All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.  – Tom Peters in Fast Company

What’s your personal and professional integrity Index ? (PPII)

Your personal and professional integrity will get tested day in day out and till the last day of your career. Some of the examples of breach of personal integrity are:

  • Thieving professional time of the company by doing personal work or attending events not related to the work in official hours. This is the biggest menace in most of the companies
  • Improper travel, refreshment, or medical bills
  • Poaching official stationary
  • Not adhering to company’s guidelines
  • Acting in a manner to get personally benefitted

Professional integrity has a very large canvass. Breach of professional integrity means siding with improper, incorrect, motivated proposals, thoughts, strategies leading up to poor customer experience, drop in profitability, lack of effort in getting the right price and specs for a product, inefficient procurement, incorrect price determination and realization from the market. Such things if happen because of volatility in the market, for reasons beyond one’s control will certainly not be a compromise on professional integrity. Therefore, be mindful of all acts of yours to preserve, protect and promote your personal brand which is so important to you and has immense value.

One of the biggest challenge in life is to get pushed into a situation which is improper and unjustified and you are asked to justify it. You may have the bad luck of getting a boss who is toxic, has manipulated the system to reach that position .Perhaps the best way to obviate such challenges is to evolve in a manner that those in the wrong find it extremely difficult even to approach you.

You have to say no once or may be twice and your reputation would spread like wild fire . No one will approach you thereafter for any improper deeds. Remain humble, polite and of course firm with full rationale and courage of conviction for saying NO. Such things happen in all jobs or businesses, be it private or public or any profession be it Doctor,Engineer, Architect, CA, Non-finance,Journalist, IT, non-ITetc. Lots of professional do succumb to such pressures under false impressions or understanding that job, career may get affected. It does not happen that way! Chances of losing your job or career getting impacted are more if you side with improper thoughts and deeds.

Having seen professional life from close quarters for a long time, have noticed very many careers getting destroyed just because of continued indifference or not adhering to the minimum expected standards of integrity . So keep your PPII ( Personal& Professional Integrity Index ) in check.



This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. Nice

  2. Nice

  3. Fully agree

    In 37 years of my career , I took decisions and acted according to my own conscience and lived by own yardstick with a very strong belief in God .

    Further at the every single day , I had a practice of sitting just for 5 minutes to seek answer from my own self “ if I really earned my meal today “ This was borne out of my fathers advice that if my salary was 500 rupaye , i must satisfy myself that I have done work worth 501 at least .

    And these things kept me going and growing .

    1. Yes HS!What you speak to the man in the mirror makes the difference in life. Appreciate your response !

  4. Quite a mirror. Its true. Learning to say NO is important. Staying firm with “NO” is tough but key to success.

    Keep sharing …

    1. Agree DD

  5. True Sir-
    A person who has integrity lives his or her values in relationships with coworkers, customers, and stakeholders. Honesty and trust are central to integrity. Acting with honor and truthfulness are also basic tenets in a person with integrity.
    Simultaneously being falsely accused is a painful emotional experience. The pain and shame of not being seen as we really are unbearable humiliations.
    Maintaining PPII is the core value of life.

    1. Well said

  6. Very well written piece!

    Work-life integration has indeed created a conversion of personal and professional. Even organizations need to acknowledge this with employees and clearly communicate what is expected, what is acceptable, and what is not.
    Having said that, being personal and allowing your employers and colleagues to see the human side of you is equally important. But knowing when to draw the line is even more important. You wouldn’t want your relationship to cross any line where your effectiveness as their fellow colleague was compromised.

    1. Appreciate

  7. Saying NO can be difficult in the immediate situation but rewarding in the long run..very well written ….

  8. Indeed, inducements and need for approbation act as serious contenders for a person’s integrity. Being grounded in reality is something that the seniors have to take upon themselves to inculcate in the youngsters.

  9. True to the core Sir, but denials cost oneself a lot.
    Warm Regards

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  13. A very relevant issue raised by Mr Pradeep Chhabra – for both of those who work in PSUs and Private Sector !

  14. Well said sir,
    Not having courage to say no when needed is one of biggest time waisted in professional and private life.
    Failing to say No on requirements keeps one busy in finding out invalid reasons for justifying the wrong yes.
    I endorse your views it is one of the biggest non value added activities.

    1. You are spot on and your argument on the time wasted in life is so appropriate. Have experienced this all along.
      Thanks for commenting

  15. Very useful and appropriate for all jobs .i am the principal of a school and even if this particular post has not mentioned about school teachers i agree that it is very important to maintain PPII to rise in life.

    1. Agree

  16. True sir. Our day to day life we are Fighting ourself . To say no is very difficult task. I am sure One day I probably able to say no.

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