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For this assignment, you will be writing a summary of the chapter “True Lies” excerpted from Jeffrey Seglin’s book, The Good, the Bad, and Your Business. Your summary should not exceed 500 words.
A summary is a brief restatement, in your own words, of the content of a source—a passage, an article, a chapter, or a book. This restatement should focus on the central idea of the source, and, therefore, a summary can be only one or two sentences long. A longer, more complete, summary, which is the kind you will be crafting, will state the central idea of the source and include the main ideas that support or explain the central idea. It may even refer to some important illustrative examples.
A summary is hierarchical in structure, for it begins with the most important central idea, followed by the supporting ideas and examples. A good summary will even reflect the order in which the ideas are presented in the source. In this summary, condense the ideas in this chapter as completely as possible and mirror its organization as well.
To read this chapter (or any article) and produce the draft of your summary, use the following strategies:
- Write in the margins as you read the article. Jot down brief notes that identify content and summarize or explain ideas. · Don’t highlight unimportant details, examples, or redundancies.
- Don’t highlight unimportant details, examples, or redundancies. · Locate and underline the thesis or central idea of the article. If you can’t locate an obvious thesis statement, write one that states the central idea. · Then, identify the major topic divisions/sections of the article. Subject headings may be useful guides to this organization. Highlight all of the supporting ideas in each section.
Editing Strategies – Use vivid and exact language to make your summary clear and interesting. Refer to the thesaurus, if necessary. – Use effective transitional expressions between statements within a paragraph and between paragraphs. – Use present tense in referring to the author and the article. For instance, the “author states” instead of the “author stated”; the “article contains” instead of the “article contained.” – In your first reference to the author, use both names; for subsequent references, use only the last name. – Make sure you retain the same tone and emphasis as the writer maintains. – Don’t include your opinions on the issues. – Don’t include direct quotations from the article. Present the information in your own words. – Combine sentences wherever possible and appropriate. – Eliminate wordiness, redundant expressions, or unnecessary details. – Rewrite and edit until this version meets the required length.
Chapter Summary: “True Lies” from The Good, the Bad, and Your Business
This paper summaries “True lies” which is a chapter in Jeffrey Seglin’s business ethics book, The Good, the Bad, and Your Business. In this chapter, the author highlights how individuals in different positions can make a mistake of lying and find themselves facing severe consequences. Even though there is a thin line between lying and pretense, Seglin (2007) tries to strike a difference between them and how to distinguish them.
In the chapter, the writer echoes the consequences of lying and how it affects people’s positions in society. The author also indicates his view on different professionals and their opinions on the issue of lying which he states as severe consequences which may be difficult to solve. One of the effects of lying, as depicted in this chapter, is that it destroys relationships for individual gains (Seglin, 2007). According to the author, lying happens in different places and at different levels of the State including the political arena, at school level or in the business environment. Lying may be viewed by others as a way for getting through certain situations, but its damages are difficult to undo.
Another consequence of telling a lie stated by the writer is that it damages peoples’ lives (Seglin, 2007). No matter where a lie is told, it affects other people. In society what happens to political leaders also happens to business leaders thus these leaders should be aware that their engagements have tremendous effects on other people. Besides, the actions of political and business leaders have the potential to cause damages beyond their reputations. Activities of desired leaders can easily be imitated by others looking up to them; therefore, by living a lie, they risk nurturing a society of liars.
Despite the effects of lying, the author also recognizes that it is not possible to tell the truth every minute of the day. Sometimes discretion is needed. In this ethical dilemma, Seglin (2007) refers to this type of a lie as posturing. The author refers to the case of new entrepreneurs with inadequate experience and capital to start a business who sometimes are forced to lie to receive help (Seglin, 2007). Since in this case the lie is based on passion, positivity, and assertiveness, he refers to it as posturing. He strikes the difference based on the fact that lying is dishonest and manipulative. For example, the author uses a business transaction to expound on posturing. A business transaction is characterized by bargaining where neither party is entirely honest regarding the prices or quality nor lacking integrity (Seglin, 2007). The author states that in business, posturing is used to make businesses more established. However, if not well managed, it can be turned into lying, thus leading to the consequences earlier mentioned.
According to the author, the dilemma between lying and posturing has made it possible for people, especially the new businesses entering the market, to validate lying while considering it as posturing. When business leaders in such organizations validate lies, employees will follow their actions thinking it is the only way to achieve business success. The writer finalizes the chapter by suggesting that even if lying may seem the only possible decision in some circumstances, there will still be consequences.
Seglin, J. L. (2007). “True lies.” In The Good, the Bad, and Your Business Choosing Right When Ethical Dilemmas Pull You Apart. Smith/Kerr Associated LLC, Kittery Point, ME.