Sunday, February 13, 2011

Why Integrity Is Never Easy

Why is it necessary to place an "integrity" statement on a company's website or in its value statements?  After all, "Nobody wants to get involved with a company that lies, cheats, and tricks its customers," says author and consultant Ron Ashkenas.  The answer, as set forth in his Harvard Business Review blog post, is that integrity is just not that easy.

There are two reasons that integrity is not easy:  
  • First, is the "innate human ability to rationalize behavior" and
  • Second is that "everyone defines integrity differently."
For these reasons, "relying on compliance functions, policies, rules, and audits — the integrity police — is usually inadequate ."  Enjoy the rest of this worthwhile discussion at the following link:  Why Integrity Is Never Easy

This summary was prepared by Perry Cone and is posted at

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