What exactly makes a decision ethical? The problem with ethics is that what may seem morally right (or ethical) to one person may seem appalling to another.
This workshop will not provide you with an easy way to solve every ethical decision you will ever have to make. It will, however, help you define your ethical framework to make solving those ethical dilemmas easier. We’ll also look at some tools that you can use when you’re faced with an ethical decision. And, we’ll look at some techniques you can use so you don’t get stuck in an ethical quandary. Best of all, we’ll look at a lot of case studies so that you can practice making decisions in a safe environment.
This one-day workshop teaches participants to:
- Understand the difference between ethics and morals
- Understand the value of ethics
- Identify some of your values and moral principles
- Be familiar with some philosophical approaches to ethical decisions
- Identify some ways to improve ethics in your office
- Know some ways to avoid ethical dilemmas
- Have some tools to help you make better decisions
- Be familiar with some common ethical dilemmas
Lesson 1: Course Overview
- You will spend the first part of the day getting to know participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.
Lesson 2: What are Ethics?
- To start the day, we will discuss what the words “ethics” and “morals” mean. Participants will also have an opportunity to identify some of their personal values.
Lesson 3: Taking Your Moral Temperature
- Before we begin discussing how to make good decisions, students will be asked to think about how they would respond to some sticky situations.
Lesson 4: Why Bother with Ethics?
- During this session, we will look at some of the payoffs of ethical behavior.
Lesson 5: Kohlberg’s Six Stages
- This session will explore Kohlberg’s six stages of moral development through a lecture and a small group exercise.
Lesson 6: Some Objective Ways of Looking at the World
- We will look at some classic philosophical approaches to problems during this session, including the golden rule, utilitarianism, and the categorical imperative. Participants will also apply these approaches to some hypothetical situations.
Lesson 7: Avoiding Ethical Dilemmas
- This session will examine some ways that we can avoid getting stuck in ethical dilemmas. Then, participants will apply the methods to a case study.
Lesson 8: Pitfalls and Excuses
- We can always find excuses to make the wrong decision. This session will look at some of the most common reasons for bad decisions and offer some thinking points.
Lesson 9: Developing an Office Code of Ethics
- This session will look at what a code of ethics should contain, how to determine if your company is ready for a code, and some sample codes of ethics.
Lesson 10: Ethical Decision Making Tools
- In addition to the basic problem-solving tools covered in the previous session, there are some special tools that you can use to solve ethical problems. We will discuss some basic tools (such as the smell test and the shoe test) and some advanced tools (such as the Potter box and the Kidder process).
Lesson 11: Dilemmas with Co-Workers
- During this session, we will look at some ethical dilemmas that co-workers can create. First, we will discuss some basic tips in a lecture, and then participants will complete a case study.
Lesson 12: What to Do When You Make a Mistake
- Let’s face the truth: we’re all human. We all make mistakes and make decisions that we wish we could take back. This session will examine Nan DeMars’ six-step plan for recovering from mistakes gracefully.
Lesson 13: Workshop Wrap-Up
- At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.