It’s a “VUCA” world (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) and School of Business faculty learned this first hand Tuesday, August 19th during their faculty workshop in Farrell Hall. Among other sessions led by the School’s academic centers, Center for Leadership and Character team members lead the group through a fast-paced, surprise activity nearly the moment they walked in the door. Providing the table groups a challenging hypothetical case, the groups had to make and defend an ethical decision using the Ethical Decision Action Model (EDAM) developed by the Center.
A high point of the activity included the faculty using various “ethical lenses” to view the dilemma from various perspectives and then come to agreement around their table on a course of action. The resulting point-counterpoint discussion resulted in faculty gaining a greater understanding of how to use tools like the EDAM in their classes to give cases and current news discussions a meaningful ethical dimension.
The remainder of the workshop highlighted numerous tools for faculty to use in the classroom to help students to develop the characteristics of the concept “honorable” including how to lead ethically and exhibit personal strengths. Faculty were also provided an overview of the Center for Leadership and Character Resource Center where a dedicated “Faculty” page houses tools and resources in pdfs and downloadable Word documents.
To browse these tools including syllabus samples, instructor notes, and activities, please visit clc.business.wfu.edu and click on the “Resource Center” link.