In our Vision statement it states: Honesty and integrity are core principles on which we will not compromise.” What an outstanding principle to not only base our business, but also our lives.
This week I asked my team to tell me what integrity means to them. Listed below are the comments from team members in my district.
Integrity to me is Godliness, having respect and love for others. Loyalty and Dedication. – Brenda, Aliceville
To me integrity means doing what you know in your heart is right, and staying true to your personal morals. – Lacie, Hamilton
Respect falls into the category with integrity. Respecting the people you work with shows the desire you have for a healthy work environment. Polite communication and respecting your co-workers ideas and feelings show your willingness to work together as a team towards the same goal. – Stephanie, Demopolis
Staying in the context of our work environment, executing the traits of integrity is very important. Honesty, decency, responsible behaviors are key. Without these behaviors the workplace can become tense & uncomfortable. Follow thru with your word and be honorable with your actions. – Kelly, Demopolis
Integrity to me is honesty your morality. If you have strong morals and are honest you just can’t go wrong. Plan and simple. Dawn, Greensboro
REAL INTERGRITY is doing what’s right knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. SIMPLE!!! – Jequila, Greensboro
Mine is-When asked to do something that is against your beliefs and you refuse to. Always stand up for what you believe in. – Susan, Fayette
Integrity is a display of our actions and foundation. It involves conducting yourself in good faith. Even if it is not the best of decisions, if done with the best intentions, it still counts and shows integrity. Honesty is always the best policy, even if the most favorable outcome is not in sight. Integrity measures our accountability for honesty. -Lindsey, Camden
What outstanding comments from all of these team members.
So what does integrity mean to me?
During our management camp we watched a clip from Joel Osteen. He told a story about him driving into a parking lot and as he got out of his car some papers blew by him into the parking lot. He paused for a second, thinking I really don’t have time to chase the paper across the parking lot, someone will pick it up. He thought to himself, is that the right thing to do? So he began chasing the paper all over the parking lot and finally corralling the paper. As he did an older couple got out of their car and stated to him, we were watching to see what you would do. They were watching him as he chased the paper, and saw him doing the right thing. My takeaway is doing the right thing when nobody is watching is a true sign of Integrity. In this case and in many of ours, people are watching to see if we do the right thing.
I would love to hear from the rest of you on what Integrity mean to you.
I” stands for initiative. Take the initiative to do the right thing even when no one else will know.
“N” stands for nurturing. Nurture others through the quality of your actions even when no one else will know.
“T” stands for teamwork. Teamwork is service before self even when no one else will know.
“E” stands for excellence. Excellence in all we do even when no one else will know.
“G” stands for giving. Giving 110 percent even when no one else will know.
“R” stands for respect. Respect each other even when no one else will know.
“I” stands for intelligence. Be intelligent by knowing your job better than anyone, even when no one else will know.
“T” stands for true. Be true to the best that’s in you even when no one else will know.
And “Y” stands for you. You and I can make a difference even when no one else will know
“In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”
CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
“I am different from [George] Washington; I have a higher, grander standard of principle. Washington could not lie. I can lie, but I won’t.”
— Mark Twain