Integrity 101

by Andrea Goeglein

Do you conduct your business life with integrity?  Integrity is actually one of the values that the research behind the VIA (Values in Action) showed to be present when a society flourished.

Dr. Success Challenge:  Make a few quick lists 1) List a time someone in business did not engage in your business dealing with integrity; 2) List a  time you did not engage in a business dealing with integrity; 3) List a time someone surprised you when behaving in a business dealing with integrity.

I will make a suggestion as to what to do with the lists at the end of this blog.

Here is what has inspired this post.  In mid-December I received an email from a business associate I had been working with in 2012.  He was reaching out to say that the work we had begun together was about to take off.  He invited me back into the negotiations.  Now you may think that is what he was legally supposed to do.  But here is the rest of the story.

The business had changed form, platform, name and ownership.  On any technical basis, he was in the same business but it is a new business.  Technically, he did not have to reach back and include me in the new negotiations.

But he did.

I have no idea if our work together this time will culminate in a deal.  What I know is my associate’s integrity has caused me to work double time to make it happen.  Funny how that works!  Try it!

Now about those lists.  List 1: burn or rip up.  List 2:  write a letter of responsibility. Remember, the 3 N’s from Don’t Die Waiting to Be Brave: No Shame, No Blame, No Rationalization — just take responsibility.  List 3:  write a letter of gratitude.

If, after all that, you are still brave enough…be brutally honest with yourself a bit more and… and read Dr. Cortney Warren’s piece in Psychology Today.

There is no better time to clean, clean, clean moment-by-moment than the beginning of a New Year.

Be Brave – Clean!  Andrea


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About the author

Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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