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After reading the book I decided to write my position paper on the content of Chapter3 The Ethical Gymnast I can identify with several of the scenarios that Mazzeo describes in this chapter During the past 14 years at Sears I have observed several very similar situations in my workplace Webster defines rationalization in this manner as to devise superficial or plausible explanations or excuses for ones acts beliefs or desires usually without being aware that these are not the real motives This chapter describes several instances of how to rationalize a given situation The first example describes a situation of dating between a supervisor and their subordinate There is no way to rationalize this type of behavior Common sense will dictate all of the adverse actions that could happen in this situation I think that stupidity is an appropriate word to describe this example The second example describes a situation in which a sales representative negotiates a very good rate on renting a houseboat for a purchasing agent that he routinely deals with Mazzeo writes that this event constitutes a conflict of interest I think the ethical part of this example would depend on the individual people that were involved There are some sales people that really would not expect the purchasing agent to repay this favor However you do have to consider events that may happen down the road An example of this event might be that the purchasing agent must buy a large shipment of lumber He has narrowed it down to 2 suppliers One happens to be the sales person who got him the boat rental If the buyer picks that particular sales person and a third party finds out about the whole situation including the boat rental it will look like the purchasing agent made an unethical arrangement with the sale representative Mazzeo calls this creative labeling You are merely interpreting the data to make the most favorable case for
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