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The Power of Ethics

How to Make Good Choices in a Complicated World

The essential guide for ethical decision-making in the 21st century.

It’s not your imagination: we’re living in a time of moral decline. Publicly, we’re bombarded with reports of government leaders acting against the welfare of their constituents; companies prioritizing profits over health, safety, and our best interests; and technology posing risks to society with few or no repercussions for those responsible. Personally, we may be conflicted about how much privacy to afford our children on the internet; how to make informed choices about our purchases and the companies we buy from; or how to handle misconduct we witness at home and at work.

How do we find a way forward? Today’s ethical challenges are increasingly gray, often without a clear right or wrong solution, causing us to teeter on the edge of effective decision-making. With concentrated power structures, rapid advances in technology, and insufficient regulation to protect citizens and consumers, ethics are harder to understand than ever. But in The Power of Ethics, Susan Liautaud shows how ethics can be used to create a sea change of positive decisions that can ripple outward to our families, communities, workplaces, and the wider world—offering unprecedented opportunity for good.

Drawing on two decades as an ethics advisor guiding corporations and leaders, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and students in her Stanford University ethics courses, Susan Liautaud provides clarity to blurry ethical questions, walking you through a straightforward, four-step process for ethical decision-making you can use every day. Liautaud also explains the six forces driving virtually every ethical choice we face. Exploring some of today’s most challenging ethics dilemmas and showing you how to develop a clear point of view, speak out with authority, make effective decisions, and contribute to a more ethical world for yourself and others, The Power of Ethics is the must-have ethics guide for the 21st century.

Norman Seeff Productions

Susan Liautaud is the founder and managing director of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited, which advises clients ranging from global corporations to NGOs on complex ethics matters. She teaches cutting-edge ethics courses at Stanford University and is the founder of the nonprofit platform The Ethics Incubator. She also chairs and serves on a number of global nonprofit boards. She divides her time between Palo Alto, California, and London.

Ethics on the Edge is an absolutely brilliant, engaging, and very timely cri-de-coeur for a new ethical reframing of how to make decisions. Follow its instructions and you will be a better decision maker—and person.”
Ruth Chang, Statutory Chair and Professor of Jurisprudence at University of Oxford

“Being able to make sound decisions in a fast-changing world is a lifesaver, which is what ethicist Susan Liautaud offers in her new book, Ethics on the Edge. Actionable and ready to use by all, it makes ethical dilemmas clear instead of leaving you to agonize over impossible choices. A must read for anyone who wants to make choices they can have confidence in long-term.”
—Joanne Liu, former international president of Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres

“Brilliantly effective and truly visionary, Ethics on the Edge comes as a powerful reminder of how each of our decisions impacts the stories of others. So get reading now, and don’t let ethics happen to you: always be an actor—and never a spectator—of your own life.”
—Sebastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor