Articles | Integrity

  • 5 Ways to Deepen Your Integrity

    Blog | September 07, 2017

    Daniel and his three friends are some of my favorite Bible characters. They modeled what it means to live a life of integrity. Several years ago, James Patterson and Peter Kim authored the book, The Day America told the Truth. They conducted a survey asking Americans what they would be willing to do for 10 million dollars and were shocked at their discovery. In this post, with a backdrop of their findings, I suggest 5 ways to deepen your integrity from the book of Daniel.

    Here’s what the authors learned about integrity from their research.

  • Megan Pacheco

    5 Signs Your Work Ethic Needs “Work”

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | August 03, 2017

    When it comes to leadership, we often focus on the positional leader, the person near the top, addressing various opportunities for growth and development of habits and disciplines that, if cultivated, should eventually lead to success.

    In this blog, however, I’d like to focus on another facet of the leadership spectrum—our role as employees. We’ll see that exhibiting a poor work ethic is really a failure to lead from within and can seriously jeopardize our influence and witness.

  • 8 Benefits of Integrity in Life and Leadership

    Blog | Charles Stone | February 21, 2017

    8 Benefits of Integrity in Life and Leadership

    Charles Stone

    Integrity is taking a beating today.

    ·  20 baseball players potentially being suspended for doping

    ·  Lance Armstrong being stripped of all his awards for lying

    ·  The IRS apparently misusing its power

    ·  The Justice Department being accused of lying

    ·  Identity theft occurring to 1 out of 10 people

  • Megan Pacheco

    5-Minute Lesson on Integrity

    What Leaders Should Talk Less About but Do More of

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | January 03, 2017

    “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:12 NIV).

    Sometimes that’s all it takes—five minutes—to learn a lesson that’ll stay with you forever.

    It takes—five minutes—to learn a lesson that’ll stay with you forever.

     

  • Megan Pacheco

    I Want a Fit Body… But I Also Want Tacos: Every Leader’s Dilemma

    Leadership and Self Deception

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | July 28, 2016

    As I was finishing up a divine slice of tiramisu for breakfast (don't judge!) a meme I recently saw flashed in my mind. It read: “I want a hot body, but I also want tacos.”

    As I chuckled, it occurred to me that this is the age-old struggle for all of us. And I don't mean the choice between a fit body and tacos, or in my case, tiramisu. This silly meme represented the struggle between our deepest, long-term desires and the impulses for immediate gratification that always seem to stand in the way.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Doing the Right Thing...Even When It Hurts

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | May 10, 2016

    “It is true that integrity alone won't make you a leader, but without integrity, you will never be one.” Zig Ziglar

    In May 2005, Andy Roddick, the top seeded U.S. tennis player, was playing a match in the Rome Masters against much lower seeded Fernando Verdasco. Fernando had already lost the first set and was about to lose the second. As Fernando served for what seemed his last opportunity to save the game, the umpire called his ball out, giving the match to Roddick. By all accounts, Andy was the winner.

  • A recent homily by Pope Francis about a danger that leaders face revived vivid memories of my days teaching junior high students in our parish’s religious education program. As is typical of newly emerging teens in our culture, they were inclined to see the Bible as just one more pious artifact that had little or no relevance to their hip interests and cool lifestyles.

  • Kemmons Wilson Jr. (whose family founded the Holiday Inn chain) serves as the Chairman of the Board of Wilson Hotel Management. In today's podcast Mr. Wilson shares lessons he learned from his parents on character, integrity and the importance of living out strong biblical values in both personal and corporate life. As a successful businessman, Mr. Wilson shares ways seasoned leaders can pass on a strong work ethic and strong values to younger generations.

     
    He shares with us this sobering statement: "Reputation is built by many acts, but it's lost by one." 
  • Megan Pacheco

    Lukewarm leadership: We are supposed to be different

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | November 10, 2015

     

    The news headline caught my attention. It read: “Marathon Cheat Crosses the Line to Win Second Place.” Intrigued, I started reading about a marathon runner who was so determined to get on the podium that he resorted to cheating. Instead of running the race with all of his competitors, he hid among the spectators and rejoined the group of runners shortly before crossing the finish line.

    His success was short-lived. Soon after the race, the young man was exposed, arrested, and will be facing fraud charges. Ouch!