Ron Howard and Clint Korver visit Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss their book “Ethics for the Real World: Creating a Personal Code to Guide Decisions in Work and Life.” This event took place on January 28, 2009, as part of the Authors@Google series.
We often make small ethical compromises for “good” reasons: We lie to a customer because our boss asked us to. We exaggerate our accomplishments on our résumé to get an interview. Temptation blindsides us. And we make snap decisions we regret. Minor ethical lapses can seem harmless, but they instill in us a hard-to-break habit of distorted thinking. Rationalizations drown out our inner voice, and we make up the rules as we go. We lose control of our decisions, fall victim to the temptations and pressures of our situations, taint our characters, and sour business and personal relationships.
Ethics for the Real World gives you practical advice to respond skillfully to life’s inevitable ethical challenges. Not only can you make right decisions, you can acquire new habits that will realize the best in yourself and transform your relationships.
Ronald A. Howard is a professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering in Stanford University’s School of Engineering, and the director of the Department’s Decisions and Ethics Center. Clinton D. Korver is the founder and CEO of DecisionStreet, which provides Web-based tools to help consumers make important life decisions.