I found the best information today from “A Great Place to Work.” The company states that “trust” is the essential ingredient for workplace relationships between employee and employer. Makes sense! According to their model, trust is composed of three dimensions: Credibility, Respect, and Fairness.
Posts Tagged ‘Integrity’
At first the headline might sound like some Zen focus on how to “escape from it all!” Not so! Purposeful Abandonment is about progress and innovation, not escapism.
“Planned, purposeful abandonment of the old and of the unrewarding is a prerequisite to successful pursuit of the new and highly promising.”
Drucker’s theory of Purposeful Abandonment says, “The first step in a growth policy is not to decide where and how to grow; it is to decide what to abandon. In order to grow, a business must have a systematic policy to get rid of the outgrown, the obsolete, and the unproductive.”
Lose your credibility and you might spend a lifetime trying to regain even a modest portion of what you lost. Can leaders who have a lapse in judgment learn how to be honorable in their actions again? Yes, of course they can. Will the public sector or private enterprise allow them this mistake? Probably not. With this in mind, it becomes even more important that we don’t lose credibility in the first place.
Here are the 5 basic qualities that will help ensure your leadership integrity:
Are you hiding behind the law or running from it? Ethical decision-making is much larger than the law. Laws are man-made. Being ethical is what you are doing when no one is looking. Before a law is signed into action, man is already looking for loopholes.
Ethics, Integrity, and Morality are much larger than the law. These virtues come into play when no one is looking and when there is no chance of being caught.
What are you doing when no one is looking?
People have brands. Companies have brands, both for products and as an employer. Even countries have brands. So what is a brand?
According to Wikipedia: Brand is the identity of a specific product, service, or business. The word brand has continued to evolve to encompass identity – it affects the personality of a product, company or service.
Stephen Covey lists 4 cores of credibility for organizations:
“ When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing — then we truly live life.” – Greg Anderson
The same philosophy is true for engagement with one’s work. The more meaning a person builds into their work life, the more engaged he becomes with his work. How does engagement build momentum? Engagement begins with engaging managers, leaders, and owners.
Employee Engagement means…
We have looked at the benefits of Corporate Social Responsibility. Going forward CSR will become even more important as consumers become more aware and more demanding of ethically focused corporations. There are already too many business providers to choose from, so an automatic culling factor will include tossing out any corporation, service provider, or retailer that is not socially responsible.
8 Easy to implement steps for implementing an effective CSR Culture:
There are two schools of reasoning around CSR. On one side of the spectrum is the moral reasoning of being a socially responsible corporation. The other school of reasoning is the economic upturn of CSR.
There are substantial economic benefits for businesses that adopt CSR policies and practices. In fact, self-preservation in a brand-driven marketplace makes CSR almost mandatory. Every company has a brand. The “brand” can be good, bad, indifferent, or unknown.
“Indifference” and “unknown” can be remedied. A good brand can be enhanced to be even better. But once a company’s brand turns bad…
Have you ever taken notice of fallen trees in the woods? There will be a lone tree across the path where others stand strong and tall. What happened to the lone tree, we wonder?
The lone tree was likely stricken by one of two things.
It has been said that when integrity is your referee, your actions and your words will be in agreement.
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” — Unknown
The above quotation should be very thought provoking. Integrity-many times- seems like something “other” people need to worry about. But lack of integrity has far-reaching consequences.