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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (86 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph L. Badaracco Narrator: Lloyd James, Sean Pratt Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781469035055
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How do you lead the launch of a product you know will be extremely controversial?


What should you do if a single parent on your staff is falling behind in his or her work?


How should you respond if you are offered an opportunity at work solely because of your race or gender?


This is a book about work choices and life choices, and the critical points, or defining moments, at which the two become one. A refreshing antidote to traditional feel-good, inspirational business ethics, it examines the right-versus-right conflicts that every business manager faces and presents an unorthodox yet practical way for you to think about and resolve them.


When making hard professional decisions, managers often use personal values as a touchstone. Badaracco asserts, however, that resolving such dilemmas is not as simple as the "do the right thing" school of ethics would have you believe. Defining Moments reveals an alternative approach that will help you tackle the more complex and troubling question of what to do when doing the right thing requires doing something else wrong, or leaving another right thing undone.


Drawing on philosophy, literature, and three case studies that reveal the increasing complexity today's managers face as their careers advance, Defining Moments provides tangible examples, actionable steps, and a flexible framework that you can use to make the choices that will shape not only your career, but your character.


Compelling and absent of ethical jargon, this book gets to the core of what makes being a manager so difficult. For new and seasoned managers alike, Defining Moments explores what it means, and whether it's even possible, to be a successful manager and simultaneously a thoughtful, responsible human being.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “This solid, penetrating work, obviously deeply felt by the author, is likely to be well received by boomer managers.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronda | 12/10/2013

    " Great book! It distills 2500 years of philosophy on ethics down to a practical discussion of the questions to ask when faced with moral dilemmas at work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana Walter | 11/9/2013

    " This book was required reading for an ethics class. I found the examples of ethical dilemmas very applicable to dilemmas we all face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefu Smith | 4/17/2013

    " I liked this approach to business ethics a lot more than the accounting ethics book I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 2/28/2013

    " This was an okay book on when managers must make tough choices. It covers issues where it isn't right vs. wrong, but right vs. right and how to make the best decision. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 2/21/2013

    " Very interesting discusion of business ethics. Many archane references to ancient and modern philosophers and some good case studies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 1/1/2013

    " A look at ways to examine right vs. right decisions. I felt it was a little heavy on philosophy but it does make you think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Truppidavies | 11/28/2012

    " School/Phlisophy read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 9/29/2011

    " A good, quick read not only for those in the business world, but as a reminder of how to live your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Baljinder Singh | 8/29/2011

    " A must read for managers faced with ethical dilemmas at work. The book discusses and brings together different philosphies and overall creates a great reference tool to examine the "Right vs. Right" situations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 8/17/2011

    " I read this book for class and thought it was interesting to see the various ethical conflicts that managers can get into and what tools they can use to help find their way out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 3/28/2011

    " A look at ways to examine right vs. right decisions. I felt it was a little heavy on philosophy but it does make you think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 11/18/2010

    " This was an okay book on when managers must make tough choices. It covers issues where it isn't right vs. wrong, but right vs. right and how to make the best decision. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 3/12/2009

    " Very interesting discusion of business ethics. Many archane references to ancient and modern philosophers and some good case studies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronda | 6/1/2008

    " Great book! It distills 2500 years of philosophy on ethics down to a practical discussion of the questions to ask when faced with moral dilemmas at work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana | 3/22/2008

    " This book was required reading for an ethics class. I found the examples of ethical dilemmas very applicable to dilemmas we all face. "

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About the Author

Joseph L. Badaracco is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School. He has served as chair of the MBA Program, taught in executive programs in many countries, and has spoken to a wide variety of organizations on issues of leadership, values, and ethics. Badaracco has written several books on leadership, decision making, and responsibility, including Defining Moments, Questions of Character, and the New York Times bestseller Leading Quietly.

About the Narrators

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.