Sustaining Integrity

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I was up late last night watching Denver play the Lakers. Kobe Bryant had 40
points out of 108 (1 assist) in another loss for the Lakers.

What struck me was when one of the commentators said, "When
Kobe distributes the ball he expects the teammate to convert. He doesn’t do
that much because he doesn’t trust his teammates." (paraphrasing). How
much trust is on that team? Contrast the culture of the Lakers to that of
Chicago and Jordan — didn’t Pippen, Kerr, Horace and others play a more
critical role than it seems others on the Lakers are playing. In the end, is it any wonder why the Lakers TEAM is losing?

I played pick up basketball the other night at the gym. We
had a team with two Kobe Bryants. Soon, my other two teammates realized how
this game was going, and soon we had four Kobe Bryants. Then I came to the
realization that if I wanted any satisfaction from this game, I will not pass
either. So I launched a few up without one pass. Of course I made them, but
that’s beside the point!

The points of these stories are this: One person’s action of
selfishness or lack of integrity effects others. Effects the system.

In a company, for example, hiring one low integrity person
in a culture of high integrity individuals can effect the rest (depending on
the ‘presence’ or position of that person). Watch the movie "Enron: The
Smartest People In the Room". They talk about the declining integrity
inside the company — where it evolved to a point that decent people followed
the declining integrity of others.

Keep a close eye on your corporate actions (which are made
by individuals!). One unethical or slimy marketing or finance decision can lead to
another, which can lead to another from another, and so on
. Soon, your
company’s reputation is as low as its integrity.

2 Responses

  1. Steve Harper says:

    Fantastic reminder!
    More corporations should remember that integrity and reputation are the two biggest assets they own.
    It is truly sad how many companies take the easy way out though and fail to put the proper focus on these two critical areas. When that happens with more and more frequency, can more Enron-like implosions be far behind?

  2. Yeah, it really is a fantastic reminder! But what exactly do you mean with “One unethical or slimy marketing or finance decision can lead to another, which can lead to another from another, and so on. Soon, your company’s reputation is as low as its integrity.” ?
    Thanks in advance

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