There 's No Such Thing As By John C. Maxwell Essay

2263 WordsSep 19, 201610 Pages
There’s No Such Thing as “Business” Ethics is a book written by John C. Maxwell. The book was first published in 2003 by First Warner Books. Maxwell is a well-known expert in leadership and highly desired public speaker. The title of this book may leave one wondering about what Maxwell is trying to say with his book title. Is he saying all business is corrupt and without ethics? Or is he saying that ethics are not a requirement of business situations? The answer is no, Maxwell is expressing neither of those ideas. The author uses this title as an attention grabber. Maxwell is actually saying, and he enforces this idea throughout the book, that there is only ethics. There is no separate category for business ethics or personal ethics. It is simply ethics. The entire book is centered on The Golden Rule and how the rule should apply to business and personal situations. Maxwell uses stories, experiences and even religion to deliver his message on ethics. I, like many others, was drawn to this book because of the title. The title almost seems to give permission to be unethical, brushing off ethics as if it were nothing. This surprising title left me wondering about its true meaning. Is this published author really successful with this type of approach to ethics? For me, the title has a negative implication that required further investigation. My investigation was short. Maxwell explains in a short preface the story behind the title. He explains in one simple sentence.
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