XMGT 216 WeeK 3 - DQ 1 - 8066

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I think that in any circumstance where I am faced with a decision involved with an ethical dilemma, I have to first take one step back and assess the situation. As a father of two wonderful children, I have made some mistakes and paid some pretty heavy prices for the mistakes in my decisions. I like to say that I learn from example, but unfortunately I don’t learn by other people’s examples. Now that I have grown up a bit more, I realize that my decision can affect not only myself, but my family, friends, or anyone close to me. First I have to figure out if what I am deciding has a right or wrong way (legal or illegal.)  If that is the situation, then I simply do what is right, or legal. If the decision is not a legal one, I play out my decision in my head to determine different outcomes and consequences of my decisions. If the consequence is that of a positive nature, then I should not feel bad about a decision I have made. If my decision has a negative effect and I would feel bad about what I had done, I avoid going down that path. I guess when it boils down to it, my decision come from my heart. If it feels right and I won’t feel bad with the outcome, I will be ok with it.

If I were making a decision for a small company as a manager, I would look to my employees. What are the consequences of my decision for me and for my employees? I will never jeopardize my own integrity (because I learned that from experience) and I would never jeopardize my family. If my own family and my integrity are not at stake, it comes down to my employees. If it is inevitable that someone is going to disagree with my decision, I make the decision that will cause the least amount of problems and the greatest amount of good within the company. This is the utilitarian approach to decision making.

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I think that in any circumstance where I am faced with a decision involved with an ethical dilemma, I have to first take one step back and assess the situation. As a father of two wonderful children, I have made some mistakes and paid some pretty heavy prices for the mistakes in my decisions. I like to say that I learn from example, but unfortunately I don’t l