Cultural Integrity. Your organization's behavior is the world's window on you and your values. Cultural integrity is congruence between what you say and what you do. Are the behaviors of those in your organization consistent with the values that you stand for? Just as friction burns up engines, conflicting behaviors erode effectiveness, productivity and profitability. Cultural buy-in means consistent follow through in terms of what we do and how we do it. If the "front line" sees hypocrisy between the statements of senior leaders and their behavior, they can be immobilized - or worse, given permission to behave destructively. Then, when the outside world sees a disconnect between the "plaque on the wall" of promises made and the actual behaviors of those in your organization, your very own integrity can come into question. Our organizational effectiveness process builds trust and forthright communication. It speeds clear understanding of values with consistent action between and among your partners, from the executive suite to the front line.

To know where you stand, evaluate your answers to the questions around these eight attributes. If you have any hesitation in answering "yes" to these first eight, then let us know and we can help you build an Integrity-Centered company.

Eight Attributes of an Integrity-Centered Company
by James F. Bracher, architect for the renewal of integrity-centered leadership

1. CHARACTER: consistency between word and deed.
Do the leaders of your organization exhibit congruence between what they say and what they do, as well as what they say about what they did? Do leaders exhibit the right behavior?

2. HONESTY: truthful communication.
Do you have confidence that your leaders would never engage in or sanction misrepresentation?

3. OPENNESS: operational transparency.
Is appropriate information about your organization readily available?

4. AUTHORITY: employee encouragement.
Are you able to correct a customer problem? Do you have confidence that your actions will be supported?

5. PARTNERSHIP: honor obligations.
Does your organization pride itself on timely fulfillment of all commitments?

6. PERFORMANCE: accountability throughout the organization.
When individuals, including senior executives, under-perform repeatedly, are they given due process and then, if necessary, replaced?

7. CHARITY: generous community stewardship.
Does your organization reach out to those in need?

8. GRACIOUSNESS: respect and discipline.
Does your organization demonstrate care and concern for all stakeholders?

If you would like to build an integrity-centered company and strengthen your organization's productivity, let us know.

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