There's No Such Things as "Business" Ethics: There's Only ONE RULE for Making Decisions : Thursday,
April 15 2004 by John C. Maxwell. Warner Books. 2003. 124 pages. $14.95

There's No Such Things as "Business" Ethics: There's Only ONE RULE for Making Decisions : Thursday, April 15, 2004
Thursday, April 15, 2004

There's No Such Things as "Business" Ethics: There's Only ONE RULE for Making Decisions

By John C. Maxwell. Warner Books. 2003. 124 pages. $14.95
Review by Wayne Hager

In the past two years the subject of business ethics has moved from a voluntary weekend seminar to a mandated corporate class. Discussion of business ethics is no longer simply a way to pass time at a party but is now a matter of financial security and confidence for the future. Business guru John C. Maxwell has penned a simply stated yet profound book on the ethics of business.

Maxwell's basic argument is that there should be no difference between one's personal ethics and business ethics. The character a person nurtures in personal life should be the same character that shows up in business situations. He suggests that the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," is the simple but profound ethic for personal and business life.

In business, Maxwell suggests that decisions be made considering how one would want someone to treat them. He encourages people to not only abide by the Golden Rule but to go beyond it, what he calls developing the Midas touch.

The book is filled with business examples of both those who live by the Golden Rule and those who do not. Each chapter ends with some thought-provoking questions, which will require a lot more time to process than the contents of the chapter.

There is nothing overtly Christian about the book. Maxwell notes how the Golden Rule exists, in various wordings, in most major religions On the other hand, there is nothing he says that does not go hand in hand with Christianity.

This is a book that every employee would wish his or her employer would read and practice. It is also a good check for employers on how well they are doing at being consistent in their personal and business practices.
4/15/2004 12:00:00 AM by John C. Maxwell. Warner Books. 2003. 124 pages. $14.95 | with 0 comments




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