In a recent conversation with a colleague of mine the topic of business integrity came up. Actually, I’ve had this type of conversation many times during the nearly 20 years I’ve been in business.
It seems in some circles the word integrity means something completely different than in other circles.
Let’s start with the Webster’s Dictionary definition.
: the quality of being honest and fair
: the state of being complete or whole
Full Definition of INTEGRITY
1: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values: incorruptibility
2: an unimpaired condition: soundness
3: the quality or state of being complete or undivided: completeness
It’s amazing the number of entrepreneurs who use the word integrity to define the way they run their business, but a closer look reveals a contradiction in their use of the word and their actions.