better.  Try to avoid impulse buys.  These are tip to keep you out out debt this holiday season.  Is it right for retailer to try to mislead buyer into purchasing something they don’t really need.  Certain things do have fine print for the buyer to read but not everything comes with fine print.  As a consumer you need to be aware of the trick retails try to get more money out of buyers.  NO its not right but its how things work with retailers.

<http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2009/12/08/five-retail-traps-to-avoid-this-season/>

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