Do You Ever Become Tone-Deaf, Insensitive, Or Even Negligent To Your Constituency?
Could you ever do something today for which you blasted – yes, “blasted” – someone else in the past?
Is that bold? Is it ignorant? Tone deaf? Oblivious? Entitlement?
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price is being blasted himself for flying on private jets using federal dollars while conducting federal business – a behavior similar to which he berated House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi for in the past. Now, Price’s cost of using private jets (and cost of his own hypocrisy) is climbing to $1 million dollars.
In the end, it was Price’s undoing as, amid the backlash resulting from his indiscretion, he decided to resign his post.
“Your integrity is a measure on the gauge of your character.”
It may not rise to this same scale and cost, but have there been instances where we might have criticized an action by another and then found ourselves carrying out that same action?
Whether it was intended and blatant or an oblivious misstep, critics will remember our past, our charges against others, and bring our actions to our attention and the attention of others if we violate what we previously preached.
So how do we maintain the integrity of our word and the standard we expect?
This goes for both the actions we carry out and the actions of those in our periphery — those we work with and whom we can influence.
Price’s situation, much like other recent political examples, is one which is blatant. And although the lesson it obvious, it serves as a stark reminder for the rest of us to be cognizant and self-aware when it comes to the actions, characteristics, and attributes we hold and carry out.
“How do you monitor your actions, regardless of situation, severity, urgency, politics, etc., to ensure you’re not undermining yourself?”
It calls upon us to do a quick self-assessment of ourselves. How do we violate our own messages of integrity? There is what we may think to ourselves and then what we tell others.
If we violate our internal code of standard and ethics, but it is not apparent to others what those standards are, it is on us to correct those deficiencies.
But if we violate what others expect of us and have heard from us in a public platform, we will be held accountable, and it’s only a matter of time before we’re taken out to the woodshed.
The other thing to consider, but yet doesn’t condone the action, is the obviousness and explicitness of the violation. What do you take your constituency and stakeholders for if you violate that code in such an obvious manner? It’s not only the violation that stings but that one would do it so blatantly and in plain view.
How do you monitor your actions, regardless of situation, severity, urgency, politics, etc., to ensure you’re not undermining yourself?
Your integrity is a measure on the gauge of your character.
The things which may appear simple to you may seem much more complex in the eyes of others.