Integrity 101

In Uncategorized on July 8, 2009 at 3:03 am

Hello blogees.

i wanted to talk about integrity today leaving aside any philosophical definition. When we usually speak or write about integrity, the example that comes to mind is that of a young George Washington chopping down the cherry tree and admitting that he did it. Of course this is largely accepted as fiction, yet this story provides a great moral platform and there is truth in fiction.

The origin of the word integrity is from the Latin word “integer”-there are two common definitions.

  • an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting; “the integrity of the nervous system is required for normal development …”
  • moral soundness; “he expects to find in us the common honesty and integrity of men of business”; “they admired his scrupulous professional integrity…”

Integrity is essential and we should all strive for this core value. Integrity is the essence of all sound judgment. It is the key value that differentiates one’s character and in many cases defines character. Every action we take has a consequence and often an impact on others.  Integrity is not necessarily just tied to honesty and it is  about consistency and constancy in purpose  in your thoughts,words and deeds.

It is about personal credibility and  regular reflection. Asking yourself questions: “did you return that email, phone call or reply to that urgent letter?” When we fail to act-we act to fail and our credibility suffers.

Reliability and uniformity of  results  are important in life.

We should align ourselves to our values and take actions-whether they are popular or not-sometimes we all have to be that lone voice in the wilderness.

Some nuggets……..

“Integrity is doing the right thing, especially when no one is watching.”

“Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.” – Don Galer

“Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, ‘Something is out of tune.” – Carl Jung


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