I believe that one’s values are the foundation to his/her personal and career success. They appear in all of the aspects of one’s life. Some defines values as the concepts that describe the beliefs of a person or culture. They are considered subjective and vary across people and cultures. Values include ethical/moral values, doctrinal/ideological (political, religious) values, social values, and aesthetic values. Some experts will debate that values are innate (selfgrowth, 2011). I argue that values are learned from one’s parents at an early age.
In this paper, I will emphasize on the following: The William Institute Ethics Awareness Inventory self-assessment, reflecting of my values from assessment and comparing them to that of Kudler Fine Foods. The William Institute Ethics Awareness Inventory self-assessment (WIEAI) Ethics Awareness Inventory is a program that allows a person to assess his/her ethic style. The WIEAI self assessment is composed of a series of questions in which the answers help to categorize a person’s ethical style. The Ethics Awareness Inventory (EAI) helps us to determine our values with respect to ethics (University of Phoenix, 2010).
Parents thrive to teach their children values they believe will help them become a “good person. ” A person’s values are also influenced by his/her culture. For example, most Haitians will report to be insulted if they offer somebody a gift and for him/her to refuse it. This concept has been passed on from generations of Haitian Families to the next. Families tend to determine what is moral/ethical or not. Some families find that their children will embrace other moral lessons as they begin to be influenced others and different cultures. Some are reluctant to change.
I have worked with many diverse families (Muslims, Middle Eastern, Caribbean ect) who blame the American Culture for their children’s refusal to accept their cultural values. Our organization try to provide services (individual, family, and therapy along with community services) to help bridge the gap with those families and their children. Writer’s values from EAI self-assessment The results of my awareness Inventory found my ethical perspective most likely to be based on Obligation (24) and my ethical perspective least likely to be based on Character ( score =24) (University of Phoenix, 2010).
I believe that the above EAI scores are somewhat correct. Although my EAI results reported that my ethical perspectives are on obligations, still, I believe that I would do what is right without an obligation. I was brought up to believe in others and give everybody a chance to prove themselves. I was also taught to have respect for others, to be helpful in the community more or so to those who seem less fortunate, be caring, loving, and embrace spirituality (not necessary religion). I will not base ethical decision on another’s character.
As leaders and managers we are obligated to model good ethical decisions-making for our employees. Yukl stated, “Leaders can do many things to promote ethical practices in organizations. The leader’s own actions provide an example of ethical behavior to be imitated by people who admire and identify with the leader” (2006). I do agree with Yukl however, when leaders are face with a diverse population, it could become challenging because they walk in with their own set of values. I want everybody to follow the organization’s ethics to do what is right for it is an obligation to our consumers.
The past week we had discussed in class some of the disadvantages of diversity in the workplace ( Yukl, 2006) and this is an excellent example of those disadvantages. Many of the employees are strong will and will create situations to overturn decisions made. Nevertheless, we thrive to provide training for those who need the support. Kudler Fine Foods Values. KFF has great value similar to some of my values. Some of the values at KFF include respect, equality for its employees and consumer services, and responsibility toward the community according to the 2003 strategy plan (University of Phoenix, 2010).
They knew that they have an obligation toward the community to provide great services. They welcome consumers in their community and thrive to serve them the best quality of products. The people in the community deserve the best services because it is respectful and right. I believe that everybody should be respected no matter who they are. Consumers tend to be happier and spend more when they think that they are respected. When companies provide great customer service and goods, productivity is bound to increase and employees will be rewarded. KFF seems to treat its employees equally and offer them good salary.
KFF also welcome new ideas to improve themselves, this shows humility, and willing to make adjustments. Leaders and managers are supposed to evaluate their performance and workplace and search for the opportunity to grow. They could have hide their weaknesses from the public and decided to keep business as is, instead they welcome them (University of Phoenix, 2010). I also tend to empower my staffs to embrace new ideas to help themselves grow and benefit the company (Nikels, McHugh & McHugh, 2008). I applaud KFF for its effort in exercising those values that seem to help their foundation.
This paper covered several points on values and ethics. The William Institute Ethics Awareness Inventory self-assessment offers scores that seem helpful for individuals to reflect on their ethical/moral scores. Also an opportunity to identify and reflect on my own values. I got an opportunity to compare them to those of Kudler Fine Foods. Although some may believe that values are innate, still, I believe that they are learned . Individuals have the option to use them for their growth or ignore them. Values play a big role in a person’s success. I believe that the values that I learned from my parents and family will carry me far. References..
Gary Yukl. 6th Edition. Leadership in Organizations. 2006 . Published by Pearson Prentice Hall. Copyright © by Pearson Education, Inc Nickels, W. , McHugh, J. , & McHugh, S. (2008). Understanding Business. New York: McGraw- Hill. Self Growth. 1996-2011. Retrieve from http://www. selfgrowth. com/articles/Definition_Personal_Values. html University of Phoenix, 2003. Kudler Fine Foods Virtual Organization. Retrieved from https://ecampus. phoenix. edu/secure/aapd/CIST/VOP/Business/Kudler/Admin/StrategicPlan2003. pdf University of Phoenix, 2003. The William Institute-EAI. Retrieved from https://ecampus. phoenix. edu/secure/aapd/Vendors/TWI/EAI.