Book of Hard Choices : How to Make the Right Decisions at Work and Keep Your Self-Respect

ISBN-10: 0767922581

ISBN-13: 9780767922586

Edition: 2006

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" There are a thousand acts of duplicity and dishonesty every day, some large and some small, some of which undoubtedly take place in your workplace. The question for all of us is, ' Are we going to resist or just play along the path of least resistance?' The first hard choice a person of integrity must make is to choose to live, both personally and professionally, in a way that embodies integrity. The power of this book comes from the real-life, in-the-workplace experiences that these executives have been so generously willing to share. None had easy choices, but that's the point: Integrity is not about easy choices, it's about the courage to make the right choices." -- From "The Book of Hard Choices" All of us like to think that, in any given situation, we' d act with integrity and do the right thing. But what happens when we get to work each morning? Do the same rules we follow in our personal lives apply to our work lives? The lines between right and wrong become blurred when we must weigh our obligations to our employer against our own ideas about what is right and wrong. Should altruism trump profit, even to the detriment of the organization? When should you step in to protect an employee and when should the employee be left to take the heat? If the CEO is up to some unethical accounting, should you always risk your job-- and the company's reputation-- to sound the alarm? These are the hard choices, the dilemmas that put your integrity to the test and require you to look beyond organizational policy and industry precedents to find an answer that reflects your personal sense of justice. "The Book ofHard Choices" goes to the heart of these difficult decisions. James Autry and Peter Roy, experienced executives themselves, interviewed numerous leaders about the tough decisions they've made on the job. They spoke with people like former Starbucks president Howard Behar, Iowa Cubs owner Michael Gartner, and Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa as well as entrepreneurs, military officials, members of the clergy, and a whole host of leaders. The authors dig into the thinking process these people went through, as well as the emotional strain, the self-doubt, and the fear of a wrong decision's impact on their business, family, or coworkers. Not everyone in this book made the right choice, but all of them were forced to examine their values and make decisions in complicated circumstances. The result is hard-won wisdom on how to navigate the ethical gray-areas of work life-- from daily challenges to possible career ending choices-- and make the best possible decisions in the most difficult situations.
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Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 5.90" wide x 8.55" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

JAMES A. AUTRY was president of the magazine group of the Meredith Corporation and is the author of eight books, including "The Servant Leader," "Real Power," and the bestselling "Love and Profit," He is currently a consultant with FORTUNE 500 corporations and a popular lecturer on leadership and business ethics. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa. PETER ROY is the former president of Whole Foods Market, which "Fortune" magazine first named one of the "Top Companies to Work For" during his tenure. He is currently a director of Avalon Natural Products, Traditional Medicinals and the Naked Juice Company as well as a trustee of the National Outdoor Leadership School. He lives on Pawley's Island, South Carolina.

Introduction : the aspects of integrityp. 1
Look the other way or face down the corruption?p. 9
Fire someone you really like or do her work yourself?p. 25
Say no to your biggest customer or give up on fairness?p. 31
Do the right thing immediately or postpone it for the greater good?p. 43
Go for the quick fix or teach values first?p. 55
Do what everybody's doing or do what you know is right?p. 65
Go for the next big job or return to the quiet life?p. 73
Take responsibility or rationalize your mistakes?p. 83
Be a manager or be a minister?p. 93
Have courage for a noble cause or surrender to anger and threats?p. 101
Tell the public everything or suppress the news?p. 109
Intervene on behalf of the employees or tolerate an executive bully?p. 121
Quit your job or support a lie?p. 129
Stick to the vision or go for the money?p. 137
Stay with high quality and high cost or cut the quality and lower the costs?p. 149
Project your career or do your duty?p. 159
Do the hard right or settle for the easy wrong?p. 169
Support a colleague or think only of yourself?p. 179
Go along and get along or rescue the company culture?p. 183
Fix the management problem or protect your social standing?p. 195
Live your faith or give in to marketplace pressure?p. 201
Extend yourself or defend yourself?p. 211
Choices the authors madep. 225
Afterword : hard choices aren't about doing, they're about beingp. 241
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