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Personal, Organizational, or Cultural Values Influencing Decision-Making in Personal and Professional Lives

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Personal, Organizational, or Cultural Values Influencing Decision-Making in Personal and Professional Lives Debra C. Williams Managerial Communication & Ethics (COM525) Mr. Jerry Barkley September 24, 2004 Abstract Personal, organizational, and cultural values can affect our decision-making process in our personal and professional lives determining our success or failure. Every decision renders consequences whether good or bad, and these values can influence its outcome. Personal, organizational, and cultural values will describe how you will take the journey as well as the achievement of the journey. These values will be discussed singly and together when used in decision-making in our personal and professional lives. Personal, Organizational, or Cultural Values Influencing Decision-Making in Personal and Professional Lives Whether it is a personal, organizational, or cultural value, a value is a "belief, a mission or a philosophy" (Retrieved September 10, 2004), which can affect our decision-making process in our personal and professional lives. Committing to and applying these values ultimately can determine his or her success or failure in their daily lives. ...read more.


Most organizations place their values in a Code of Ethics and Standard of Conduct policy. This policy: states that each of our employees is responsible for both the integrity and the consequences of his or her own actions. The highest standards of honesty, integrity, and fairness must be followed by each and every employee when engaging in any activity concerning the company particularly in relationships with customers, competitors, suppliers, the public, and other employees. (Blanchard & Peale, 1988, p. 21) Organizations use their values to strategically guide each decision and action with hopefully obtaining a win-win result with good and ethical decision-making. However, if top management and employees do not buy into their company's values', unethical activities may occur from poor decision-making. In an organization, "every difference of opinion" can "encounter a win-lose confrontation" (Blanchard & Peale, 1988, p. 50) whereas a Code of Ethics and Standard of Conduct policy holds everyone accountable for upholding the organization's values. ...read more.


It should be noted, "a person who uses such manipulative behaviors to get ahead in the great American rat race will always feel dishonest, and will suffer from feelings of low self-esteem" (Ferrell & Gardiner, 1991, p. 94). Personal values involve beliefs formed by family, religion, schools, and/or peer group. Organizational values are a translation of a company's behaviors during day-to-day actions to complete a specific mission or goal. Cultural values are voluntary exchanges of knowledge and traditions from a specific origin of people. These values impact the productivity and commitment of our daily lives, and our decision-making determines our success or failure in whatever endeavor we choose. Trust is a good example of the three values - personal, organizational, and cultural values. It is essential for these values and will make decision-making easier regardless of the endeavor. "Trust is the glue that holds" (Ferrell & Gardiner, 1991, p. 53) personal, organizational, and cultural values together as well as they can stand by themselves. Personal, organizational, or cultural values affect decision-making in his or her personal and professional lives such as his or her home, community, workplace, and abroad. ...read more.

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