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  1. Introduction
  2. Part I
    1. How long (in years, approximate total) have you been in the workforce? What is your industry or profession?
    2. When you consider your entire career, what ethical dilemma(s) have you been faced with most often in the workplace?
    3. Have you found that as your career progressed over the years, you were faced with different kinds of ethical dilemmas? If so, please explain.
    4. Which ethical dilemma would you say was the most difficult for you? 2 How did you resolve this dilemma (what was your decision), what was your rationale, and what was the end result of that decision?
    5. Knowing what you know now, what, if anything, would you do differently? Why?
  3. Part II
    1. Apply Kidder's dilemma paradigms. Be sure you have enough detail in the interview transcript for me to be able to assess your analysis
    2. What personal or situational factors were relevant to this situation? Explain the relevance.What evidence of self-justification did you find?
    3. If there was any ?breakdown? in the decision-making process, where did it occur - and what evidence do you have? (Awareness / Reasoning / Outcomes). If there was no breakdown, briefly describe why each step in the process was executed properly.
    4. Pretend that you are now in the same situation and you have a choice to make. Apply steps 1-7 of the nine-step framework by Kidder (pp. 178-186 in Kidder Ch. 8), and describe each of the steps - both the answer/outcome and how you got there.
    5. Create and show meaningful connections between this dilemma and at least four pieces of content or readings.In 300 words or less, describe what you learned about ethics from doing this assignment
  4. Conclusion

For this assignment I decided to interview a good friend of mine that has been in the workforce for almost 4 years. He prefers to stay anonymous, so I will only call him by his first name: Thomas. The interview has been done in French, in face to face. I took some notes and tried to translate and to rewrite almost everything he told me.

The most often it is just people speaking in the back of others. Some people tell you things that others shouldn't know. The problem is that this kind of attitude creates tensions between employees and that can really affect the communication between them. It creates groups of ?friends” inside the company. When you're young and new in a big company like that, you try to find people with who you can talk to, eat lunch, take a coffee, smoke a cigarette, etc? Those people tell you many things about people in the office, even people you directly work with. You finish by being in between and having to keep things for yourself, even if we ask you questions. This might be quite typical of big companies with lots of employees.

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