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Use Your Gray MatterTo Clear Up a Gray Area

We all have a code of ethics: a set of principles by which we guide our behavior. But as you enter the workforce, you’ll soon realize you’ll have to adjust to someone else’s code, which may not always be clear at first. Understanding that code, however — including the reasons for its existence — will help you avoid awkward situations and maybe advance your career.

As a class, form into small groups and list five things not tolerated at school and why. Then list five things not tolerated at work and why. Finally, consider the six pillars of character education: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Individually, write a paragraph describing how each pillar reflects on the issues your group identified. When finished, discuss this as a class.

For more on this and other ethics activities, review SkillsUSA’s newly redesigned Professional Development Program, now available at:

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly.
— Plato

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SkillsUSA Champions | Fall 2008 | Volume 43, No. 1
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