BUSINESS: The importance of Integrity

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By Jim Pagiamtzis
November 20th, 2013 Edition

There have been many books written on integrity from John C Maxwell to Brian Klemmer. I have come to the conclusion in recent years that many professionals have not either read these books or simply have no integrity!

As a busy entrepreneur I manage my weekly events by having scheduled meetings either by phone or meeting clients at my office.

I have always made an effort to show up early and be prepared for the meeting. If I am late I make every effort to call or text

Hence today Friday Oct 11th I had a scheduled phone call at 11:00am to discuss an upcoming event happening at the end of November and of course I had to leave a message. I did send an email to remind him and later in the day (early evening) I left an online message. I have not received a response.

Later that afternoon I had a meeting at 12:30pm at a downtown coffee shop. The client is from out of town and I give him exact instructions where we were meeting. I showed up earlier than expected and took the sights and sounds of Yonge and Dundas Square for half an hour.

At 12:00 pm I got a text that he was going to be a few minutes late. Half an hour later I waited outside and enjoyed the awesome day we were having in Toronto! Time began to tick away and I checked my phone just in case to see if I had missed a phone call or text. It was at 1:15pm when I sent him numerous text messages that I had go to soon and I couldn’t wait.

I had returned to the office when I received a text that he had missed the out of town bus and he was going to be late. I had already made my mind up and was headed back. A few minutes later he sent a text apologizing for his lateness.

The above stories share the insights that some people (not all) don’t respect others time and don’t plan ahead. Therefore they miss opportunities to learn and grow and possibly create great long-tern business relationships or friendships.

I encourage you to read books by John C Maxwell or Brain Klemmer. They share the insights on integrity, leadership and much more..

The moral of the story. Being early is a good thing to practice, creating the habit of not showing up or being late may signify areas of your life that you may want to evaluate.

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