Ethical Thinking

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Personal Reflection on Ethical Thinking, by Lavette Cogburn

I personally feel that ethical decision making should be practiced in everyday life as well as in the workplace. Everyone is different and live by their own set of rules and standards on what they think is morally right or wrong. Ethical behavior is the standards that someone holds for themselves, and is applicable to whatever position that they hold in commerce, in their community, and even at home. Ethical behavior is applying these standards even when it is inconvenient to do so. As a child we were all raised a certain way and taught many different things. One thing that my parents instilled in me was great Christian values and going to church every Sunday. No matter how much I stray away or get lost on this road called life, I always find my way back to where I was grounded at which is church. We all were taught good from bad and right from wrong. It is important not only to be taught these things but actually to be shown these morals or values by our parents. The old saying “Practice what you preach,” was a big one in my household. Which meant lead by example and whatever you say make sure you do it. My dad always said “a man is only as good as his word.” If you told him that you were going to do something that’s what he expects you to do. The reason that I think that ethical decision making should be practiced in everyday life is because it is important to be honest, trustworthy, and a overall good person. I follow the golden rule to treat others like you would want to be treated. In my everyday life I like to be of help to someone else and give as much as I can.

For example, I worked at GE Money as a Collections Coordinator, there was alot of favoritism that went on between the supervisors and their team. My supervisor had her favorites and she showed it within our team by not allowing other team mates to participate in training new employees on the phone or within our jobs. Even though I...
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