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Career Skills for the New Economy by Bruce Tulgan

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2.   Be Full of Integrity

If your boss or customer wants you to lie, cheat, steal, or harm others, don’t do it. Quit if necessary. Blow the whistle if you think it’s appropriate. No matter what, don’t get involved in unethical dealings. It’s not worth any price. Be honest, and honest people will gravitate toward you.

But, let’s face it, that’s the easy part. How much judgment or effort is really required to reject downright dishonesty and corruption? The hard part is when integrity requires more than sitting on a high horse in judgment of others. Real integrity requires proactive behavior:

•   Breaking your back to deliver, if necessary, when people are counting on you

•   Helping others, even when nobody is there to give you credit

•   Intervening ...

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