Three Ways to Cultivate a Culture of Integrity
Most companies have integrity as one of their core values. Enron did. The question is how exactly do you define it as a company and even more important how do individual employees define it?
The first definition I saw at Dictionary.com take the path of moral and ethical principles. That's perhaps about being honest, but then say honest. The second definition is more generative for a co-creative culture:
"The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished."
Here's how I interpret this definition of integrity:
- It's an inner job: Each individual has their own inner compass of what's right or wrong for them and for the world they live in. We know when we feel "less than" which = not being whole.
- It's about self-responsibility: All HR guidelines, policies and legal statements are breakable. When people approach life from a mature adult place, they take responsibility for their part.
- It's about consciousness: What's that higher purpose and meaning that drives what you do at work and in life? Most of us operate at a higher level when we can evoke our higher self.
YOUR ASSIGNMENT, if you choose to accept: think about the most recent event when you faced a breach of integrity in the workplace. How did you approach it? How can you apply these three ways of living integrity? Share your answer here. Sign-up to receive my infrequent newsletter.