Ethics Tests

Ethics Tests: 

  • Determine the quality of your group’s ethical reasoning skills.
  • Serious about getting ethics into your organization?

Quick Test for Organizational Ethics Quality

[answer “yes” or “no”]

  1. Are you proud of your group’s ethics?
  2. Are communications void of false pretexts or hidden agendas?
  3. Do ethical codes, policies and practices work positively for everyone?
  4. Is the group routinely improving processes with high consensus?
  5. Do improvements matter and/or last?
  6. Is current resistance to change normal and/or inconsequential?
  7. Is there sufficient trust and openness to resolve important issues?
  8. Are existing practices and policies free of double standards?
  9. Do your superiors set good examples and reward good ethics?
  10. Are your group’s ethics an asset that contributes to business results?

Count the “No’s.”  How did you do?

0 – 3 = excellent,  4 – 6 = average,  7 – 10 = poor.

If you scored average or worse, your organization probably has significant room for improvement and would benefit from assessment and training services.

Short Basic Test for Applied Ethics Quality.

  1. Are lower forms of ethical reasoning routinely interfering with ethical reasoning and decision making?
  2. Is the group routinely failing to meet it’s highest duties in its everyday decisions?
  3. Do everyday decisions generally fail to meet the Golden Rule and serve the Greatest Good for the Most?
  4. Are involved or affected parties routinely excluded from consideration?

Count the “No’s.”  How did you do?

3 – 4 = excellent,  2 = somewhat deficient,  0 -1 = poor.

Short Advanced Test for Applied Ethics Quality.

  1. Are most decisions refined to “good versus good” alternatives?
  2. Are at least 3 alternatives generally considered?
  3. Do meetings often have false pretexts, claiming to be about making a decision when in fact the decision has already been made and only group buy-in is sought?
  4. Are attitudes and decisions monitored and corrected if found to result in unethical consequences?

Count the “No’s.”  How did you do?

3 – 4 = excellent,  2 = somewhat deficient,  0 -1 = poor.


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