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securing INTEGRITY

A blog exploration on how to have integrity in the 21st century.

Publishing Details, Monday, July 26, 2004

Title, Integrity Incorporated
Author, Carolyn L Burke, MA, CISSP, CISM and Peter Fruchter, MA, LL.B.
Date, 2005
Type, Book crossing self-help and business categories


posted by Carolyn L Burke @ 10:14 AM

What is Integrity?,

0.1 What is Integrity?

In the individual, integrity is the balance found in following long term guidelines that make rational sense, while being fully aware and responsive to the situations that arise in living life -- a balance in action and reaction between principles and situation. Both principles and situation can direct our actions. Our excitment in life is to find the path that maximizes the best for ourselves and all other living and systemic things.

More poignantly, to be fully involved in life means that you encounter "ethical dilemmas" -- two incompatible actions or decisions competing for your advocacy. How do you decide? Most importantly, how do you retain your position of integrity?

On one hand, the balance between principles and life situation seems pretty simple to have. We do it all the time, making decisions, adopting positions, taking action. We buy our favourite toothpaste brand without much thought. We rent an apartment based on budget, location, aesthetic considerations, et cetera. We create paintings, musical scores, and sculptural exhibitions with skill and intuition. We know how to do these common actions without requiring greater reflection, without debate as to ethical merits or big picture ramifications.

On the other hand, many times there are 'bigger picture' issues that influence day to day decisions. Let's say that you also hold a principle guiding you to live as 'green' as possible. Could you live as effectively if you purchased environmentally friendly toothpaste? Would a solar-heated apartment be as cost-effective? Does your art have a message? Also holding a big picture 'green' principle could lead to incompatibilities in smaller decisions, guide your life in more environmentally impactful ways.

A 'green' principle is just one example of these big picture ideals that many of us pursue individually. In business, these also play a role, and often that role is partially legislated.

Many organizations are impacted by legistlated big picture requirements that sometimes come into conflict with the business bottom-line: shareholder value and profitability. More and more often businesses consider having a 'sustainability' approach, a balance between the normal corporate values and those legislated for the good of all.

Integrity is much like sustainability, a broader, more encompassing balancing of traditional values and goals with big picture thinking or principles.

This book helps the reader, both the individual and the corporate leader, to recognize and act on having integrity in life and in business, in decision making and in action. The goals set out here include striving to lead a balanced life while acting on and achieving personal and professional goals. In other words, you can have your cake and eat it too.

Here's how.



0.2 Terminology and concepts

0.21 Principles and rules and exceptions

0.22 Situations

0.23 Always looking for the sweet spot

0.24 Classic uses of the term "integrity"

0.3 How to use this book



posted by Carolyn L Burke @ 9:39 AM

Integrity Incorporated, Thursday, July 10, 2003

ToC


  1. Preface -- Why are we writing this book on integrity?
  2. Table of Contents -- Integrity incorporated into all things
  3. What is Integrity? -- Sailboat metaphor
    • Principles and rules and exceptions
    • Situations
    • Always looking for the sweet spot
    • Classic uses of the term "integrity"

  4. Why some people don't have integrity -- Rudderless or windless VS. purposely nasty
    • Living with good intentions but...
      • Living the overly principled life -- too much rudder
      • Living without living -- not enough wind in your sails
      • Living the overly distracted life, living in the situation -- not enough rudder and too much wind

    • Living with bad intentions

  5. Why is it difficult to have integrity?
    • Living the principled life -- Too much rudder
    • Living in the situation -- Sailing in circles quickly

  6. Modern day confusions aren't so modern -- Plato, Marx, Enron (what is a confusion)
  7. Sowing confusion -- the bad guys -- hiding the lighthouse
  8. Living with integrity Sailing effectively -- Principled and active living
    • Lifelong benefits of having integrity -- Visiting many harbours
    • Short term effects of lacking integrity -- Navigating the shoals
    • Long term effects of lacking integrity -- Missing the ports; staying in the harbour

  9. How do others rate? Survey results
    • Persons of integrity
    • Corporations and integrity
    • Politics and integrity
    • ...

  10. Rating yourself -- Chart // quiz
  11. Keys to living fully with integrity -- It's not just a marketing image
  12. Glossary, index, references, ...

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posted by Carolyn L Burke @ 10:55 PM

linking INTEGRITY, Thursday, July 03, 2003

linking INTEGRITY: Links related to the values integrity, freedom, hope, and peace of mind, and to the subject areas security, privacy, technology, and business.

posted by Carolyn L Burke @ 7:42 AM

What is integrity?,

In the individual, integrity is the balance found in following long term guidelines, call them principles, that make sense, while being fully aware and responsive to the situations that arise in living life -- a balance in action and reaction between principles and situation. Both principles and situation can direct our actions. Our excitment in life is to find the path that maximizes the best for ourselves and all other living and systemic things.

More poignantly, to be fully involved in life means that you encounter "ethical dilemmas" -- two actions competing for your advocacy. How do you decide? Most importantly, with integrity.

More later.

posted by Carolyn L Burke @ 7:41 AM

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posted by Carolyn L Burke @ 10:45 AM

Thought,

There are places we can go in our minds that lend to the exploration of values. Being honest in these places -- clearly to oneself -- requires clarity and self-respect. Our thoughts in the end govern our choices, and it is these very choices which create our future.

posted by Carolyn L Burke @ 10:24 AM

Commitment,

Today, as always, having integrity means following through on my commitments.

Stay tuned...

posted by Carolyn L Burke @ 9:47 AM



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