How to Make the Right Choice

Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO of Cummins

 

 

 

Tom Linebarger gives his insight into dealing with difficult decisions. He offers a practical, simple approach to making the right call -- even when it feels like there is no right answer.

Teaching Notes

Use the following prompts to facilitate a guided discussion on this installment of Walking the Talk: Insights on Putting Ethics into Practice.

Describe a situation from your experience similar to the one Tom describes in which the right decision is not immediately obvious. How did you choose between your options? How did financial versus ethical frames play into your decision?

Can you relate to the concept of "post-rationalization?" How have you seen examples of this behavior manifest in your career? In others' careers?

What do you think about the use of creativity and ingenuity in solving these difficult problems? How have you witnessed people using these tools to mitigate financial impacts? Can you recall other instances of people innovating in order to preserve their values?

What does Tom's strategy have to do with the idea of doing well and doing good?

Related Content

Improving Ethics Training

Improving Ethics Training

Companies spend billions of dollars on ethics training programs each year. But are they effective? Joan Dubinsky, former Chief Ethics Officer at the United Nations, offers insights on what causes an ethics training program to fail, and she suggests ways you can redesign your organization's program to create ethical leaders.

What is Integrity?

What is Integrity?

Integrity is the most-mentioned corporate value. But what is integrity, and how do we build it? Research suggests that when it comes to developing a reputation for integrity, small wins may actually matter more than grand commitments.