Successful Ethical Decision Making: Get What You Want Without Getting in Trouble

Making the right choices in life, with confidence, puts success within your reach! Michael Tate Barkley’s Successful Ethical Decision Making is an easy-to-follow guide for anyone who wants to feel more confident about the decisions they make– whether in their business or personal lives – and for anyone who wants to know the secret to real success in life.

Now It’s Easy to Make Tough Decisions with Confidence

Are you tired of struggling with tough decisions in your daily life? Would you like to attack every dilemma in your life with confidence knowing you will make the right choice?

Michael Tate Barkley draws on his 18 years practicing law to offer a simple process for making any kind of decision with confidence.

This practical and inspiring guide will help you learn how to act as a fiduciary and be successful as you make every day decisions in your life.

Successful Ethical Decision Making: Get What You Want Without Getting In Trouble, co-authored with John Henry Glover, introduces a time-tested process for making decisions that ensures that you make the right choice every time.

Not merely a collection of good ideas, this book is a step-by-step guide that teaches you the decision making secrets of successful CEO’s, lawmakers and world leaders. And this process applies to every decision you make, whether you are teacher, a business owner, an officer of a public company or a stay at home mom.

"Everyone wants to make big decisions with confidence. Now, Michael Tate Barkley’s book gives you a simple, yet effective, step-by-step process to help you solve problems, make decisions and be more successful in life."

Greg L. Barta, Director, Corporate Accounting, Mirant Corporation

"People of all ages, in any business or profession, can apply Barkley’s protocol to an ethical dilemma and be assured of a thoughtful and deliberate decision making process."

Rebecca K. Sampson, Retention Manager – Department of Human Resources Southern Methodist University

"Barkley’s book is a powerful statement that honesty and trust are the keys to decision making in business as well as in life."

Roger S. Blair, M.D. Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (In Neurology) Diplomate of the American Board of Electrodiagnositc Medicine Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (In Clinical Neurophysiology) Diplomate of the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners Fellow of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians Felllow of the American Association of Electrodiagnotic Medicine

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This is a book to be read and re-read. It is a handbook for anyone at any stage of life, whether they are just beginning to make life’s big decisions, or feel that they have made all of the wrong decisions and need to improve their life.

If you want make more effective decisions and reach your true potential in life, Successful Ethical Decision Making will give you the tools you need to start reaching for success today!

You’ll Learn...

  • How to break down a difficult dilemma to its basic elements.
  • How a simple series of questions that you ask yourself will yield the answers you need every time.
  • What gets in the way of successful decision making and the three simple changes that anyone can make to get better results.
  • How to make a decision and ensure a positive outcome for all involved.

Why this book matters now...

The self-esteem movement of the past two decades heralded by the Baby Boom generation has left "Generation Me" unprepared for the stress and challenges of a competitive workplace. "Generation Me" has been taught from the beginning that they are special "just because". This specialness does not necessarily result from possessing some extraordinary talent or skill. Research has confirmed this disconnect has left "Generation Me" particularly susceptible to ethical shortcomings.

The challenge is teaching effective decision making, particularly using the model of a fiduciary, with a generation that has been so absorbed in themselves from the very beginning. This focus on " me" has been encouraged but the culture and the parents. Generation “Me” is finding it especially difficult to move into the workplace and to find success they expect because this self absorption runs headlong into the needs of a corporation and a community.

And this challenge is not just for Generation “Me”, but also for those who teach them, hire them and manage them. Learning how to guide this generation as they enter the adult world and make decisions that affect not only themselves, but the lives and livelihoods of those around them is more critical than ever.

How the principles in this book can be applied to daily life...

The face of America is changing. Our culture is increasingly diverse and therefore an uncomfortable series of concerns begins to arise when discussing ethics. Most people believe that ethics in its pure form is a matter of moral propriety, and moral propriety is a dangerous subject, especially in a world that is diverse and is as multi-cultural as ours.

Some people fear that different people from varying cultures and religious traditions might take offense at being taught or trained in moral or ethical traditions unlike their own. This discomfort is exacerbated by an almost universal view that morality and ethics for some evolve only from a particularly religious text or cultural creed. But as we look around, we find that most organizations are comprised of persons of different religions, cultures, ethnicities, and age groups.

The challenge that we all face is finding an acceptable common point of reference for such a diverse array of people. Successful Ethical Decision Making provides people from all walks of life a simple methodology for making decisions that are ethical without treading into religious texts and beliefs -- the legal notion of the duties of a fiduciary.

About the Author...

Michael Tate Barkley is a partner in the law firm Bain & Barkley (www.bainandbarkley.com) with 18 years of legal experience, an Assistant Instructional Professor in Communications Law and Ethics for the University of Houston School of Communications, and is Founder of Critical Communications, LLC. He works with corporations, not-for-profits and government entities, training their people in the fiduciary protocol that is the subject of his book. He has also been trained by the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and is a Certified Prejudice Reduction Trainer with the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI).

Tate has been interviewed in top media markets across the country and on national radio programs as a breaking news expert in business ethics, political issues, and other socially relevant topics in his areas of expertise.

Tate Barkley is in demand as both a dynamic and engaging speaker and a highly sought after trainer with a wonderful ability to inform and inspire audiences to develop and apply a personal code of ethics in order to achieve their goals. To book Tate for your event or for more information about his speaking topics visit www.criticalcommunications.org.

What Tate says about making decisions with confidence...

"I think that my book offers simple solutions for making successful ethical decisions whether you are a homemaker, or a CEO of a fortune 500 company. This is a simple protocol with no gray area. When you look at the duty of obedience, this essentially means honor. Honor is doing what you said you would do or what you agreed to do. Following "agreed-to" contracts and governing documents. It is a little legal at first, but more importantly it just means doing what you said you would do, it’s that simple.

The second part of the fiduciary protocol is loyalty, and loyalty literally means steadfast allegiance to a person/customer cause. But as a practical matter in the fiduciary protocol that I use, loyalty means doing what you said you would do even though there is nothing in it for you.

The third part of the protocol is the duty of care, which means conducting yourself as a reasonable prudent person would in the same or similar circumstances. A fiduciary is entrusted to act for the benefit of another, and the duty of care requires that you use all your resources, and all prudence to make a decision that is best for someone else even if you are affected. Applying these three principles to every decision you make will give you the confidence that you are not only making the right decision, but that the outcome will be a successful one.”

Successful Ethical Decision Making:
Get What You Want Without Getting in Trouble

Making the right choices in life, with confidence, puts success within your reach!

Michael Tate Barkley's Successful Ethical Decision Making is an easy-to-follow guide for anyone who wants to feel more confident about the decisions they make– whether in their business or personal lives – and for anyone who wants to know the secret to real success in life.

For more information about Michael Tate Barkley or to book him as a speaker at your next event, please visit www.criticalcommunications.org.

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