“Richard Shell’s latest book, The Conscience Code, gives us a wise, actionable 10-step guide to holding onto our integrity at work. He shows us how to achieve the most important professional goal of all -- living in accordance with our dearest core values.”
-- Angela Duckworth, Founder, Character Lab; New York Times bestselling author of GRIT.
The social challenges facing us in the 2020’s are radically different than those we faced even one generation ago. Meet the new leaders, or Rebuilders, who are moving us forward and learn how to apply their same effectiveness, qualities, and attributes to you own leadership.
A fast-track colleague elbowing their way up the corporate ladder in your organization is faking their sales reports. Your entrepreneur boss asks you to lie to would-be investors. The team leader is a serial sexual harasser. What should you do? Nobody prepared you for this part of professional life. You face a gut-wrenching choice: “go along to get along” or risk your job by speaking up for what you know is right.
At the Wharton School, MBA students have shared all these stories, and many more, with award-winning Professor G. Richard Shell. They want to stay true to themselves but fear the consequences of speaking up—for their families, office relationships and, ultimately, their careers. They are not alone. Surveys show that more than 40% of employees report seeing ethical misconduct at work, and most fail to report it—killing office morale and allowing the wrong people to set the example.
Shell created The Conscience Code to point to a better path: recognize that these conflicts are coming, learn to spot them, then follow a research-based, step-by-step approach for resolving them skillfully. By committing to the Code, you can replace regret with long-term career success as a leader of conscience.
Solves a crucial problem faced by professionals everywhere: What should they do when they are asked to compromise their core values to achieve organizational goals?
Teaches readers to recognize and overcome the five organizational forces that push people toward actions they later regret.
Lays out a systematic, values-to-action process that people at all levels can follow to maintain their integrity while achieving true success in their lives and careers.
Every organization talks about values. But how can we uphold those values when bosses and peers are behaving badly? The Conscience Code delivers the answer. This powerful and practical book brings the science of persuasion to the problem of doing the right thing—showing leaders at every level how to stand up for their deepest beliefs.
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Do you long to make a positive difference in your workplace? Do you want to feel good about what you do each day? Do you strive to be part of an organization that maintains integrity?
The Conscience Code will provide expert guidance and advice to help you stand up for core values such as honesty, personal dignity, fairness, and justice when the pressure is on to look the other way.
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Rule #1: Face the Conflict
Rule #2: Commit to Your Values
Rule #3: Know Your Enemy
Rule #4: Summon Your Character
Rule #5: Channel Your Personality Strengths
Rule #6: Leverage the Power of Two
Rule #7: Ask Four Questions
Rule #8: Engage the Decision Maker
Rule #9: Hold Them Accountable
Rule #10: Choose to Lead
Leading in the twenty-first century without a conscience is like trying to fly a plane without wings. The Conscience Code shows you how to turn your beliefs into action and take flight.
Cofounder and Former CEO of Kickstarter, Founder of the Bento Society, and Author of This Could Be Our Future
G. Richard Shell is Chair of the Wharton School's Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department. His books on negotiation, influence, and success have sold over half a million copies in seventeen languages, and his online course on "Success" has reached tens of thousands of people around the world. An award-winning teacher and scholar, Richard led the most recent redesign of the Wharton School's MBA curriculum and helped create its required Responsibility in Business course. He directs week-long workshops on negotiation and strategic persuasion for senior executives.