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There's No Such Thing as "Business" Ethics: There's Only One Rule for Making Decisions

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There's no such thing as business ethics. How can that be? Because a single standard applies to both your business and personal life-and it's one we all know and trust: the Golden Rule. Now bestselling author John C. Maxwell shows you how this revered ideal works everywhere, and how, especially in business, it brings amazing dividends. There's No Such Thing As "Business" E ...more
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Published August 12th 2003 by Center Street
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Jul 15, 2016 Hans rated it it was ok
Meh, no major revelation here, could have been so much better. Maxwell identifies only one underlying principle for correct human behavior towards others and that is essentially the Golden Rule. I feel like he could have gone much deeper than he did but I don't think he understands the deeper psychology of it. The Golden Rule is simple, it's EMPATHY turned into a moral principle. However most humans are born with this capacity, though how far it develops largely depends on a variety of environme ...more
Dec 21, 2014 Kay rated it it was amazing
This was an easy read but the words in it were encouraging and uplifting. It all boils down to the golden rule. Either you adhere to it or you don't. If you behave differently in your business behavior than in your private life, then your not really following the golden rule. It's not something you can do when the notion strikes you and then in a different circumstance not do it. You can but your not being a person with honorable integrity. The golden rule must be used every time and everywhere. ...more
Don Weidinger
Dec 07, 2014 Don Weidinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
convenience to win rationalize, longer view, behavioral interviews, man can do better, lighter vs darker, more tangible, golden rule, better return for ethical, valued appreciated trusted respected, GA character focus not on self, newspaper test, not if it feels good debt divorce, power like powerful women of beauty and grace, pride as root of all others, greatest opportunity to change who you are, responsibility is price of greatness, master moods, discipline of octopus, actions and beliefs, th ...more
Jonathan Beigle
Jun 06, 2014 Jonathan Beigle rated it really liked it
Shelves: money-business
This book is 100% focused on living your business life based on the Golden Rule. It was a very short, quick read. Nothing in here was groundbreaking new material, but after a pretty slow start, I enjoyed it. There are a lot of good quotes in here (some from Maxwell, many good ones from other people).

- p. 7 - "'Morality is a private and costly luxury.' Ironically, in today's culture of high debt and me-first living, ethics may be the only luxury some people are choosing to live without!"
- p. 7 -
Joseph McBee
Sep 20, 2013 Joseph McBee rated it it was ok
John Maxwell is nothing if not prolific. The pastor turned personal development guru sells a lot of books. I know some people that read everything the man puts out. Me, I've read five of his books including this one...I think.

Personally, I've always found his work derivative. He basically takes what others have written and said and packages it around a theme. I am not saying his books aren't helpful or interesting in their own way. In fact, I found his book BEYOND TALENT pretty interesting and i
Brad Dunn
Jul 05, 2014 Brad Dunn rated it really liked it
This book has some great examples from history where doing the right thing in business has paid off. At a time where our business has just become a b corporation, essentially a business doing the right thing certificate, I feel like we've made the right choice.
Aug 23, 2011 Dianne rated it liked it
Shelves: kpl
Quick read - good thing to think about in terms of the decisions you make as your 'work self' and your 'home self'. In reality, these should have the same response. The point was a bit overdone, but it had lots of real-life examples to present as examples. Some of the stories and reference are becoming dated, and will become inconsequential because they are replaced by newer scandals. The summary of action points were drawn out, nothing catchy to keep in mind, but I did pull out some useful poin ...more
Danijel Brestovac
Nov 10, 2010 Danijel Brestovac rated it it was amazing
MAXWELL, John C. Ni takšne stvari kot poslovna etika. Velenje: IPAK. 2007. ISBN 978-961-91632-2-1

Str. 18- ista oseba, ki goljufa pri davkih ali si prilašča lastnino podjetja, pričakuje poštenost in integriteto od korporacij, katerih delnice kupuje, od politikov, ki jih voli, in od strank, ki jih srečuje pri svojem delu.

Str. 38- biti vreden zaupanja je večji kompliment kot pa biti ljubljen (george MacDonald)

vsakdo, ki zlorabi moč, jo neizogibno tudi izgubi. Zlorabljajoči CEO-ji, enako kot dikt
Bharath Chowdary
Dec 29, 2015 Bharath Chowdary rated it liked it
title is opposite to the content
Raymond Christopher
John Maxwell reminded me about 'the golden rules' which crumbled the common belief that to be successful, we need to focus on ourselves and beat others. He shows a lot of examples where it might be true that some of these people will earn a lot of money, but without integrity and trust, every bit of those will be temporary; some ended with bankruptcy or even suicide. Focus on family before career, focus on others before ourselves, and we will enjoy the real lifelong success. A must read for all ...more
sound advice
Nathan Carlson
Meandering treatment... but good basic point, there is no "business ethics," just "ethics."
Zac Vineyard
Jan 13, 2014 Zac Vineyard rated it really liked it
This was a quick concise read on a basic ethical rule that can help you make all the decisions in your life. It was engaging, fun, and inspiring.
Dec 19, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
This is the best, most straightforward book about ethical business practices I have read. Maxwell expands on the Golden Rule, the only rule we really need for all ethical guidance, and crafts a succinct explanation for how to apply it. I highly recommend this book to anyone in business, education, religion, or government.
Brandon Perry
Nov 18, 2013 Brandon Perry rated it really liked it
To much truth in this book. In a world where most of us believe lying to get ahead is ok or normal this book teaches us ethics are the same across the board in every area of our life. John also gives some great insight in how to keep our character and integrity in line.
Jan 24, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it
Very thought provoking book; a quick read I'd recommend to anyone in the business world. Tackles the tough subject of ethics and it's place in business, even bringing religion into that context. Ethics is in the details.
James Wirshing
Feb 25, 2011 James Wirshing rated it really liked it
If you've read other books by John Maxwell, then this title is no surprise. If you don't display ethics in other parts of your life, then you certainly won't be able to show them in business.
Mohamed abdulkadir
Jan 16, 2011 Mohamed abdulkadir rated it really liked it
it is all about the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you, treat the people the way you like to be treated!
Aug 09, 2012 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
I would highly recommend this book. This book is based on the Golden Rule. Treat others as you would want to be treated in the workplace.
Sep 21, 2007 Amy rated it it was amazing
Listening to the unabridged audio book, read by the author. Excellent material for living a life of meaning and integrity.
Oct 09, 2015 Lynne rated it really liked it
So far this is a great little book with a lot of truth!
Patrick Brown
Jan 31, 2008 Patrick Brown rated it really liked it
Good Book. Must read.

Remember....The golden rule!
Sep 08, 2013 Pinky rated it really liked it
inspiring and enlightening at the same time;)
Miki Kiboi
Dec 11, 2012 Miki Kiboi rated it it was amazing
to the point!!!!
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John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 16 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and INJOY Stewardship Services. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and audiences as diverse as the United States Military Ac ...more
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