The process of thinking ethically revolves around a combination of ethical theory made applicable, techniques for implementation, and development of an ongoing, reinforcing, professionally challenging thought system.
How many companies actually teach a process like this in depth? The process of thinking ethically is completely different than training in compliance. Why?
In general, the training in compliance, as important as it is, is basically how to relate to standards(laws) that come from “somewhere else” for employees to , in essence, obey. Therefore, not to obey the law is wrong and to obey the law is right. What is the process here is thinking?
The process of thinking ethically, includes compliance, yet needs to go deeper and further in one’s personal discernment. The process of thinking ethically needs to focus not on the “black and white” issues, but those in which” it depends . This differentiation needs critical thinking skills taught/reviewed, case studies used to make the knowledge learned relatable, and exercises that help keep that sharp “ethics edge” a continual reflection functioning. The key focus of ethics, values and one’s moral compass need to be not only emphasized, but consistently updated, affirmed, modeled and challenged as to how this relates to people’s lives, jobs and how one does business.
So, with this “short shot “view, how do you incorporate the process of thinking ethically in your training?
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