Aristotle Analysis: The Business Of Being Good

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The Business of Being Good: The Aristotle Analysis
Angela R. Davis
Fresno Pacific University
BUS-442-BBK79/OB107-META

The Business of Being Good: The Aristotle Analysis Many times those in search of inspiration have looked to the past and examined the classical philosophy of ancient Western civilization. Tom Morris, the author of If Aristotle Ran General Motors, is one such individual. The author highlights many practices that business leaders are getting wrong, and offers solutions to these issues. As an educator who taught philosophy and studies religion, Morris makes a valid case on how one should act in the workplace based on some classical themes by one of history’s wisest thinkers, Aristotle. Morris illustrates why any company serious about attaining true excellence must adhere to four timeless merits recognized by Aristotle centuries ago: Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and Unity. It is about ensuring a corporate culture that all people involved from the top of management,
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Trust is integral to any successful relationship and crucial to having an ethical workplace environment. In fact Morris uses the words of T.H. Huxley, “Veracity is the heart of morality” to emphasize this thought (Morris, 1998). In exploring the Intellectual Dimension, which aims at truth, the author explains that to be concerned with Truth essentially means that people in the workplace can speak without any deception, whether they are executives, or lower ranking employees. Morris claims that when management keeps secrets and is less than honest with employees, the morale of the company is damaged (1998). Integrity is a fundamental trait of character that enables a person to withstand pressures that might compromise ethical judgment and lead a person to act out of expediency, and even greed, rather than from a principled

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