When is it important to have integrity? Some of the time or all of the time? My friend Ben Case, President of Case Consulting Services, has been a hallmark of integrity as long as I have known him. And he tells a powerful story to explain to importance of integrity.
Before I started Transformational Impact LLC, I worked with Ben. He is reputedly one of the best major gift fundraisers in the world, having helped nonprofits raise more than $4.3 billion in his 40 years of fundraising. And he shares his expertise six days a week in the Tip o’ the Morning, a one-minute read covering the basic principles of fundraising (and sometimes life) that we need to know and practice to be successful.
Even though I no longer work with Ben, I still occasionally write a Tip o’ the Morning. And I am pleased to post an occasional Tip from Ben on my blog. Here’s Ben’s Most Valuable Tip (MVT) #44 entitled, “When Are You Going to Have Integrity—Some of the Time or All of the Time? Integrity Means All the Time.
Integrity is important for your leadership. It is important for you to be the same person all the time, especially if you are running a business. The people in your charge are relying on you to display the kind of character that is necessary to produce a healthy business culture. That’s why it is imperative that you exhibit business leadership integrity.
You can’t afford to be one kind of person at the workplace and one kind of person at home. That is not integrity. That is compartmentalization. And that will sabotage your business culture.
Here are three disciplines to implement to maintain business leadership integrity and develop a healthy business culture.
Sometimes things don’t go quite as you planned. Or they completely flop. And you have to clean up your mess. And figure out how to start over.
It’s never easy to deal with disappointment—or even outright failure. It’s tempting to brood about it. Or to ignore it. Or to deny it ever happened.
I have lost count of the number of times that I have had to process what went wrong. And I know it’s no fun to have to admit that things didn’t work out.
But disappointment and failure can be great teachers. If you are willing to be taught by them. Based on my own experience, here are three steps you can take to clean up your mess and start over.
I once heard someone say, “Priorities are what gets done. Everything else is just talk.” You have the time for all your priorities. You just have to make time. Not by balancing your priorities, but by integrating your life.
When I say integrating, I am talking about the opposite of compartmentalizing. When you see your life as a whole—and not the sum of parts—then you will better be able to make time for what is important. Besides, you will never be able to achieve balance in your life. Something will always outweigh everything else in your schedule. But if you integrate your life, you can make time for what is important to you.
Here’s how you can integrate your life to make time for your priorities.
If you’re living what you believe only half-heartedly, you’re not going to gain the full benefit of what you believe. If you’re going to be in, be all in.
Being a Christian involves noble aspirations. Changing lives. Saving lives. Making the world a better place. But Jesus called us to more than just noble aspirations.
Jesus called us to live the abundant life (John 10:10). But many don’t get to that point in their spiritual life because they don’t fully commit.
Here are three questions to consider about what you can do to live the abundant life. To live out your faith more intentionally. And to be all in.
When you are in a leadership role, it is crucial that your team believes in your ability to lead them. That’s why you must work with your team to inspire confidence in your leadership.
Your ability to lead isn’t really about what you know. It is more about inspiring them to believe that you have their best interests at heart.
Here are four things you can do to inspire confidence in your leadership ability.
In today’s business culture, we have grown accustomed to people lying to us—or at least not being up front with us. It seems commonplace to feel like we’re being snowed. That’s why it is imperative that you have a transparency mindset with your team.
Your team will want to believe you. But they are used to being conned. So you will have to surmount their jaundiced view of management.
Here are three ways you can overcome distrust by developing a practice of transparency.
Trust is a fragile thing. We want our team to trust us, but trust cannot be developed overnight. You can only build trust through a consistent relationship maintained over time.
In developing an environment of trust with your team, it is important to show yourself trustworthy. And then to show your team that they can trust the others on the team too.
Here are three principles to remember as you build trust with your team.
You can do more than just make money. You can make a difference. Your company can bring out the best in everyone around you. Your company can make a triple bottom line impact.
If you want your workplace to have a positive effect on your customers, your employees, your suppliers, your investors, and your community, then you can put your biblical values into action through a transformational culture. And as a result, your business will have a triple bottom line impact.
Here are the three bottom line benefits of having a transformational culture at your workplace.
Today we are so connected. We have thousands of friends, acquaintances, and associates all over the world. We are able to know exactly what they are up to without saying a word to them. But we don’t really know them. And they don’t know us. Because they aren’t real relationships.
We desperately want to be known, and yet we fear being known. We want to have real relationships with other people. But we put up walls and hide behind our social media profiles to prevent others from knowing us.
Why do we put up the walls? And how do we get past the fear of having real relationships? Here are three reasons we hide our true selves from others and what we can do about it.