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I accidentally found out that my team partner Andy was planning toquit the internship just several days before an important presentationWhether to tell mentor Pam about it became an ethical dilemma To tellmeans that I betray my peeking at others phone without permission Notto tell means the possibility to jeopardize the interests of teammembers By following the rational decision-making model and thoroughlyconsidering utilitarianism social justice and other ethical frameworksthe optimized solution has been worked out as talking to Andy first andpersuading Andy into talking to Pam To make Andy believe that he needsto have a conversation with Pam emotional appeal and rational analysisare applied to convince Andy that it is the best solution for his ownsake and can create win-win situationFirst of all is to appeal to Andys emotion for which timing andcontext are critical It is unwise to talk about the whole issue out ofblue because it possibly arouses Andys anger when he suddenly knowsthat his privacy was violated The right time for the conversation iswhen Andy is absent-minded or seems under stress during the preparationwork When the proper time comes the first step is to express care byasking Andy what he worries about The ideal result is to let Andyhimself speak out his quitting plan If Andy intends to keep hisdecision secret I will apologize first and admit that I saw the messagefrom his mother Then I would promise Andy that I have no intention torat on him and show understanding about his situation The sincereapology and the offer of help is likely to win over Andys trust whichwill facilitate the persuasionThe rational analysis can be divided into two parts to examine the prosand cons as well as to refute an alternative solution The suggestionabout Andy talking Pam has the following merits It will minimize theloss of the company which is in accordance with the doctrine ofutilitarianism greatest good for the greatest number as JeremyBentham states To tell before
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