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Identity Based Ethics
The foundation from which we all make ethical decisions comes down to our personal identity. No matter what we end up being faced with in life, we tend to operate from a core set of values/beliefs about ourselves and others and we choose behaviors in line with those beliefs. If we want employees to operate from a unified foundation (i.e., organizational identity) that is based in positive character traits, we must first lay the foundation and make it clear what our organization stands for. Once employees are unified on and operating from this strength-based identity, making ethical decisions becomes much easier. This course will explore the concept of organizational identity and how it relates to ethical decision making. We will also explore the challenges of ethical dilemmas, discuss the differences between mistakes and unethical behaviors, explore how to identify your organizations "trump cards," and provide guidance about how to successfully navigate difficult ethical decisions.