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Ethical Edge Letters on Integrity  

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I stand in the center of influence
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Focus on relationship innovation
Walk with, not over others

“No kind action ever stops with itself. The kind action leads to another. Good examples follow. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.” —Amelia Earhart

Are you observing a more generous spirit emerging in your business and professional connections? Are you noticing conversations that are salt and peppered with the seasoning of thoughtful regard for colleagues and friends, and the challenges they face? Is there a growing understanding in the ever-present silent monologue you have daily with yourself that recognizes a deepening conviction you desire to pay closer attention to the issues, needs, concerns ... the lives of clients, partners, co-workers and business associates?

The Values Institute at DGWB provides clarifying research data showing concern as the No. 1 correlation shaping relationships and brand trust.

My friend, Dave Elliott, is a relationship specialist serving many professionals throughout Southern California. His business card reads, "Relationship Builder and Connector of People." Elliott presents insights into the art of business relationships in his two-part workshop, Building a Meaningful Relationship Network. He describes the intentionality of relationship networking that is focused on four pillars: common values, high trust, sustained caring and advocacy for another.

Dave lives and breathes cause and effect clarity as he models taking the time to build relationships moved by actions of kindness and regard for others that produce the foundation for trustful business collaboration.

India’s 20th century emancipating leader, Mohandas Gandhi, wrote, “Leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

Interpreting his words in a 2010 global community, they show leadership to be strongest when pursued with relationship building that walks with others.

Leadership that produces best results is moving toward being framed in the consciousness of “We” rather than “I.”

Mission Integrity Action

In conversations this week I observe how connection moves to possible collaboration as I build deepening relationships. I take a genuine interest in the contributions and value of others as I move forward pursuing projects and deadlines. I remind myself that walking with, not over others is the better game plan for today’s fragile trust-seeking professional climate.

Appreciating you on the ethical edge!

Russell Williams,
Passkeys Foundation/Ethical Edge