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?

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