December 5, 2010
Terry M. Ganzel
Statement of Personal Ethics
The Webster’s Dictionary defines ethics as “the study of standards of conduct and moral judgment”(Agnes, 2003). Every day my decisions and actions are tested in a battle between doing what is right or wrong. As I embark on this educational journey with University of Phoenix that same battle is most likely going to occur. This reason alone is enough to want a plan of attack to stay on a righteous path. So throughout the following you will be introduced to my Statement of Personal Ethics.
Before I can jump into executing this plan it is important to note what type of influences or temptations there may be. Concerning influences I have to examine both internal and external sources. Internally my attitude, personal commitments, and conduct play a part in the decisions that I make. Whether or not I am happy, sad, depressed, or angry could very well determine that the same situation results being handled in a variety of ways. The next is personal commitments. I make commitments to myself, my family, friends, company, teammates, and university. Throughout all these commitments I have goals and deadlines that I want to achieve. I believe when people are committed to wanting a certain outcome there is a possibility that they will try to take short cuts to arrive at where they want to be. These short cuts could end up being something unethical and wrong. However because you have that strive to achieve, your judgment is at times thrown out the window. The final major internal struggle is conduct. I look at conduct as directly correlated to my reputation or in other words how I am perceived in the eyes of others. From personal experiences I can honestly say that I have either considered or acted in situations that are dangerous and unethical just because I wanted to impress others around me. Externally the struggles I will be faced with are distractions.
References: Agnes, M. (2003). Webster’s New World Dictionary (4th ed.). New York, NY: Pocket Books. Brown, J. (2007). Do You Have Personal Ethics? Retrieved from http://proquest.umi.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/pqdweb Reimer, J. (1977). A Structural Theory of Moral Development. Theory Into Practice, 16(2), 60-66. Retrieved from Professional Development Collection database University of Phoenix, T. (2010). Student Code of Academic Integrity. Retrieved from http://ecampus.phoenix.edu/secure/aadp/studentdocuments/uophx/academic_integrity.htm