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Personal Ethics Development
Constant Monroe
University of Colorado
Johnny Baskin
January 26, 2010
Personal Ethics Development
I make ethical decisions every day in my personal and professional lives. Some are easily made and others require some reflecting on the basis of the decision. Ethics is sometimes used interchangeable with values by some people. Pfeiffer & Forsberg (2000) defines values “as principles that help us make decisions implementing the ethical point of view (p. 6.). My ethical beliefs were forming over the years. I had several influences, parents, job, life experiences, and the environment in which I was exposed. My ethical beliefs are constantly being developed through training and experiences Organizations need ethical principles. According to Guido (2003), ethics provides structure for placing conduct into action. Define Ethics: Guido said “Many people envision ethics as dealing solely with principles of morality— that which is good or desirable as opposed to that which is bad or undesirable” (p. 2.). Barrocas, Yarbrough, Becnel, & Nelson (2003), defines ethics as a system or philosophy of conduct and principles, whereas morals give the boundaries for acceptable behavior. Trevino & Nelson ( 2007), defines ethics as “a set of moral principles or values,” a definition that portrays ethics as highly personal and relative. Personal Ethics: Ethics plays an important part in peoples everyday lives. As we think about what ethics is, it will help us to understand why it is needed in every workforce and how it affects us as a person. When I think about ethics and the standards used to judge right or wrong of people’s behavior they might have toward others always reminds me to be ethical and fair. The relativism aspect of my ethics started with teachings from my parents. My mother taught me always to treat others in the same way I would want them to treat me. Morals become a part of a person as he or she grows to exercise in...
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