In life as in business, honesty and sincerity may exist, and it all starts with the person looking back at you in the mirror. There are many reasons that people decide to travel in different avenues that lack ethics, but there is no reason for this. Having a terrific company, making money and treating others well do not need to be mutually exclusive.
Life hardens us all.
Difficult circumstances can create doubt.
And, especially in business, we all need results. I get it because I’ve had doubts and I am somebody who anticipates accomplishments on the job and nothing less than the best in performance.
But, sometimes it feels like anything goes.
The question here is, how can you keep your integrity in life, and by extension, in business?
Want to know my fair response?
It’s not simple, but it is not impossible. I do it every day–regardless of what happens–and so can you.
I am one of those people who believes he has heard it all and if people have been “caught” not having a high level of ethics, I have heard the explanations.
I’ve listened to tales of “a tough life,” and I have had someone tell me once that integrity is not a value he’s because “every day is an excellent day to make money.”
In his thoughts, capitalism is a higher value, and capitalists can not have ethics in business. If you had to review your own life, where would you place yourself on the scale?
Period. Should you do business together or if you are a part of my team, then once I say I am going to do something, then it is possible to take it into the bank and take action.
It would be refreshing if everybody attempted to operate in a similar fashion, but I also understand that life is created from all kinds of people.
So, my question to you is, how can you need to live your life and operate in operation?
Presuming that you want to adhere to the path of ethics, what are the immediate actions you can take immediately to make certain that everyone who comes in contact with you knows that everything you say, you will do?
As you probably know, your reputation requires a lifetime to construct, and in the current world, only minutes to destroy.
Sincerity always has a place at the table: I’ve often heard, especially in business, and maybe you have too, that honesty places you on the wrong end of a discussion.
Many professionals believe that sincerity isn’t suggested. I disagree. The people you work with will appreciate knowing your authenticity and honesty.
I believe you have everything to gain if you’re sincere. I am not saying that in a challenging negotiation you need to put all of your cards on the table. That does not make any business sense, however you have to be honest in everything you do show.
Surround yourself with other people who have integrity: Perhaps you have recommended someone for work or professional opportunity only to learn that they have blown the opportunity and left you look bad with your buddy or friend in the process?
As a business leader, I hold myself to a high level of integrity, and as I have said, when I say anything, my word is golden. But, I also expect the same from those who work with me or with whom we partner.
Make it a point to maintain high-quality people around those who also believe that integrity is a prominent price. And, the next time you need to give a recommendation, then you do not ever have to worry about getting an email or telephone call that reflects on your own judgment.
Learn the art of saying “no more”: One of the reasons that lots of people often get themselves into all kinds of trouble is because they don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings or give someone “bad news.”
They also feel that they could jeopardize a relationship if they say no. This is a mistake. If an idea, venture or opportunity doesn’t match your schedule, then you don’t have any choice but to decline.
By accepting the band-aid off early and saying no, you may prevent something which is only going to grow bigger and result in awkwardness, disappointment or even anger later on because you didn’t deliver on what you said you would. Know when to walk away from something and always make it as early as you can.
Regardless of your position in a company as a member of the team or a pioneer, realize that you always wish to be as transparent as possible, especially in the world today where it is demanded by clients, the public, and employees.
Sincerity is a terrific competitive edge because when someone knows you’re true to your word, guess who they’ll want to do business with now and in the future. Yes, you.