In Ethical Business: Cultivating the Good in Organizational Culture, Richard Kyte provides a handbook for navigating the challenges of today's business world. He offers a proven and accessible method for thinking through complicated problems on one's own, reaching consensus within groups, and communicating controversial decisions to others, which combine to demonstrate the way a virtuous office culture can yield ethical decision making.
"Richard Kyte's Ethical Business elevates business ethics from a process of rules-based problem solving to the practice of character-based relationship building. The author argues that ethical business leaders derive their power from trust, not coercion. The ethical businesses that Kyte describes reap the rewards of attracting more productive employees, more loyal customers, and more committed investors. Kyte provides a blueprint for building companies and brands in sync with today's increasingly socially conscious consumers."
--Frank J. Oswald, Columbia University
Ethical thinking is a skill, one that everyone is capable of learning and developing. Richard Kyte's 'Four-Way Method for Ethical Decision-Making'--a logical, intuitive approach that relies on native abilities--shows students how it's possible to work out complex ethical problems on their own, no sophisticated theories necessary. Most important, readers will discover that the skill of ethical reasoning can be practically employed to live their lives more fully, more meaningfully, and well.
"First-rate, . . . wonderfully accessible, deeply informed, and genuinely constructive. . . . I warmly recommend this fresh and engaging book to anyone looking for a balanced and student-friendly introductory text in ethics."
--James G. Hanink, Loyola Marymount University
Ideas Unite, Issues Divide collects four years’ worth of editorials Richard Kyte has written for the La Crosse Tribune on the topic of the ethical life. These essays examine contemporary and perennial moral conflicts in light of their underlying philosophical ideas. They aspire to contribute to everyday conversation about right and wrong, about virtue and misconduct, not by taking sides but by arguing that such conversation itself is the essence of the good, well-lived life. Ranging from education to ecology, bullying to political speech, drones to boat-building, these essays persuade us that chief among the urgent issues of our day is the thoughtful examination of our own lives.