Ethics, Values, and the Public Manager


Date Jul 28, 2021 08:30 AM – 03:15 PM
Location Zoom
Deadline 07/28/2021
Price $225.00
Ethics, Values, and the Public Manager flyer

Don’t get your name in the headlines!

Re-discover and apply the underlying values that vary among people but nevertheless drive our actions and conclusions about ethical behavior in public service.  You will conduct practical exercises that will reveal traditions and conflicts in ethical and moral values that have been incorporated in the decision-making processes of modern state and local government managers.  You will become keenly aware of the body of laws and obligations – and the regulatory shortcomings — governing your actions on the job and how to avoid taking “unethical” actions.

By the end of this class you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the key ethical issues in public sector management.
  2. Articulate guidelines for ethical decision-making.
  3. Apply an ethical decision-making model to public sector dilemmas and scenarios.

Subordinate Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the difference between ethics and morals
  2. Understand the value of ethics
  3. Identify your values and moral principles
  4. Be familiar with philosophical approaches to ethical decisions
  5. Identify ways to improve ethics in your office or workplace context
  6. Know what is required to start developing an office code of ethics
  7. Know ways to avoid ethical dilemmas
  8. Have tools to help you make better decisions
  9. Be familiar with common ethical dilemmas

Instructor: Mark Mueller (MS, Cardinal Stritch University) is a lifelong educator, with 26 years of experience serving public education as a teacher, administrator, and education consultant. He currently serves as the Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Coordinator for the Department of Public Instruction, and is a Wisconsin Certified Public Manager.


“We talk about ethics and values a lot, however it seems to be an ambiguous word that is used a lot. I appreciated digging in to what ethics really means and why it is important as a professional, individual and as an office.”

“I like the writing our own ethical code exercise. I have never put pen to paper and really thought about how I live my life ethically. I’m planning to keep my statement handy and refer back to it often.”