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Defining Integrity

by Rick Baker
On Nov 18, 2010
On many fronts, Integrity is important to me.
Many who know me have heard about the Integrity Experiment we conducted in 2005.
Prior to 2005, I had this concern about business people and businesses using the word ‘integrity’.  My concern focused on the fact many people could not provide a definition of the word and even when others could define it the definitions were weak and different.
So, it seemed to me business people were confused about the meaning of Integrity.
So, the next time the topic of Integrity came up…I created a real-business-life Integrity experiment.
Five years later, this year, I wrote the Thought Post titled ‘A Definition of Integrity’, where I provided just that.
My definition was and still is…
Definition of Integrity
  1. When you know your Personal Values and
  2. When you can express your Personal Values in writing [showing how you think the think] and
  3. When you can talk with others about your Personal Values [talk the talk] and
  4. When your actions are consistent with your Personal Values [walk the walk] and
  5. When you acknowledge your think-talk-walk errors and strive to not repeat them
…then you have Integrity.
Still very interested in Integrity and what it means to other people…recently I found a CD.
Here’s an introduction to that CD on Integrity…
In 1983, at the age of 87, R. Buckminster Fuller began to share the details of his thoughts about the need for Integrity at “Integrity Days” sessions. His first session was held in Los Angeles, February 26th, 1983. I listened to a recording of that ‘classic’ session. Buckminster Fuller died 4 months after that first session.
At the February 26th, 1983 session, when asked to define Integrity “Bucky” paused for about 15 seconds then said:
“I find I have to use the word courage due to the circumstances of humanity …the courage to cooperate or initiate based entirely on the truth, all the truth, and nothing but the truth as the divine mind within you tells you the truth is…it does require a courage and a self-disciplining.”
Now, isn’t that quite a definition!


Definitions - Spirited Words Defined | Values: Personal Values

Comments (10) -

Rick Baker Canada
1/8/2011 9:20:45 PM #

"With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity."

Mark Twain

Rick Baker Canada
1/9/2011 4:11:29 PM #

"Integrity is the essence of everything successful."

R. Buckminster Fuller

Rick Baker Canada
7/13/2011 1:16:58 PM #

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mohandas Gandhi

rick baker
6/7/2012 11:40:42 PM #

"Who a person is will ultimately determine if their brains, talents, competencies, energy, effort, deal-making abilities and opportunities will succeed."

Dr Henry Cloud
'Integrity', (2006)

rick baker
2/3/2013 11:41:09 AM #

"Never compromise your integrity. I've always believed that telling the truth is the best policy. In business, especially today, it's a must. A few years back, the Forum Corporation in Boston studied 341 salespeople from 11 different companies in five different industries. Their purpose was to determine what separated the top producers from the average producers. When the study was finished, the results were startling. It was not skill, knowledge or charisma that divided the pack. The difference came down to one trait: honesty. When customers trust salespeople, they buy from them."

Harvey Mackay
'The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World', (2011).

rick baker
8/13/2013 9:43:28 PM #

"We seldom err when we make explicit our core convictions and endeavor to align our behaviour with them."

Laurence G. Boldt
'ZEN and the art of making a living', (2009)

rick baker
10/29/2013 8:34:56 PM #

An Integrity Gap may exist…

Between your values & claimed priorities and what you do

Between what you do and who you are

Robin Sharma
‘The Greatness Guide’, (2007)

rick baker
4/16/2016 3:56:50 PM #

"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office."

Dwight D. Eisenhower

rick baker
4/16/2016 4:12:37 PM #

"If they don't stand for something, they will fall for anything."

Gordon A. Eadie

rick baker
4/16/2016 4:29:03 PM #

"When you have humility and courage you naturally develop integrity."

Stephen R. Covey
'Primary Greatness', (2015)

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