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This is the sixth and final part series that examines and explores how we might be able to use our personal and professional values the shape the future.

In today’s blog we will explore HONESTY.  

Please share what are your perspectives on honesty. How do you apply it to lead and create the future.

The PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct describes honesty as follows:

“Honesty is our duty to understand and act in a truthful manner both in our communications and in our conduct”

Take a blank page and write out in your own words what HONESTY means to you? Write out why it is important.

Reflect on how the power of honesty can be used as a tool to shape your journey through the new realities of our post-covid-19 world.

Honesty is more than not telling lies, it is doing what is moral and just. Being honest means having integrity, a moral compass, being trustworthy, not spreading rumors, not saying one thing behind people’s backs and then being different in front of them. Honesty is not telling people what we think they want to hear so that they will like us and provide us with favors and opportunities. This is a passive form of dishonesty.

Honesty means being who we say we are, saying what we will do and doing what we said, it means following through on our commitments.

Honesty means being open to both positive and negative feedback. It is surprising how many people do not know how to take compliments or hearing positive things about themselves. And equally how many people only hear what they want to hear, filtering out things that are negative or uncomfortable.

  • How often do you ask others for feedback and really listened?
  • How do you respond to negative feedback or criticism?
  • How do you deal with people who are stating half-truths?
  • How do you feel when you know you have told a lie?
  • How do you feel about challenging people with uncomfortable truths?

The future is wide open, waiting for us to create it. What do you want to do with it?

How are you going to use your HONESTY to create the future of your family, your work and your relationship with yourself?

There are many things that we cannot choose in life, but our most important choices of all, who we are, how we show up, what we stand for and how we create the future through our values – these choices are in our complete control.

Please share in your comments your thoughts on the importance of values, so we can all learn from each other.

How are you going to use HONESTY to create the future through the chaos and turbulence of your new realities?


Posted by Kashmir Birk on: June 23, 2020 10:58 PM | Permalink

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Very good take on honesty. It's not just about what we tell others, but also what we choose to tell OURSELVES!

Thanks for sharing., very interesting

Honesty and Transparency are very important and will Help build trust over time.

Very interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing.

Good Article and I agree

Kashmir, certainly honesty is a vital component in being successful with family, at work, and with friends. Trust goes a long way, when being honest.


Worthy read! Thanks for sharing.

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