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The Ethical Sellout

Maintaining Your Integrity in the Age of Compromise

Lily Zheng, Inge Hansen


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We all fear selling out. Yet we all face situations that test our ideals and values with no clear right answer. In a world where compromise is an essential aspect of life, authors Lily Zheng and Inge Hansen make the bold claim that everyone sells out--and that the real challenge lies in doing so ethically.

Zheng and Hansen share stories from a diversity of people who have found their own answers to this dilemma and offer new ways to think about marginalization, privilege, and self-interest. From these stories, they pull out teachable skills for taking the step from selling out to selling out ethically. The Ethical Sellout is for all those committed to maintaining their integrity in a messy world.

Praise For The Ethical Sellout: Maintaining Your Integrity in the Age of Compromise

“This book is packed with wisdom that you can incorporate into your daily lives and stories that you get lost in. If you are doubting your decisions or feeling guilty for not living your truth, this book is for you. I have no doubt that everyone out there will find a story or two that resonates.”
—Sara Nasserzadeh, Senior Cultural Advisor to the United Nations
The Ethical Sellout blows wide open the conventional understanding of what it means to ‘sell out.’ Zheng and Hansen with their witty commentary, vivid storytelling, and timely suggestions for selling out ethically have written a primer for all of us looking to find our way.” 
—Dereca Blackmon, Assistant Vice Provost, Diversity and Inclusion Office, Stanford University
“It is refreshing to consider the concept of selling out through a new lens and striking the balance between meeting our needs and staying true to our higher purpose. Zheng and Hansen courageously consider a question so many of us wrestle with and draw groundbreaking conclusions.”  
—Jennifer Brown, CEO, Jennifer Brown Consulting; author of Inclusion and How to be an Inclusive Leader; and podcast host of The Will to Change

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 9781523085842, 192pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

About the Author

Lily Zheng is a sought-after speaker, executive coach, author, and organizational consultant who specializes in creating healthy, inclusive, and innovative workplaces.

Inge Hansen, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist who directs student well-being services at Stanford University, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is the cofounder and director of the Weiland Health Initiative and cofounder of Gender Inclusive Stanford, in addition to developing several courses in gender and sexuality and organizing World Sexual Health Day on behalf of North America.