Giving Voice to Values for Business Leaders
Giving Voice to Values is an exciting new approach to preparing future business
leaders to voice and act on their values.
The goal is to help future managers and leaders figure out what to do next
when a boss wants to alter the financial report, or their sales team applies
pressure to misrepresent the capabilities of their product, or they witness
discrimination against a peer. The near term skill set revolves around what
to say, to whom and how to say it when a the manager knows what her
or she thinks is right when an ethical breech occurs but doesn't feel confident
about how to act on his or her convictions.
This overlooked but consequential skill set is the first step in building the
ethical muscle. Rather than a focus on ethical analysis , the Giving Voice to
Values (GVV ) curriculum focuses on ethical implementation and asks the
question: What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and
do? How could I be most effective?
If you would like to explore ways to bring the Giving Voice to Values curriculum
and approach into your business education, you can:
-- Review the curriculum on CasePlace.org, by clicking here.
--Consider offering a train-the-trainer workshop on Giving Voice to Values for your
in-house leadership development staff and/or a custom curriculum development initiative for your company. Contact , Director, Giving Voice to Values.
Dozens of faculty at business schools from Yale to Notre Dame to MIT to Columbia to Stanford to the Indian School of Business have tested and re-tested elements of the pilot curriculum. GVV is a collaborative project of The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program and the Yale School of Management. Drawing on both the actual experience of business practitioners as well as cutting edge social science and management research, GVV fills a long-standing and critical gap in business education. It helps students identify the many ways that individuals can and do voice their values in the workplace, and it provides the opportunity to script and practice this voice in front of their peers.
Giving Voice to Values holds the promise to transform the foundational assumptions upon which the teaching of business ethics is based, and importantly, to equip future business leaders to know not only what is right but how to make it happen.