Ethics for the Real World:

Creating a Personal Code to Guide Decisions in Work and Life by Ronald Howard &


Chapters 4 and 5 really get to the heart of developing our personal codes. This assignment will actually make up 50 points out of the 150 points allocated to the final Personal Code Assignment. Since this is your first draft of your code, I will work to provide you with additional feedback beyond what I provide for earlier reflection assignments.

Turn to p. 89 (end of Chapter 4) and follow directions for developing your initial draft of your personal code. There are several student examples in Appendix B of the book that you can refer to as well. Do not feel as if you have to hit all of the categories that are listed in the examples, but be sure to cover the areas of lying, stealing, and harm. Any additional categories covered should be based on your own personal set of priorities and values. The recommendations covered in chapter 4 should help you to develop the appropriate language for crafting your personal code. Using the 6 recommendations listed under Failure Factors (starts on p. 85) I believe are particularly helpful.
Turn to p. 112 (end of Chapter 5) and follow the directions to brainstorm alternative options for an ethical dilemma you have faced in the past. You can use the anecdote that you reflected on in Chapter 1 or you may choose a different situation if you so choose. This exercise is helpful in allowing us to examine our options and evaluate which ones align with our personal code of ethics.


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