Ethics is something that has been forgotten or not being put into practice by a lot of business people in today's fast paced business environment - too many cut corners in order to make an additional buck - they go for the cash grab. They think only about themselves.
While this wrongful approach might work a few times in the long run it will be extremely detrimental to your reputation, image and to your business - one bad reference in relation to ethics will spread as wildfire. Even in some cases, some people spent decades of their lives building a great reputation and a fantastic business - and then tore it down by making one foolish move of bad judgement.
When it comes to your approach in your personal life and your business - you will never go wrong in doing what's right. Never. If there is one thing about leadership success is that it lies at the intersection where excellence meets honor.
Nothing is more important than being honest, highly dependable, staying on time, and treating people the way we want to be treated.. The way we do anything is the way we do everything and even one breach against our ethics will pollute everything we touch. Nothing is more precious in your personal life and business life than staying consistent with your values and protecting your good name.
Never do anything that will tarnish your integrity.
People will always flock to you or run away from you based on your reputation.
In today's interconnected world, with a few strokes on the keyboard, consumers can tell the world about who you are, what you've done, and all you stand for. Always, always maintain a pristine name and guard your personal brand by being impeccably ethical.
Always say what you mean, mean what you say and act as you say.
Be humble, honest and forthcoming in each and every single circumstance.
Written by John Krumbach,
VP of Finances