When our 33rd president placed a sign on his Oval Office desk with these words, they became famous. For Truman, the words communicated to everyone that he knew one thing about his new job: He was America’s final and ultimate big decisions problem solver! He understood his fundamental professional responsibility.
"The buck stops here" offers strategic clarity that motivates and moves individuals to restore integrity in their personal and professional relationships. Integrity’s restoration outcome is always renewed trust.
Integrity’s renewal embraces positive action, not critique of the failings of others. When Bernard Madoff made off, we understandably judged and condemned, asking ourselves: Who can we trust? Competent, self-directed professionals do not simply stir the pot of cynicism. Rather, the bad behavior of others serves as the gateway for self-reflection. In turn, self-reflection always poses a question: What does this behavior, incident, problem that I am hearing, thinking, talking about have to do with me and my influence for good?
Self-reflection is a power point to mobilize integrity’s daily work. Self-reflection looks at what is concealed, hidden, below the surface. The Josephson Institute of Ethics, one of the nation's premier voices in ethics education, provides an annual opportunity for Americans to experience integrity’s restoration efforts with its Personal Integrity Assessment. The platform is an excellent self-reflection tool promoting personal and professional awareness on integrity action. The following are four questions from the 2009 survey. As you read each statement, observe how you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or disagree strongly:
1. One has to lie or cheat occasionally in order to succeed.
2. People who take ethical shortcuts are more likely to succeed than those who don’t.
3. I am satisfied with my own ethics and character.
4. I am more ethical that most people I know.
Mission Integrity Action
This week, use these four questions to stimulate integrity’s self-reflection power point. These questions are measurements of integrity’s restoration work you can use to shape self-trust and trustworthiness.
Appreciating you on the ethical edge!
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