To those of you who have followed the Integrity Stew series, you will see something different here. A deeply affecting story about a young woman and the critical turn in her life empowered by her mother’s love. This is an important foundation of Integrity: Discernment of another person’s unique talent and supporting them in bringing it to the world.
In this interview, Janice Johnson of Nogales, Arizona, tells the story of how her mother launched her on a 70-year career in art.
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The Law of Small Things
Most of us take our integrity for granted. As a result, a false confidence distorts our decision-making as individuals, in business and in our nation. The big breaches of integrity we see all around us—that we tend to blame on others—can be addressed by the “practice” of integrity as a learned skill, in our individual relationships, our workplaces and in our nation.
But first, we have to let go of the illusion that we “have” integrity as a matter of intuition and that we are innately ready for big things without practicing on small things.
“Integrity: The state of being whole and undivided; the condition of being unified, unimpaired or sound”
I originated this blog and video series in order to explore issues of integrity in our culture.
More specifically, to understand why trust—the essential ingredient of integrity—has taken such a beating in the operation of government, the conduct of business, relationships in the workplace, and even in the ways we act within our family.
Integrity Stew takes a hard look at what we need to change in our society but also explores what is worth preserving.
The videos in the Integrity Stew series are often controversial. The views of the interviewees do not necessarily represent what I believe, but they reflect important ways of thinking about critical issues around integrity.
I hope you will enjoy the blog posts and videos in this series and send comments to help me refine it further.
Above all, I hope I have made a contribution to the important debate about what we need to do to improve trust among us.
Stu is Founder of IntegrityIntensive (www.integrityintensive.com), a consulting firm concentrating on ethics, integrity, and leadership training. His speeches and workshops have brought his insights on the practice of integrity to thousands across the country.
He draws from more than thirty years as a former political leader and advisor to prominent political figures, including Presidential candidates.
In his career as a lawyer he appeared before the Supreme Court and has written numerous articles on labor relations, dispute settlement and mediation.
He has held numerous public offices including Ethics Officer for New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation. He has taught ethics at The State University of New York (SUNY) and the University of Arizona and is a Senior Scholar at SUNY's Institute for Ethics in Public Life.