Ethics is more than a buzzword, or prerequisite for college majors. It is a standard of living and a moral code that guides us. In the following presentation, I led a group of bright young university students through various ethical quandaries, and I challenge you to ask yourself: do you have a Code of Conduct, you live by?
Like Einstein said: “Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.”
Below are some of the key points.
1. While Ethics has many definitions, I find that of a "guiding moral philosophy" to be the most useful in self-application.
2. Most of Ethics studies are not "right vs. wrong" scenarios but "right vs. right" ones.
3. When establishing a set a personal ethics it is imperative to develop a True North.
“True North is the internal compass that guides you successfully through life. It is your orienting point – your fixed point in a spinning world – that helps you stay on track as a leader.”
4. Personal Principles and Values intertwine to create a set of Ethical Boundaries.
5. Truly important Ethical Boundaries are derived from "Intrinsic Motivations" such as: "Personal Growth, Satisfaction with a Good Job, Helping Others Develop, Being True to Oneself, & Making a Difference."
Why not develop a code of conduct today? With no more than 5 things. And look at it often. Maybe even make it your desktop background. It might just become your guiding philosophy.