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Most people know the difference between right and wrong, but far fewer have the courage to act on their convictions when the stakes seem high, especially in the workplace. Babson College researcher Mary C. Gentile lucidly outlines and discusses the fundamentals of the “Giving Voice to Values” (GVV) curriculum she launched at the Aspen Institute in conjunction with Yale University. This ethics-based course of study is now part of more than 140 college-level business education programs worldwide. If you’ve ever kept silent despite your better judgment, GVV strategies can help you develop the skills and tools you need to speak up and take action. Gentile provides examples of how real people have dealt with complex values-based issues in corporate settings and offers a robust menu of self-assessment exercises to illuminate the discourse. getAbstract believes anyone in the workforce at any level will find great value in this approach to living and working in accord with your principles.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What values are, what they are not and how they differ from ethics and morals;
  • How to recognize and assess values-based conflicts in your workplace; and
  • How and when to use various tools to speak up and act on your values.

About the Author

Mary C. Gentile, who holds her PhD in humanities, directs the Giving Voice to Values curriculum at Babson College, where she is a senior research scholar. Previously, she taught for 10 years at Harvard Business School.



The Underlying Premise of “Giving Voice to Values”
Across cultures, most people feel a strong sense of right and wrong. When facing an ethical dilemma, they generally want to do the right thing. Yet they often fail to follow through for fear of negative repercussions, especially at work...

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    Amir Fawzy 6 months ago
    How to evaluate your personal act?
    The hard part how to find your voice and organize your thoughts.
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    Olga Ayala 6 years ago
    to act on your own values is an encourage act also it is a powerfull skill, once you have distinguished between moral and ethic values of course. People use to have different moral values.
    Anyway, we have to find out the way to match our own ethic values with the company values; when it happens the organizational enviroment will be better.
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    Nguyen Tri Thong 6 years ago
    Interesting issue. However, the book would be even greater if, besides instructing readers the best way to voice up their values in the organisation, it also helps them how to act in case there are gaps between their values and the ones of their bosses, their subordinates, their colleagues and above of all, their organisation. For example, how to effectively get others buy into one's value system, or how to bridge the value gap etc.

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