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Charting the Course: Values for Navigating Life in the Marketplace [Paperback]

By Bruce Howard (Author)
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Why is it that the same economic forces that produce good things for us like penicillin and housing are just as effective at bringing us things like pornography and heroin? How can the same systems of production generate such a wide array of good and bad outcomes? Markets are morally neutral. But people are not. Markets recognize no moral difference between good and evil. Markets dont inherently recognize any values other than those brought by men and women to the marketplace each and every day. At the core of the market system is a concept of value that says things are worth what I, the individual, say they are worth. We can have a deep respect for the power of markets to efficiently and effectively produce goods and services that increase societys standard of living. But should we uncritically embrace a system that has as its most foundational principle, a concept of value that is so intensely humanistic, egocentric, and relativistic? There is a way forward. While it is true that markets have no values, they are wonderful mirrors for reflecting the values that people bring to the marketplace each and every day. If people bring the right values, then markets will produce the right outcomes. People from all walks of life have a shared vision for the economic world in which they want to live. We do know what is right. The task before us is to take what we know and apply these practical principles in daily economic life.

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Why is it that the same economic forces that produce good things for us like penicillin and housing are just as effective at bringing us things like pornography and heroin? How can the same systems of production generate such a wide array of good and bad outcomes? Markets are morally neutral. But people are not. Markets recognize no moral difference between good and evil. Markets don t inherently recognize any values other than those brought by men and women to the marketplace each and every day. At the core of the market system is a concept of value that says things are worth what I, the individual, say they are worth. We can have a deep respect for the power of markets to efficiently and effectively produce goods and services that increase society?'s standard of living. But should we uncritically embrace a system that has as its most foundational principle, a concept of value that is so intensely humanistic, egocentric and relativistic? There is a way forward. While it is true that markets have no values, they are wonderful mirrors for reflecting the values that people bring to the marketplace each and every day. If people bring the right values, then markets will produce the right outcomes. People from all walks of life have a shared vision for the economic world in which they want to live. We do know what is right. The task before us is to take what we know and apply these practical principles in daily economic life.

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Studio: Authentic
Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.63" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.61 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2008
Publisher   AUTHENTIC BOOKS
ISBN  1934068357  
ISBN13  9781934068359  


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GARY OLSEN holds a BS in industrial education and a master' s degree in computer-aided manufacturing from Bringham Young University. He has worked in the IT industry for more than 20 years, and has served on Microsoft' s Beta Technical Support Teams for both Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server; as an HP/Compaq consultant on Active Directory design; and as a provider of advanced technical support through HP' s Customer Support Center. A frequent speaker at Windows and HP technical conferences, he is author of Windows 2000: Active Directory Design and Deployment (New Riders).

BRUCE HOWARD has spent the past 10 years servicing and supporting ProLiant Servers and Windows in the enterprise environment. Currently a ProLiant Systems and Software Specialist in HP' s Engineering Problem Management and Analysis group, he has authored and contributed to numerous ProLiant and Windows technical articles, support documents, and advisories.
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Bruce Howard was born in 1952.

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A must for any trader who wants to stay true to themselves  Jan 8, 2009
It's incredibly easy to lose touch with one's soul when dealing with the cutthroat world of the stock market. "Charting the Course: Values for Navigating Life in the Marketplace" is a guide to staying in touch with one's soul in the vicious marketplace. Ethics is the focus, and just because one is ethical and everyone else is not, does not mean success is impossible. With much advice and methods on plotting an effective, ethical strategy for trading, "Charting the Course" is a must for any trader who wants to stay true to themselves.
 
Charting the Course Values for Navigating Life in the Marketplace  Dec 12, 2008
People are more important than things. Treat other people like you want to treated. Truth matters at all levels. Leave things better than you found them. Value vocation. Choices have consequences.

This is must read material for any business owner, manager, executive, or human resources department. Anyone wishing to leave a legacy that matters, to be a difference maker in life, occupation, community or home, owes it to themselves to read this book.

Dr. Howard is a story teller of truth, clarity, direction, and humor. He is a man community, family, humility and integrity. There are few men or families that I have met that have left a more profound impact on me as a person. I presume many former students of his at Wheaton would say something similar. I very highly recommend Dr. Howard's latest book, CHARTING THE COURSE values for navigating life in the marketplace. This is about simple, perspective changing truth written by a brilliant man. Well Done!
 
Ethical earnestness  Nov 20, 2008
Reviewed by Dr. Michael Philliber for Reader Views (11/08)

Before the 2008 bailout and the Wall Street woes, there was Dr. Bruce Howard and his timely book, "Charting the Course: Values for Navigating Life in the Marketplace." Dr. Howard is a professor of business and economics at Wheaton College, and has spent years pondering the marketplace, fiscal forces and how they work. In this short, 177-page, paperback the author expounds his analysis of markets, why they work the way they work, and the place of individual values in the processes.

The largest portion of "Charting the Course" is dedicated to explaining the development of market economics for the unenlightened. Dr. Howard uses his 27 years of teaching skills to take the reader from the known to the unknown with very simple explanations and illustrations from his own life, to help the reader grasp the basics of the marketplace. In this series of chapters the author shows how the marketplace is amoral, and runs just as effectively in producing penicillin as well as pornography, peanuts as well as prostitution. He shows how the main allocation mechanism is built exclusively on imputed value, the value the consumer puts on a product. Dr. Howard then works out the way forward to producing a more ethical marketplace, laying out a very moral, though not moralistic, road map.

Beyond the helpful lessons on how markets work, is the middle section of the book, where Dr. Howard charts the trail from economic liberty to slavery. In this segment of "Charting the Course" the author interacts with the free market economists Friedrich Hayek and Adam Smith, and shows what the various components are in economic slavery. The most poignant aspect of this discussion is the warning alarm he sounds that speaks to the danger of our present economic crisis. And to think, Dr. Howard wrote this material long before the summer and fall of 2008!

The final piece of "Charting the Course" took a surprisingly helpful turn toward vocational assessments, and personal career principles. Here Dr. Howard gives very practical advice on knowing when to take a job, when to move, and how to make good decisions. He also covers the place of duty, choices, and leadership. The wisdom of these chapters will be found beneficial by many.

Though it becomes quickly obvious that the author is working from Christian presuppositions, "Charting the Course" does not come across preachy or sanctimonious. The wise down-to-earth approach of Dr. Howard will make this a worthwhile addition to anyone's library, and the thoughtful insights will be a great discussion piece in any leadership training. I highly recommend "Charting the Course."
 
Good Resource For Ethical Behavior In The Workplace  Oct 27, 2008
"Charting the Course: Values for Navigating Life in the Marketplace" by Dr. Bruce Howard is filled with timeless, sage advice. I was captivated from page one (okay, make that page three) by the wonderful writing. This book will guide you through thoughtful consideration of how to do what's morally right in the workplace. This could easily become the next "hot" book given to new employees at orientation!
 

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