The decision framework we have presented is difficult to follow: considering others first with love, being completely honest, walking with integrity, stewarding resources with care, and pursuing justice for all with compassion. There may be times when it doesn’t seem worth it to be ethical. The decision to be ethical at all times should be made before facing challenges in the moment of decision.
In order to make this decision, the costs must be counted. Avoid compromise by planning ahead of time, while considering a few questions below.
Are you convinced there is a way to develop a consistent decision-making system?
Are you convinced the decision framework presented can work?
Is a change necessary in your decision-making approach?
Do you have an approach that not only allows but also empowers you to operate outside the gray area and conduct yourself ethically?
What will it take for you to make the commitment to always strive to make ethical decisions?
What are triggers or early warning signals that you have stepped into a gray area?
If you find yourself having made a “bad” decision, what are you willing to give up in order to correct the situation?
The cost of doing the right thing can present itself in different ways. Losing a job, losing friendships, or losing customers are all possible. It is very likely that at some point in time in everyone’s life, a decision will need to be made that will require giving up something of significant value. Be prepared by planning ahead and making the tough decision before you are in the moment.
How can you prepare? What are some challenges with this approach?