Being a person of integrity

August 21, 2010

What factors contribute to employees’ plans to seek new jobs as the economy improves?

48% of employees say “loss of trust”

46% say “lack of transparency in communications”

40% say “being treated unfairly or unethically by employers

Wow, if this research is even close to being comprehensive, then being a person of integrity is huge. If you are a person that regularly uses duplicity to gain advantage what I am about to write will not be any help. This note will help the person who intends to do the right thing but due to poor self management, “right” is way over conquered by “tyranny of the urgent.”

There are two activities a person can develop to improve their integrity:

1. Better self management of time and

2. Speaking straight: i.e. let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no.

  self management of time. Click the “categories” = “time management” on the right hand side of this site and you can read a year’s worth of detail. In summary though, to be a person of integrity with regard to time I MUST be monitoring my promises and keeping them reliably in existence. If you keep them in memory or on a random listing you are “cruising for a bruising”. Just a matter of time, before you crash and burn. If you use your calendar effectively then

    1. Every promise for action is recorded.
    2. Buffers are left to prepare and transit the next item
    3. White space is used for additional promises
    4. I have access to my calendar always
    5. I use my calendar to run my day

David, you must be kidding. My day is total react. Well there is a way of using your calendar when that is your life situation also: do not schedule anything under “busy”, everything for you is “tentative” and the people who connect with you must know this.

  1. Speaking straight. Click the “categories” = Toastmasters. We have learned how to be deceptive and to speak without really saying anything. We have learned how to speak equivocally with great eloquence. You appear to have said something but you said nothing. President Obama found himself role modeling this reality over the last two days with regard to his thoughts on building a mosque near ground zero. “Oh, I did not say what I clearly said.” You and I will reap a commensurate reward if we do not speak straight. How to get better at speaking straight?
    1. Be clear in your mind and heart on what you believe about a situation
    2. Speak from the heart
    3. Work on self development of your communications skills to insure you speak accurately the thoughts of your heart. Anytime I find that I want to avoid the truth totally or just “spin” the truth I do a “heart” check on what is going on inside of me. Most of the times that clears my thoughts and leads me to correct words. Enjoy the blessing of personal integrity.

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