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Gratitude: Integrity

Gratitude: Integrity


What I’m Grateful For: Integrity (part 1 of 2)

A recent set of events has made me ponder the importance of integrity.

There are two definitions of integrity. The first is the moral kind, where you talk about a person’s integrity in light of how closely they adhere to the “rules” or values that we consider to be correct: fidelity, honesty, someone you can trust not to try to seduce your partner or embezzle money from you.

The other definition of integrity is wholeness – not missing any of its parts. For example, a glass screen with a small crack has a loss of integrity – and that little crack is almost certainly going to expand and head for the far edge of the glass. Even the smallest loss of integrity, by this definition, must be swiftly repaired, because it will cascade into greater and greater disarray over time.

Some days, it’s hard for me to discern what is a particular quirk of someone, and what is a breach of integrity that is an imminent crack in the windshield of life. I have seen many annoying, even mildly self-destructive traits in my team – such as missing the alarm clock several times in a month, or getting lost in small, urgent issues and missing deadlines on the big, important things.

Then there are obvious integrity breakdowns – calling in sick when you just want the day off. Clocking in if you are working remotely and going to run errands. Places where your real actions are clearly out of alignment with your word.

What I’m Reading: If you haven’t noticed, I’m a bit of a sucker for the Farnam Street folks. Here’s the Big Five Principles, according to their blog: https://fs.blog/principles/.

#1: Direction over Speed

#2: Live Deliberately

#3: Thoughtful Opinions Held Loosely

#4: Principles Outlive Tactics

#5: Own Your Actions

I would love to hear your thoughts on this short but very thought-provoking article.

What I’m Pondering: Proactive people do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. – Steven Covey

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