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Success Recipe: 9 Proven Ways To Build Business Integrity

Integrity is the heartbeat of a business; it forms the core of operational ethics and values that you stand for. A culture of honest will mo...

Integrity is the heartbeat of a business; it forms the core of operational ethics and values that you stand for.

A culture of honest will motivate employee productivity, and it will attract more clients to your company, whether you are a startup or a big corporate.

By @Comic24Derick

Business integrity is not a ‘maybe’ or afterthought, it is ongoing. Once you begin to compromise on integrity and honesty, through shortcuts, you forfeit your business culture and that will corrupt the whole system.

Successful companies do not achieve lofty rankings by raking huge profits only, integrity plays a bigger part in that outcome.

What is business integrity?

Integrity has a different meaning to people, but one that stands out was composed by C. S. Lewis. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

From Lewis’s analysis, if you require monitoring on integrity or compliance, then you have completely lost it. Right is right, wrong is wrong. 

If you need further clarification on this, chances are that you are not yet ready to engage in business, until you refocus your integrity compass.

Media personality, Oprah Winfrey, shares Lewi’s discerning. “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” 
“In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy,” warns Warren Buffet. (Image: Pixels)
People with integrity are not monitored or tracked because their actions and results speak volumes about their personality and intentions.

Integrity gives you freedom

“With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” – Zig Ziglar.

The above saying explains why the guilt is constantly living in fear: lack of integrity. If you are an honest entrepreneur, you are always challenged not to cheat, even if you can override the system.

Companies that are caught in tax evasion or other excesses are doing the opposite of what Ziglar advised. Inflating books of accounts, like what Enron once did, is a clear sign of a lack of integrity.

The truth will set you free

Honest individuals are rare, when you become one of the few that practice it, you will shock many people in the process, and they are likely to copy it from you and you can transform many people.

Integrity has become rare such that it will astonish many when you are one of the few. So why wait, do it and become a part of history. “Always do right,” Mark Twain urged. “This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

American philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson confirms the rarity of honest people, adding that it exists in one’s mind, so it forms part of your actions and character. Dishonesty is a state of the mind. “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind,” noted Emerson.

Faking it is better than nothing at all

“Integrity is crucial for business success – once you can fake that, you’ve got it made,” cautioned Henry Ford. 

Small steps towards achieving integrity are attained by doing the small things first, so you don’t have to do everything at once. The little steps you are making today will accumulate into something bigger.

Although not written down, Ford was convinced that integrity contributed to the success of his business, which has been in existence for generations.

Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, might have lived generations apart with Ford, but she shared the same values on integrity.

“Honesty is the cornerstone of all success. Without honesty, confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist,” the late businesswoman concurred. Integrity breeds assurance in business, giving you the urge to perform because you know what you are doing will add value to humanity.

Integrity is rewarded

“It’s true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity, you will never be one.” Also, integrity does not operate in a vacuum, and possessing it is not a qualification to lead.

This statement reopens the debate about what makes a great leader, however, Ziglar, quoted above, shows that a leader without integrity will be compromised in every move.

Shortcuts are wrong cuts

“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters…that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square,” according to Michelle Obama.

Have you asked yourself why notorious drug lords are not included on the list of rich people in the world? 

They earned their wealth through exploiting others, and possibly killing, illegal, dishonest means. And those people don’t deserve any recognition because they cheated their way to the top.

Honest is interpersonal

“As I have said, the first thing is, to be honest with yourself,” noted Nelson Mandela. “You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself. Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”

Mandela’s actions, after serving 27 years in jail, have changed the world’s perception of integrity. The late, iconic South African president made an impact as a peacemaker, simply because he changed the way he viewed others, especially those who incarcerated him for seeking freedom. In the end, his former enemies praised him.

A heartbeat of honest

“The strongest thing that any human being has going for itself is its own integrity and its own heart,” composed Herbie Hancock. “As soon as you start veering away from that, the solidarity that you need to stand up for what you believe in, just isn’t going to be there.”

The heart pumps blood, that gives life to the body. Without a heart, you die. Equally, without integrity in business, you lose your moral compass, and reason to exist.

Qualifications only are misleading

Caution to recruiters: when hiring employees, don’t concentrate on qualifications, but consider one’s character as well. A great employee must have a combination of certain qualities.

“In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy,” warns Warren Buffet. “And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”

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