The Elements of Ethics for Professionals

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  • Copyright: 10/14/2008
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Patterned after Strunk and Whites classic The Elements of Style, this handy reference concisely summarizes the substantial existing research on the delicate balance of professional ethics. Johnson and Ridley reduce the wealth of published material on the topic to the seventy-five most important and pithy truths for supervisors in all fields. These explore questions of integrity, loyalty, justice, respect, and delivering ones best in the business environment. Succinct and comprehensive, this is a must-have for any professional or business leader striving to create an ethical workplace.

Author Biography

W. Brad Johnson is associate professor of psychology at the U.S. Naval Academy and a faculty associate in the Graduate School of Business and Education at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Annapolis, MD. Charles R. Ridley is professor of counseling psychology and associate dean for Research at the Indiana University graduate school. He lives in Indianapolis, IN.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Taking the High Ground: Matters of Integrityp. 1
Become Congruentp. 2
Stay Transparentp. 5
Make Yourself Accountablep. 7
Invite Peer Reviewp. 10
Present Your Credentials and Services Accuratelyp. 12
Ensure Your Personal Fitness to Practice (Maintain Self-Care)p. 15
Protect Confidential Informationp. 18
Know Your Moral Vulnerabilitiesp. 20
Identify Your Private Agendasp. 23
Do Not Count the Cost of Integrityp. 26
Rectify Missteps Immediatelyp. 28
Stand Your Ground under Pressurep. 31
Do Not Be a Hypocritep. 33
Doing No Harm: Matters of Nonmaleficencep. 37
Be Vigilant for Negative Outcomesp. 38
Resist Coercionp. 40
Do Not Blur Rolesp. 42
Beware of the Power of Sexp. 45
Beware of the Power of Moneyp. 47
Beware of the Power of Prestigep. 50
Do Not Abuse Powerp. 52
Never Exploit Peoplep. 55
Prevent the Misuse of Your Workp. 57
Plan for Illness, Incapacity, and Deathp. 59
According Dignity: Matters of Respectp. 63
Honor Human Differences-All of Themp. 64
Respect Valuesp. 66
Behave Professionally at All Timesp. 69
Protect Privacyp. 71
Never Undermine Other Peoplep. 73
Confront Irregularitiesp. 75
Benefiting Others: Matters of Beneficencep. 79
Establish Win-Win Solutionsp. 80
Obtain Informed Consentp. 83
Clarify Expectationsp. 86
Make Sure You Are Competentp. 88
Communicate Clearlyp. 91
Refer Cautiouslyp. 93
Encourage Second Opinionsp. 95
Resolve Conflicts Flexiblyp. 98
Exercising Caution: Matters of Prudencep. 101
Evaluate before Actingp. 102
Avoid Conflicts of Interestp. 104
Set and Honor Boundariesp. 106
Do No Make Exaggerated Claimsp. 110
Document Carefullyp. 112
Delegate Thoughtfully, Monitor Closelyp. 115
Think Twice about Accepting Giftsp. 117
Make Conservative Estimatesp. 120
Caring for Others: Matters of Compassionp. 123
Show Positive Regardp. 124
Offer Pro Bono Servicep. 126
Attend to More Than the Bottom Linep. 128
Protect Vulnerable Peoplep. 131
Seeking Fairness: Matters of Justicep. 135
Give Credit Where Credit Is Duep. 136
Make Performance Criteria Explicitp. 138
Discriminate Fairlyp. 140
Treat People Equitably, Not Equallyp. 142
Don't Be Complicit with Unfairnessp. 145
Balance Gatekeeping with Advocacyp. 146
Promoting Autonomy: Matters of Self-Reliancep. 151
Encourage Independencep. 152
Terminate Services That Cease to Be Helpfulp. 155
Collaboratep. 158
Respect Informed Refusalp. 160
Being Faithful: Matters of Fidelityp. 163
Be Loyalp. 164
Assume Perpetuityp. 166
Provide Honest Feedbackp. 169
Actively Support Professional Regulationp. 171
Delivering Your Best: Matters of Excellencep. 175
Excel at the Fundamentalsp. 175
Do Not Settle for Legal Compliancep. 177
Stay in Your Lanep. 179
Do Not Cut Cornersp. 181
Making Ethical Decisions: Matters of Sound Judgmentp. 185
Study the Ethics Code of Your Professionp. 186
Distinguish Ethics from Moralityp. 188
Investigate Ethical Concernsp. 191
Prevent Ethical Concerns from Becoming Ethical Problemsp. 194
Do Not Oversimplify Ethical Problemsp. 196
Resolve Ethical Problems Creativelyp. 198
Employ a Model of Ethical Decision Makingp. 201
Consult Trustworthy Colleaguesp. 203
Referencesp. 207
Indexp. 211
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