Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right

Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right

by Mary C. Gentile

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An innovative approach to standing up for your values in the workplace—inspired by a popular program from the Aspen Institute

"In business and in life, we often know what is the right thing to do, but we have trouble implementing it. This book, developed in conjunction with the Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program, shows how we can all give voice to values and make the right things happen. It is a wonderful guide to help us enter an era of responsibility and of leadership based on values."—Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute

"Inspiring and empowering. Instead of thinking 'I wish I could,' readers will come away saying 'I know I can.'"—BizEd

How can you effectively stand up for your values when pressured by your boss, customers, or shareholders to do the opposite? Drawing on actual business experiences as well as on social science research, Babson College business educator and consultant Mary Gentile challenges the assumptions about business ethics at companies and business schools. She gives business leaders, managers, and students the tools not just to recognize what is right, but also to ensure that the right things happen. The book is inspired by a program Gentile launched at the Aspen Institute with Yale School of Management, and now housed at Babson College, with pilot programs in over one hundred schools and organizations, including INSEAD and MIT Sloan School of Management.

She explains why past attempts at preparing business leaders to act ethically too often failed, arguing that the issue isn’t distinguishing what is right or wrong, but knowing how to act on your values despite opposing pressure. Through research-based advice, practical exercises, and scripts for handling a wide range of ethical dilemmas, Gentile empowers business leaders with the skills to voice and act on their values, and align their professional path with their principles. Giving Voice to Values is an engaging, innovative, and useful guide that is essential reading for anyone in business.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300161328
Publisher: Unknown Publisher
Publication date: 08/24/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 722,931
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mary C. Gentile, PhD, is Creator/Director of Giving Voice to Values, Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Senior Advisor at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and consultant on management education and leadership development.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction xxiii

1 Giving Voice to Our Values: The Thought Experiment 1

2 Values: What They Are and What They Are Not 24

3 A Tale of Two Stories: The Power of Choice 47

4 It's Only Normal 72

5 What Am I Working For? 86

6 Playing to My Strengths: Self-Knowledge, Self-image, and Alignment 108

7 Finding My Voice 135

8 Reasons and Rationalizations 170

9 Putting It to Work 211

Appendix 223

A Starting Assumptions for Giving Voice to Values

B A Tale of Two Stories: An Exercise

C Enablers for Voicing Values: Some Examples

D Personal-Professional Profile

E Guidelines for Peer Coaching

F An Action Framework for Giving Voice to Values: The To-Do List

Notes 247

Bibliography 259

Index 269

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