My goal in this series is to talk about important concepts related to career fulfilment in a fun and unusual way. So today’s topic of “honesty” is a very important one indeed.
Now, the honesty of which I speak is multi-faceted. You have to be honest both in your actions and in your heart.
Honest action is about doing what’s right—even when no one is looking, even when it’s hard and even when it might seem trivial at the time.
Ethics and integrity are foundational components of career success. It’s about more than simply following the law and abiding by the rules. It’s about upholding a set of personal values and principles that demonstrate the best you have to offer as a person operating within a community (the workplace).
Without these things, you invariably will hit roadblocks professionally and personally. After all, when your colleagues can’t trust you, your ability to contribute meaningfully in the workplace all but evaporates.
When you’ve been in the professional world for a while, it can be easy to discount the importance of the little things. You may find yourself slowly devolving into “the grey area”—doing things that aren’t necessary wrong, but things that don’t truly reflect a strong, ethical core. Things like gossiping about others. Or accepting credit for something that wasn’t really yours to own. Or grabbing some extra supplies to restock your home office.
These things may not feel like much in the moment, but they add up over time. They slowly degrade your reputation and before long, you may begin to blur the lines even further. [Read more…]