Nine Basic Steps to Personal Ethical Decision Making
- Practice ethical behavior actively. Initiate a personal ethical awareness program, including the definition of personal worldview and review of core ethical values. Remember, the ethical design professional is consistently ethical!
- Beware of "new" ethics programs. Very little of true value is "new"; all of the necessary tools are already at your fingertips.
- Define the ethical problem when it arises. Ignoring the problem doesn't make the problem go away.
- Formulate alternatives. Avoid "first impulse" solutions without having extensive ethical awareness training and experience.
- Evaluate the alternatives. Always ask yourself: Are they ethical? Am I the sole beneficiary? How would I feel if the roles or circumstances were reversed?
- Seek additional assistance, as appropriate. Turn to previous cases, peers, reliance on personal experience, even prayer if necessary.
- Choose the best ethical alternative. Make sure the alternative you choose is the one that does the most good for all the right reasons.
- Implement the best alternative. With no initiative comes any result.
- Monitor and assess the outcome. Always look at how to improve the next time.