Management Tip of the Day: Behave ethically: respect others

Wed May 25, 2011 10:41am EDT
 
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Business may lionize individual achievements, but responsibility to others is key, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"There has been a lot of debate in the past few years about what is ethical in business. There are certainly gray areas, but recognizing that your actions impact others is the first step toward ethical behavior.

Here are two rules to consider when trying to do what's right:

1. Help others while respecting their dignity. Offering assistance to colleagues is ethical. But, no matter how intended, the offer could come off as patronizing. Balance your desire to help with their need for self-respect.

2. Remember you are responsible to others. No one exists in isolation and while American work culture may emphasize individual achievement, remember that you rely on, impact, and collaborate with others."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Students Teach Business Ethics" by John Paul Rollert.

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