This past week in one of our advisory boards, we were discussing the topic of “integrity”. The question was posed, “Are you and your business operating with integrity?” Now, I don’t know about you, however, I am guessing a high percentage of the folks reading today’s newsletter would answer this question as “yes”. However, before we answer this too quickly, let’s think about it a bit further.
First, we must define what “integrity” means. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines “integrity” as:
- an adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : INCORRUPTIBILITY
- an unimpaired condition: SOUNDNESS
- the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS
Now, let’s break that down a bit further:
- Incorruptibility – defined as being incapable of corruption: not subject to decay or dissolution: incapable of being bribed or morally corrupted.
- Soundness – free from injury or disease: free from flaw, defect, or decay, free from error, fallacy, or misapprehension.
- Completeness – having all necessary parts, elements, or steps: brought to an end.
Well, I don’t know about you; however, when we start to look at “integrity” through this lens, these are some pretty high standards to uphold. As a matter of fact, could anyone of us truly operate in integrity 100% of the time looking at these definitions? (more…)