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What Happened to Ethics and Integrity?


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I ask myself this question more and more.  It seems many have lost their morals, integrity and ethics along the way.  Don't get me wrong, I am not perfect.  Actually. VERY far from it.  I have done some pretty crappy things in my day; however I don't care to repeat them.  Aren't we supposed to learn from our mistakes?  Why do many keep repeating them?


Kerry Stokes, an Australian business man once said, "Ethics or simple honesty is the building blocks upon which our whole society is based, and business is a part of our society, and it's integral to the practice of being able to conduct business, that you have a set of honest standards."


Today I was doing some research for my website and upcoming blogs.  I found someone had an awesome word document that was very well written about a subject I love.  So, of course I wanted to share it.  I saved it.  I had other stuff to do, as I was milling around something in my gut told me I had seen that same article before.  No wonder I liked it so much! I took a paragraph of it and searched the internet to see if I could find where I had previously seen it.  Well, it was from a published blog on a website I follow.  I must have received the information via email.


Someone other than the original author of that blog article took the verbiage, copied and shared it in a word document as if they wrote it.  Not only is that unethical and lacks integrity, but it is ILLEGAL!  You cannot steal someone else's intellectual property and pass it off as your own.  You can however "borrow" it and give credit where credit is due.  That wasn't the case here.


As of late, I have seen so many "professionals" calling themselves titles they have not earned.  You can read more about this in my What's in a Title article.  Not only that but using those titles to join organizations they are not eligible for.  I am not sure about you, but for me, these things are deal breakers. I don't want to work with someone like that, I can never trust you.  If you don't have the knowledge, why say you are something you are not?  I cannot stand the phrase, "fake it until you make it".  NO!  Be who you are meant to be and do the right thing.  If you are not truly educated in the things you say you are when someone trusts you to be, you are doing a huge disservice not only to them, but yourself and