With April Fools’ Day just behind us, now might be a good time to reflect on the topic of integrity. In the most basic terms, living by a set of ethical principles boils down to knowing and respecting the difference between right and wrong, and choosing to do what’s right.
As one of my all-time favourite books, Cowboy Ethics, by James P. Owen, suggests: “There’s right and there is wrong, and nothing in between.” However, I know more than a few business leaders who would disagree. They think there’s a delicate balance between telling the truth, and telling just enough of the truth to attract investors. They believe being fair in a business deal makes you a sucker with a bleeding heart, or that having integrity is a fine idea, but not always practical — following the old “nice guys never finish first” paradigm.
From my experience, most people…
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