Integrity Matters Broadcasts
January 1, 2005
Here we are, once again, at that time of year for thinking
of new beginnings. Have you made any New Year's Resolutions?
Perhaps you would include your commitment to become a "team-integrity" role
model - one step at a time, each day and every day.
All around us, there are opportunities to speak up and
live up to a higher standard. However, and as you would
expect from the Bracher Center's monthly Broadcast, there is some work to be done, by each of us:
REGARDING INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND TEAM MEMBERSHIPS:
- On how many teams do you participate (a to z)?
- athlete or sports participant?
- celebrity or public figure?
- concert goer?
- driver of vehicle(s)?
- elected or appointed official?
- grandparent or great-grandparent?
- pet owner?
- spiritual organization?
- theater attendee?
- other activities and involvements that engage
- What are your responsibilities in each setting?
- How well are you fulfilling your responsibilities in each relationship?
- What will you be doing differently in 2005 to make your impact for
and with each of
your respective teams/relationships more constructive?
- How will you monitor your own improvement?
On the subject of teamwork, negative and destructive examples
continue to emerge. Professional basketball players slap
around frustrated fans at a Detroit Pistons-Indiana
Pacers game and are suspended, one for the remainder of
the season, possibly wrecking prospects for the success
of his team, the Indiana Pacers. My thoughts on this mess:
and track superstars acknowledge "cheating with performance-enhancing
drugs" and still claim they carry no accountability
for their actions. Marion Jones professes her innocence,
proclaiming: "I've never tested positive!" Barry
Bonds states that he did not know the composition of compounds
he was taking. All the while his body changed dramatically.
The public is amazed. My recent Integrity
column addressed Major League Baseball and the Barry Bonds
and Jason Giambi situation: http://www.brachercenter.com/columns/2004/2004-12-15.html
Recent studies suggest that executives who violate marriage
vows could be posing a higher integrity risk for the
organizations they serve. Suddenly, society seems to
have awakened to the correlation between personal values
and public behavior (business and organizational).
If individuals "cheat" in
one area, are they more likely to exhibit these same behaviors
elsewhere? Evidence is pretty convincing that the answer
is yes. Maybe that is why the Nickel
to provide a valuable application between who we are at
work and at home, personally and professionally: http://www.brachercenter.com/article_nickelphilosophy.html
For 25 years, our leadership consultation has improved
team effectiveness in business environments. Some of the
questions we routinely ask of executives can be modified
and cause thoughtful individuals to "reclaim" legitimate
relationships, in many aspects of their lives. For example,
when we are hired to improve team effectiveness, we start
with questions about team integrity. We know that individual
members of a team exhibit unique operating styles, which
can create misunderstandings and reduce productivity. So,
we provide guidance that enables team members to benefit
from insights that improve communication. http://www.brachercenter.com/services03.html
Our Team Integrity process asks "self-improving
individuals" to address these eight questions:
- How do team members leverage their understanding
of each other?
- How do these same individuals appreciate complementary
- How are individual differences accommodated?
- How are conflicts constructively resolved?
- How are organizational values made real?
- How do successes drive collaboration?
- How do team members derive increased productivity
- How do team members hold one another accountable?
Clearly, these questions apply to individuals and corporate
leaders, asking how they might better operate every day. Please
strengthen your interpersonal transactions and celebrate 2005
with stronger team
relationships - both personally and professionally.
Happy New Year!