Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Integrity Should Be a Constant in Our Lives

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Integrity Should Be a Constant in Our Lives

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When Janet looked at her pay stub, she was pleasantly surprised to learn her company had deposited more than her normal wages into her bank account. However, on the next payday, her paycheck was significantly less than what it should have been, and she went to her boss to complain. "I'm curious," her boss said, "Why didn't you say anything when we overpaid you the other week?"

Janet responded: "I was willing to overlook one mistake, but two is pushing it."

Integrity: Either you have it or you don't. It's not something you can have one day and not the next. It should be a constant in your life, like brushing your teeth.

I was invited to speak at the third annual Integrity Summit in Phoenix. Its mission is to significantly increase the integrity quotient in organizations and across the marketplace. The annual event was co-founded by Jerry Colangelo and Gregg Ostro, who also created the Integrity Business Institute for whom I'm a special adviser.

Integrity Summit 2013's theme of Inspiring Individual Integrity to Win could not have come at a more critical time.

It seems the anti-heroes - those doing wrong - versus the heroes, who do right, are being promoted and celebrated in America all too often. Too many messages in the media and across society seem to say getting what you want - regardless of the means - is just fine. Well, it isn't. You know that and I know that, and so must our employees and job applicants.

Cheree McAlpine, chief compliance officer for Avnet, the world's largest computer parts supplier and a founding sponsor of the Integrity Summit, said: "Our ability to impact change, drive strategy and our ability to lead are all based on integrity. Integrity is not that complicated. It's not academic. It's actually quite simple. It's the lessons we have learned to do the right thing; to stand for what we believe in."

Integrity begins at the top. As leaders, we must set the example - that alone inspires our employees to do right. We must live by it in all we do, starting in the corner offices and promoted and expected throughout the organization, ensuring integrity is first and foremost in our decision-making. …

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