It's About Excellence: Building Ethically Healthy Organizations
For too many businesses and their leaders today, business ethics is just about staying out of jail. "Litigation, indictment, and penal system avoidance" is not just the first but the only reason they think ethics is important. It's about "damage control." It's not by accident that these damage control ethics programs are generally under the guidance of legal and compliance departments.
Of course companies need a damage control, crisis management, trouble-shooting component in their ethics and management toolbox. But if that's all there is, something of critical business value is missing.
It's About Excellence tells the larger story. Ethics is about identifying and pursuing excellence and business achievement. It's about getting clear on an inspiring corporate mission and vision, building a value-embedded culture, and pursuing principle-guided practices. Ethics is not a patch-and-repair add-on here; it's something woven through the whole organization, created and owned by the whole workforce.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"It's About Excellence makes the case ---and provides the tools---for a veritable 'wiki-ethics' built and owned by the people throughout the organization. Ethically healthy companies embrace transparency and experience the success created by high trust." -Don Tapscott, co-author, The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business (2003).
"Our company incorporated the ideas and concepts put forth in David Gill's It's About Excellence with resounding success as measured by the acceptance and enthusiasm of our employees. Now we have a moral and ethical guide for our company going forward that really describes our "heart and soul" to our employees and clients. It makes good business sense to me." - Carl Harris, Founder & Chairman, Harris & Associates, Concord, CA
"An ethics text that is readable, practical, and still based on solid ethical theory! David Gill's book will be of value to anyone who has to run an organization, for profit or otherwise." -Lisa Newton, Professor & Director, Program in Applied Ethics, Fairfield University
David W. Gill is a veteran business ethics educator, writer, and consultant. Among his clients have been Harris & Associates (construction and project management), East Bay Municipal Utility District (regional water district), Paradise Foods (retail grocer), Nikon Precision (technology), Swedish Covenant Hospital (health care), and UNext.com (online business education). For these and other clients, Gill provides ethics training and leads projects to develop ethics and values statements and codes, communication, training, and assessment programs. He was educated at UC Berkeley (B.A.), San Francisco State (M.A.), and the University of Southern California (Ph.D.) and has been a professor of ethics for three decades, currently at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.