Seven questions help me structure my own ethical decision-making process:
Q1 – What are my personal values that inform what is right for me in this situation?
Q2 – What are my biases that might influence how I apply my values to the dilemma?
Q3 – What is the primary issue in this situation? What are the secondary issues?
Q4 – What are the facts from all perspectives?
Q5 – Who are the stakeholders and how will they be helped or harmed by the outcome?
Q6 – What are the options I could consider in the scenarios of how this could be resolved?
Q7 – What outcome will help the most, hurt the least?
Character is tested in the times of ethical turmoil. Your integrity can be affirmed, even by people who may not agree with your final decision, when they know three things: (a) the values that informed your decision, (b) the biases you managed in the decision-making process, (c) the outcome helped the most and hurt the least.
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