I have been fortunate through my career to work with, learn from and mentor some incredible people. I often get asked in these difficult economic times and in this frustrating job market for advice, encouragement and suggestions. Although I do not profess to be an expert, I am a life-long learner who has been shaped and influenced by some outstanding people at all levels, with traits, skills and beliefs that often emerge as common threads.
One commonality is values. Growing up, my father would emphasize, “It is what you do when no one is watching that counts.” He was alluding to integrity, which is a deeply personal value. I believe both integrity of your word as well as your actions are equally significant. Most can relate to the integrity of one’s actions. You act professionally. You refrain from taking what’s not yours. In today’s busy world, I think integrity of one’s word is often overshadowed. To me, integrity of one’s word simply means to make a commitment and keep it. Do what you say. Be accountable to yourselves and others. Follow up when you say you will. Promptly return phone calls and reply to emails. Please share your thoughts about values and integrity.