Giving Voice to Values - How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What´s Right
Marry C. Gentile, Yale University Press, 320 P., 2010
How can you effectively stand up for your values when pressured by your boss, colleagues, customers, or shareholders to do the opposite?
Educator Mary Gentile empowers business leaders with the skills to voice and act on their values and align their professional path with their principles. The book, Giving Voice to Values, is inspired by a curriculum Gentile launched at the Aspen Institute with Yale School of Management and which has been piloted in schools and organizations on all seven continents.
Challenging the assumptions about business ethics at companies and business schools, she argues that often the issue isn’t distinguishing what is right or wrong but knowing how to act on your values despite opposing pressure. Drawing on actual business experiences as well as social science research, Gentile offers advice, practical exercises, and scripts for handling a wide range of ethical dilemmas. The book Giving Voice to Values is an engaging, innovative, and useful guide that is essential reading for anyone in business.
The book is divided into nine chapters, which walk you through the various assumptions behind its practical approach to values conflicts and discuss examples of how these ways of thinking can lead to effective and usable scripts and action plans for voicing your values.
The book is a must read for all those who face the challenge of how to express their own values and value concepts in their professional life. The book is illustrated with practical examples and thus serves as a useful guide on how to give voice to your values.