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Session 4: Integrity in Business

Posted By Lauren Burn, Monday, December 4, 2017

Before attending the YAF Session 4 – Integrity in Business, the group was asked to read a short article from an interview with Professor Michael Jenson. The article introduced the group to the concept of integrity and its relationship to business. Throughout the session we would learn more about integrity – how to keep it and loose it in the workplace.

One of the biggest concepts explained in this session was that integrity is not only keeping one’s agreement or word. This is not the only way to uphold integrity. Rather, we can keep integrity by honoring the agreement.

An example was running late to a meeting. One might argue that being late to a meeting would result in a loss of integrity. Though integrity can be kept in this situation by simply sending a notice to the other meeting members. This makes them aware of your being late. A notice would keep the integrity of the situation. The original agreement of the meeting time would not be met, but in notifying the group, the original agreement is still being honored and acknowledged.

Integrity isn’t just the moral right/wrong in a situation.  Rather integrity is the workability of a situation. Integrity holds everyone accountable. When someone is late to a meeting, integrity is lost because the meeting is no longer workable. But in the notification of being late, this allows others to plan accordingly and start the meeting at a time when the meeting is workable.

Integrity is when a task is whole and complete with nothing missing. One way to reach a whole and complete end result is to put key tasks in existence. By scheduling work and making a list of 'incompletes', this allows us to see how much there is left to complete. A way to do this is to put tasks on the calendar or some other display outside the head. In this session we were asked to make a list of all our 'incompletes'. Making lists isn’t the solution, but actually going back to review them and check them off. These are strategies that allow us to keep our promises and live with integrity. 

--Gabrielle Steffel, AIA

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