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Ethical Edge Letters on Integrity  

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Pursue goals with conviction
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Are there two ethical worlds?
Planning helps achieve outcomes


 “Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreamings meet.” – Victor Hugo

Are there two different realities for individuals? Hugo’s words suggest yes, one reality for those who plan and another for those who don’t! Planning is the driver that achieves an intended outcome. Lack of planning produces a wasteland of mediocrity.

Managing clarity is the competitive ethical self-governance asset that recognizes well-executed plans lead to endless accomplishments.

How does a leadership mind think when rooted in a meaningful plan of action? The Jefferson Center’s work on human achievement has identified five elements of managing clarity with a plan that asks these questions:

Is my goal, mission, idea, hunch ...

Desirable: Do I want it?
Challenging: Do I have to work to achieve it?
Controllable
: Do I have the ability, skill and support to pursue it?
Measurable: Can I see the tangible, sequential actions to attain it?
Achievable
: Will I know when I have accomplished it?

Apply these managing clarity principles to Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ Sixth Rule of Success: “Start small, think big. Don’t worry about too many things at once. Take a handful of simple things to begin with and then progress to more complicated ones. Think about not just tomorrow, but the future. Put a ding in the universe.”

Performance-character research explores a fundamental managing-clarity question: What are the underlying attributes that guide an individual to pursue mastery? The answer: Mastery is shaped by diligence, best effort, determination, a strong work ethic – the stuff of executing a plan.

Mission Integrity Action

Pursue a short-term project at work focusing on the managing clarity five facets. What is a timely goal this week that is desirable, challenging, controllable, measurable and achievable? Seize your small professional prize of self-governance while managing for clarity.

Goal achievement constantly demands that we walk in the direction of our dreams and desires.

Appreciating you on the ethical edge!

Russell Williams,
founder/president   
Passkeys Foundation/Ethical Edge  
ethicaledge.org