Archive for August, 2011

 

Standing Up For Convictions–When It Counts

August 27th, 2011
Jim Thomas

Fundamental tenet of the cardinal virtue of integrity is the willingness to pronounce one’s beliefs. Not on trivialities, but on material issues affecting the conduct of human affairs.

In the great scheme of things, opinions have no effect unless they are made known.  Otherwise, they rise no higher than self- indulgence.

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Honesty Is Not Synonymous With Integrity,And We Need To Know The Difference,For Integrity Is What We Need

August 15th, 2011
Jim Thomas

People often interchange the great virtues of honesty and integrity as if they are one and the same. But, they are decidedly distinct and separate, each being important in its own way.

As Professor Stephen L. Carter of Yale Law School points out in his book Integrity, one cannot have integrity without being honest, but one can be honest and yet lack integrity. Consider that for a moment.

The word “integrity” is invoked to describe everything from the condition of old master paintings to the state of human organs. We see it in TV advertising and politics. It appears in the names of businesses, apartment complexes, and on outdoor signage. That poses a problem. Everybody who uses the term seems to mean something different from everyone else.

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About My Keynote-Conference Speech “The Integrity Imperative”

August 5th, 2011
Jim Thomas

Background

The speech is the product of my research, investigation, writing, and speaking on the subject beginning 27 years ago. This work focused on the principles of this timely and timeless virtue. In addition, I collected from all walks of life individuals who have exemplified integrity, often at great cost, inconvenience, and sometimes at irreparable loss to themselves.

Integrity in Action

The examples and profiles demonstrate every point contained in “The Integrity Imperative.” They show integrity in dramatic form, as it is and ought to be. As Coach K of Duke University basketball aptly stated, “Crucial words are best understood by seeing them in action.” If ever there was a crucial word it is “Integrity.”

The Tenets and Principles

 This keynote-conference speech is unique in several particulars.  For once, the message lays out the authentic meaning of integrity. Few, if any, speakers ever offer the correct definition, as drawn from authorities of the ages. And no speaker today, to my knowledge, lays out the tenets of its practice—much less its motivations, adversaries, the accepted rules of compromise, or its supreme benefits and advantages.

Why an Imperative

The presentation makes an irrefutable case. When value is affixed to:Trustworthiness and reputation;

  • The necessity of accountability;
  • Performing as promised, when promised in the manner promised;
  • Refusal to cut corners and play loosely with the rules;
  • Recognition and avoidance of conflicts of interest;
  • Willingness to stand up and be counted when it counts;
  • Defeat of alluring temptations and ill-advised compromise.

Then, Integrity does become and overriding Imperative!

The speech is ideal for your Convention, Conference, Meeting, and Training Session.