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Author: Robert Düsterwald
Title: Cheaters, Intriguers and Dazzlers Envy, greed and lies in work and everyday life - and how you can fight it
Publisher: Books on Demand
ISBN/ISSN: 9783750477209
Edition: 1
Price: CHF 12.30
Publication date: 01/01/2020
Category: Live assistance
Language: English
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Pages: 204
Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen
Geräte: PC/MAC/eReader/Tablet
Formate: ePUB
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How relaxed could our life be if there weren't always these dishonest, envious people, cheaters, intriguers and dazzlers. With cunning and lies they gain our trust to abuse it thoroughly. We experience envy and greed, discrimination, exploitation or financial damage, while the cheater makes a career at our expense. His envy does not grant us anything, and he talks badly about us while pretending to be our best friend. And sometimes it is even those who are particularly close to us who deceive us so much: our spouse, a colleague, a relative or our superior. With various checklists in this book, such as the Cheater Recognition Test, you can find out for yourself, whether you are surrounded by honest friends or by underhanded hypocrites. The book also shows you how to defend yourself against cheaters. In addition to the cheating behavior of individuals, the last chapter of the book deals with the threat to the ethical principles in organisations posed by corruption and mismanagement and it describes the internal control system as an effective countermeasure. Robert Düsterwald is a German management consultant. After his studies, he worked for many years as consultant and senior manager in controlling, project management and auditing in companies of various industries. He writes about topics from his professional and private experiences. Robert Düsterwald ist ein deutscher Unternehmensberater. Nach seinem Studium arbeitete er viele Jahre als Berater und Senior Manager in den Bereichen Controlling, Projektmanagement und Audit in Unternehmen verschiedener Branchen. Er schreibt über Themen aus seinen beruflichen und privaten Erfahrungen.
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2 Ethical Conduct in Business and Society

2.1 Ethics, morality and social order

Cheating describes behavior that is incompatible with honorable and respectable demeanor, with honesty and responsibility, with fairness and reliability. This means we enter the ethical and moral field. Thus it is worth taking a look at what these terms mean and why ethics is so important in most civilisations. If I then explain my personal view of cheating as a specific kind of behavior to you in a later chapter, you will always recognise the contradiction of this behavior to ethical principles. Unfortunately, both terms, ethics and morality, are not described uniformly in the literature and their definitions are a little bit abstract 1 . I therefore take the liberty of making my own proposal for the definition of the two terms: Ethics - synonym: Ethos Ethics is the value system of a group or society that their members consider to be a desirable ideal to strive for. The actual behavior usually deviates from this. In this respect, ethics is the yardstick for evaluating our actions. We distinguish human behavior on the basis of this yardstick by evaluating it with the categories good (corresponding to the ethos) or evil (contradicting the ethos). Morality Morality reflects the actual behaviors shown in relation to the value system, but also the norms accepted by most members of a group or society in everyday life. Morality thus refers to the norms and behaviors observable in everyday life. They do not always correspond to the ethical ideal, but to the common custom. Behavior that corresponds to or approaches the ethical ideal is described as ethical or as bearing witness to a high moral standard. Behavior that is below normal morality or far away from ethical values is called unethical or immoral. Both terms are about attitude, the way in which human interaction is founded and judged. With ethics, a civilisation pursues the goal of creating a common basis for interaction of their members, which is binding for everybody and which is generally regarded as good. This basis is then to serve the individual as an orientation for his own behavior. Society, in turn, has a yardstick for the moral evaluation of the actions of individuals and can react to deviations by rewarding or sanctioning them. In my opinion, Immanuel Kants categorical imperative describes very clearly how an individual can best comply with this ethical orientation: Act only according to the maxim by which you can at the same time want it to become a general law 2 . According to an old proverb: Do not do to others what you do not want others to do to you. Now we are interested in why such values and morality concepts are set up as rules for the behavior of all members of a group at all. Wouldnt it be easier if everyone only had his own advantage in mind? Stealing, for example, is usually quicker done than buying and is also cheaper, lying and cheating enable better better negociation results. The social consensus However, morality and ethics are not individual concepts, but social concepts. For what is wrong or right, what is advantageous or dishonest, is not determined by the individual. It is determined by society, that is, by all those who belong to a certain group. Society gives itself a system of values on which the individual members can orient their actions. Why does society do this? Well, because from the groups point of view there are several good reasons for this. The quick benefit from individuals disregarding the value system is countered by a collective