Ethical Edge Letters on Integrity inspiring ethical excellence
INTEGRITY’S COMPETITIVE ASSETS
"Integrity and firmness are all I can promise. These be the voyage, long and short, never shall forsake me.” George Washington
Washington’s words were compelling and relevant then. They remain so, today. It was early April 1789 when the 57-year-old president-elect wrote to his friend, John Knox, commenting about the task that was set before him as he assumed the presidency of a fragile republic. His mission? Integrity! Mission Integrity Action
Few American professionals are called to national leadership, but all professionals are called to their own Integrity Mission at home, at work and in the community.
Integrity’s mission in America is timeless and timely. It moves on personal initiative. It functions as the compass of our performance character to indicate whether we resonate with True North clarity in our relationships with family, friends and co-workers.
Integrity’s mission is never complete. Some days, we fail. Other days, we soar. In the last 18 months, our national collective psyche has taken a deep breath as we have watched, listened and talked about the seismic tremors in our economy and society that are seemingly endlessly propelled by integrity’s vanishing act on Wall Street, Main Street and in the corridors of Congress.
Integrity’s personal influence for Good is the daily vitamin for the societal angst we feel. Influence is about an individual’s personal choice to act as the daily decision-maker who aspires to standards of performance character, based on a rock-solid foundation that knows: Whether I meet my personal standards, I continuously re-commit myself to get back up on my horse of integrity and ride!
The 2010 Letters of Integrity column will explore the seven performance character integrity assets that provide the standards, the framework, the structure for saddling up daily. The Integrity Assets focus on seven personal and professional self-management skills. Together, they serve as the compass we carry to ride with integrity daily, oftentimes succeeding, other times failing, but always pointed in the direction of self-trust and trustworthiness at home, at work and in our communities.
As I pursue a productive week, I hold an Integrity Mission question in the background of my awareness. I carry the Integrity Mission question everywhere I go. The question: Are the actions I take today moving me forward on my Integrity Mission or causing me to stumble?
Appreciating you on the ethical edge!
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