Challenge Them with Ethics
Begin your group decision making exercises by offering the group a scenario that they need to solve as a team. Using a situation that has ethical implications is a great way to get the ball rolling. Pose a question, give them one minute to read the problem, then set a time limit to when they need to resolve the problem to everyone’s satisfaction. Here is a typical managerial situation to put forward:
"A former worker that you supervised was fired for incompetence and numerous violations of confidential information. After many weeks, the former employee comes in asking for a letter of recommendation. He states that he has not been able to find a job and since you fired him, you owe him and he has a family to support. What should you do?"
a. Write a letter praising him in the highest terms. You don’t want to be responsible for any harm that comes to his family.
b. Make it clear that you will write the letter but only if you can discuss in frank terms the reason for his removal.
c. Decline to write the letter. Tell him that your legal duty is to present the truth and any omission or deception puts you in a compromising situation and you would be unable to endorse or recommend him in a favorable way.
d. Delegate the problem to someone else.
e. Your solution.
Write up other problems along these lines to challenge your group.