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The essential guide for ethical decision-making in the 21st century, The Power of Ethics depicts “ethical decision-making not in a nebulous philosophical space, but at the point where the rubber meets the road” (Michael Schur, producer and creator of The Good Place).

It’s not your imagination: we’re living in a time of moral decline. Publicly, we’re bombarded with reports o
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Simon Schuster
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Jeremy Anderberg
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
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“If we ask a binary question, we get a yes or no answer with little insight into the person’s frame of mind.”

Published just last week, Liautaud’s new book is an easily digestible and highly usable guide for helping the average person make better, more ethical decisions. There’s no getting around the fact that we live in a complex world which is only getting more complex, especially as technology gets more ubiquitous before the law has a chance to catch up.

Instead of just saying yes or no to choi
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Sarah
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
An accessible introduction to the pillars and structure of navigating and establishing parameters for ethics in your daily life. The author also touches on what is termed the ‘ethics edge’ which is gray areas where ethics and the sciences have been outpaced by the growth and development of technology. Many of the questions and examples she poses for the reader to practice using and honing their framework on are thoughtfully explored and interesting.
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Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Drawing upon two decades as an ethics adviser guiding corporations and leaders, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and students in her Stanford University ethics courses, Susan Liautaud provides clarity to blurry ethical questions, walking you through a straightforward, four-step process for ethical decision-making you can use every day. As founder and managing director of Susan Liautaud & Associates, which advises clients such as global corporations and NGOs on matters of ethical c ...more
Sky
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Liautaud provides a motiviating argument for the democratization of ethics by providing people with a framework for doing so. She argues for the necessary and sufficient condition of truth and condems the rise of "alternative facts" what she appropriately rebrands as compromised truth. She enumerates 6 forces that hinder the realization of ethical decisions and actions but demonstrates how the framework provided not only could help prevent such ethical follies yet also provide key insight into h ...more
Kevin
Jan 28, 2021 rated it liked it
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Not a bad read. I’ve done quite a bit of reading in Christian ethics, but this was my first foray into non-religious ethical work. I noticed some overlap, especially some places where I’d have the same conclusions but for different reasons. I think ethics become so much more rich when they are rooted in a robust story of God’s redemptive work in the world, but that isn’t the reason I’m only giving this 3-stars. See, this book has endnotes. Also a few of the stories, though informative, were a bi ...more
V Dixon
I like the books that make me think "If ethics are so valuable then why is it so hard to find these qualities in our 'leaders?'" Interesting many professions have codes of ethics:insurance, fitness, social services yet the professions that seem to control the world:politicians, bankers and the like do not have to subscribe to a code of ethics. ...more
Sapna
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be very meaningful for a number of reasons:

First, it promotes a topic that many assume should or would be foundational to the operations of entities and institutions, but can easily fall to the wayside. I'm glad Dr. Liautaud places a spotlight on a topic which does not necessarily get the attention it deserves.

Second, it highlights the urgency of ensuring ethical thinking is at the forefront of innovation. As regulation can rarely keep up with the potential negative conseq
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