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Greg's Greetings

May 3, 2021

I was struggling this week with what to write for my article.  I shared my struggle with a couple co-workers that I confide in and asked for their thoughts.  During our conversation we discussed a few amazing things that we had seen staff do lately, not because there was something in it for the staff member but rather because it was the right thing to do.  Thus, integrity came to mind.

One of the most important traits a person can possess is moral integrity.  Integrity is truly doing the right thing even when no one is watching.  It’s doing the right thing even when it may work to your disadvantage.  It is keeping your word.  It’s that compass inside of you that directs you where you know you should go when everything around you is pulling you in a different direction.  

In my opinion, the following are reasons it is so important:

  1. You determine your moral integrity.    Just like you choose your attitude each day, you determine your integrity.  This is different than your reputation because reputation is the public perception of your integrity.
  2. Integrity means keeping your word.  It is the foundation of our trustworthiness.  Can I count on you to do what you say you will do, no matter what may come along to make it difficult?
  3. Having integrity makes life easier.  If you keep your word and do the right thing you will feel less stress, your co-workers will appreciate you, and your kids will learn from your behavior.
  4. You either have it or you don’t.  From the moment you are born, you – and you alone – determine whether you will be a person of integrity.  Integrity does not come in degrees – low, medium, or high. You either have integrity or you do not.

Daily, I see such great things done by staff at Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics.  These things all fall within our Standards of Behavior, but I believe it is bigger than that; I believe it is that voice inside of us that says it’s the right thing to do even though no one is watching.

Until next time……


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