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Giving Voice to Values
Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right is a
book by Mary C. Gentile (2010). The author is a senior research scholar, an adviser, and an
independent consultant in various institutions. The book follows an approach towards the
development of leadership in business education and work environments. The Giving Voice
to Values (GVV) program follows a curriculum, which centralized around implementing
ethical values. The book is divided into nine chapters with different chapters addressing
specific issues that involve ethical dilemmas. In this essay, I will focus on providing an
assessment of the book with special attention paid to the lesson learned from the book and
how to approach ethical dilemmas.
The author writes about the actions we make based on values in the work
environment. According to Gentile, the observations people make should be based on
awareness of ethical issues and being able to analyze what the right thing to do is in a specific
circumstance. Here, the author attempts to debate that sometimes we can experience external
pressure, which during the attempt to make a decision based on what we believe is right. In
such situations, we should learn to have confidence, and learn the habit of voicing our values.
The author argues that it is important for us to hand value encounters which arise in
our lives and our businesses more successfully and in a confident manner when we recognize
in advance that such moral engagements are a regular part of life and business. Making sure
that we rehearse challenging circumstances or conversations which form a daily part of living
and work, can make ethics to conflict easily and resolve in a manner that is professional and
productive despite specific concerns about possible outcomes on an important professional
relationship.
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According to Gentile, moral lessons help in optimizing knowledge about right and
wrong and the action to consider. The GVV program helps in determining specific courses of
action. The GVV program acknowledges shared values; helps in choosing an action;
normalizing value conflicts; helps in defining professional purpose; helps in understanding
the self; helps in using voice, and helps one to prepare a response. In this context, GVV
incorporates the best approach of making a moral judgment. While moral imagination
focuses on intention, judgment, and awareness, GVV emphasizes moving from values to
actions, which involves giving voice.
Finding the best ways of dealing with ethical dilemmas based on the views from the
book requires an understanding into one’s commitment and values and also to their qualities
and abilities of character which should be considered when dealing with ethical problems.
Giving responses to important issues requires self-knowledge along with the commitment to
uphold shared values. GVV acknowledges the significance of reflecting one’s personal ‘life
story’ as well as their professional identity, values and their purpose.
Communicating ethical values is important; however, it is also important to recognize
that values conflicts are predictable in a work environment, and it is important to prepare for
such challenges. Gentile's book mainly acknowledged that it is important to voice our values
and to do so effectively. In doing so, we learn a lot. The book also used important case
examples, exercises, readings, and assessment tools in discussing the issue of giving voice to
values. In conclusion, to avoid making unethical decisions, it is first important to consider
credible feedbacks in advance through rehearsing or practicing the feedback we give when
situations arise.
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References
Gentile, M. C. (2010). Giving voice to values: How to speak your mind when you know what?
s Right. Yale University Press.

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Running head: GIVING VOICE TO VALUES Giving Voice to Values Name Institutional Affiliation Date 1 GIVING VOICE TO VALUES 2 Giving Voice to Values Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right is a book by Mary C. Gentile (2010). The author is a senior research scholar, an adviser, and an independent consultant in various institutions. The book follows an approach towards the development of leadership in business education and work environments. The Giving Voice to Values (GVV) program follows a curriculum, which centralized around implementing ethical values. The book is divided into nine chapters with different chapters addressing specific issues that involve ethical dilemmas. In this essay, I will focus on providing an assessment of the book with special attention paid to the lesson learned from the book and how to approach ethical dilemmas. The author writes about the actions we make based on values in the work environment. According to Gentile, the observations people make should be based on awareness of ethical issues and being able to analyze what the right thing to do is in a specific circumstance. Here, the author attempts to debate that sometimes we can experience external pressure, which during the attempt to make a decision based on what we believe is right. In such situations, we should learn to have confidence, and learn the habit of voicing our values. The author argues that it is important for us to hand value encounters which arise in our lives and our businesses more successfully and in a confident manner when we recognize in advance that such moral engagements are a regular part of life and business. Making sure that we rehearse challenging circumstances or conversations which form a daily part of living and work, can make ethics to conflict easily and resolve in a manner that is professional and productive despite specific concerns about possible outcomes on an important professional relationship. GIVING VOICE TO VALUES 3 According to Gentile, moral lessons help in optimizing knowledge about right and wrong and the action to consider. The GVV program helps in determining specific courses of action. The GVV program acknowledges shared values; helps in choosing an action; normalizing value conflicts; helps in defining professional purpose; helps in understanding the self; helps in using voice, and helps one to prepare a response. In this context, GVV incorporates the best approach of making a moral judgment. While moral imagination focuses on intention, judgment, and awareness, GVV emphasizes moving from values to actions, which involves giving voice. Finding the best ways of dealing with ethical dilemmas based on the views from the book requires an understanding into one’s commitment and values and also to their qualities and abilities of character which should be considered when dealing with ethical problems. Giving responses to important issues requires self-knowledge along with the commitment to uphold shared values. GVV acknowledges the significance of reflecting one’s personal ‘life story’ as well as their professional identity, values and their purpose. Communicating ethical values is important; however, it is also important to recognize that values conflicts are predictable in a work environment, and it is important to prepare for such challenges. Gentile's book mainly acknowledged that it is important to voice our values and to do so effectively. In doing so, we learn a lot. The book also used important case examples, exercises, readings, and assessment tools in discussing the issue of giving voice to values. In conclusion, to avoid making unethical decisions, it is first important to consider credible feedbacks in advance through rehearsing or practicing the feedback we give when situations arise. GIVING VOICE TO VALUES 4 GIVING VOICE TO VALUES 5 References Gentile, M. C. (2010). Giving voice to values: How to speak your mind when you know what? s Right. Yale University Press. Name: Description: ...
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