Different ways to analyze ethical behaviors and dilemmas exist, and many of them will help direct you to the correct or “best” solution to a problem. As we discussed in Week 1, sometimes right vs. right or wrong vs. wrong decisions have to be made.
Blancard and Peale Method: 😉
Management expert Kenneth Blanchard and the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale offer a series of questions that people should ponder in resolving ethical dilemmas (p. 27):
- Is it legal?
- Will I be violating a civil law or institutional policy?
- Is it balanced?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Does it promote win/win situations?
- How will it make me feel about myself?
- Will I be proud?
- Would I feel good if my hometown newspaper published my decision?
- Would I feel good if my family knew about my choice?
Using these questions and subsequent answers, it is the hope that the person in this situation will think through and allow their conscience to control their behavior.
Ethical Dilemma SAMPLE (not to be used for the question):
Speaker 1: You have just graduated from college and have landed your first job as a contract consultant for a web development company. You will work as a consultant through a temporary service for a period of six months, and then if all goes well, you will be offered a permanent position with benefits.
Your wife of two years is very excited as she is working in a dead-end position for a man who has been harassing her for the last four months. Furthermore, as soon as you get benefits, she would like to start having a family. You are a very motivated employee.
In month four of your six-month probation, you receive a new assignment from your boss. The assignment is to set up a website that explains how to procure various different chemicals and substances and links to another website where individuals may legally purchase anhydrous ammonia. You realize within minutes that you have been assigned to create a website to help people produce crystal meth, a legal and illegal black market drug.
You have decided to approach your boss with the assignment and hesitantly ask for an appointment to discuss it. Your boss, a rather distant and nasty man gives you a thumbs down and says,
Speaker 2: “I’m busy. Get the assignment done. The client pre-paid, and it’s a rush order.”
Speaker 1: You look down at the paper and see the gold star in the corner, which means it is to be done within 24 hours.