If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters. Alan K. Simpson
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” Frederick Douglass
Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
“There are no secrets to success: don’t waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence.”
Colin Powell[/info] The vision is the direction you are heading; the values are the guiding principles in how you go about achieving this. They are the organization’s moral compass, dictating acceptable behavior and actions. The Latin credo – meaning a set of beliefs is a good way of describing the values. This can often start with those that started the organization and if strong enough they will survive after they have left. It is not enough to print some nice values, for them to work and staff to buy in then they need to be lived. The core values of the organization can also assist in recruiting and retaining employees who hold those same values. This can help in maintaining them and embed the organization’s culture. Sometimes values in an organization may not be printed, they are embedded within its fabric and employees are aware of them.
“People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel”
“The thought manifests the word;
The word manifests the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let them spring forth from love
Born out of compassion for all beings.
As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.”
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
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