About My Keynote-Conference Speech “The Integrity Imperative”

August 5th, 2011
Jim Thomas


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.


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