A STATEMENT OF MY 7 UNUSUAL OBSESSIONS – These are the unusual commitments that govern my life. They are not so popular in this world we live in but they mean a lot to me. And my guess is they mean a lot to you.
As a professional, I recognize the importance of understanding my personal values and making known the ethical principles that guide my work. This code is a working document.
I declare the following principles to represent my personal code of professional ethics.
Integrity: It has its origin in the Latin word ‘integritas’ – a state of being whole and complete. Integrity for me therefore is distinct from morality. It is about the quality of being honest and fair. In the truest sense; it is about honoring thyself. It provides the workability in any endeavor of life. For instance if a spoke is missing from a wheel, it will impact its workability. One has integrity, or one doesn’t- there cannot be a half baked approach to integrity.
I honor my word as thyself; I honor my values, and I honor my commitments. My commitments are my standards and goals I have set for myself, the promises I have made to myself and to others. I am living life to my fullest potential and making a difference in the world at large. As soon as I am aware of being out of integrity, I acknowledge it, and then take the necessary steps to restore my integrity. I truly believe without Integrity nothing works.
Discipline: It has its origin in the Latin word ‘disciplina’ – it is about training oneself to control behavior. Discipline in my view is contrary to the negative connotation it shares with the word punishment. It is really about being in charge rather than being controlled by an external entity. For instance, in his path-breaking book Jim Collins gives an analogy of someone who is trying to walk across the country. The best approach, says Collins, is to attempt to travel the same distance every day. If you’re on a 20-mile march, says Collins, you don’t bolt 30 miles ahead when the weather is good. You go 20 miles. When the weather is bad, you can’t sit inside and complain – you still have to make 20 miles.
I commit myself such that I am a disciple of my values, and it provides me with an inspiration to exercise self control. I am committed to the 20 mile march – no matter what the external circumstances are. My disciplined and consistent effort therefore creates momentum that is unbeatable. I get up, dress up, and show up every day no matter how I feel.
Confidence: It has its origin in the Latin word ‘confidentia’ – to have full trust and self reliance, a quality of being bold and courageous.
I assume leadership with or without a title, and communicate with clarity and assertiveness. I have the faith in my abilities to succeed. I take a stand for what I believe in, and what I am committed to. I uphold my principles especially when it is inconvenient to do so or when no one is watching. I strive to be the best I can be, and don’t shy away from a challenge. I commit to aggressively pursuing my goals and not rest on my laurels. I exhibit grit to persist with my vision in the event of setbacks. I do the right thing the first time and every time in accordance with my values and integrity.
Respect: It has its origin in the Latin word ‘respectus’ – to have esteem for or a sense of worth or excellence of a person. I believe that respect is a natural birthright of every human being on this planet regardless of their gender, culture, orientation or socio-economic status. I also believe that unless one has a healthy self-respect, it is impossible to give others the respect they deserve. In order for one to have self-respect it is important to have a healthy self-esteem. As Einstein once said “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university”.
I strive towards mastering my emotions. I exhibit self-control in my dealings with others. I don’t lose sight of the aim and objective while being empathetic to the other’s point of view. I take an unbiased view of a situation and listen deeply to the underlying context within a conversation. I choose to feel, rise above the pettiness and choose compassion towards others no matter how different their position is from mine. I look for ways to see the humor in a situation by asking two simple questions – What is funny about this? Or what could be funny about this?
Delight: It has its origin in the Latin word dēlectāre – a trait that allures, fascinates or charms. I believe that the world that we live in today has shifted from the information economy to the experience economy. It no longer is a B2B (Business to Business) or B2C (Business to Consumer) connection – the evolution has now reached a stage where it is H2H (Human to Human) connection. Every successful outcome now has its origin in a human bond and relationships matter more than ever.
I am committed to nurturing relationships within my professional and personal network. I strive to go the extra mile to exceed expectations and delight my customers and clients. I settle for nothing less than ‘raving fans’ of my products, services and personal value offerings. I create a space around me such that people are respected, acknowledged and feel like a million bucks. I inspire them to pursue their potential and listen to their greatness. I smile, I listen, I make eye contact and I personalize my communication with others.
Mastery: It has its origin in the Anglo French word mestrie – a possession or display of great skill or technique.
I am committed to excellence; to become the best in my field, to strive for excellence. As the saying goes- ‘there is less traffic on the extra mile’. My approach is to leave everything I touch better than I found it. I surround myself with excellent people. I use excellent words. I read excellent books. I create excellent projects. I think excellent thoughts. I deserve the best and so do the people I serve.
Service: It has its origin in the Latin word ‘servitium’ – the act of serving – To be of use; to uplift those around us; to be helpful. I believe that the real purpose of life is to serve; and be useful and a productive member of the society. And for this ideal–I owe my parents the greatest debt of gratitude.
I am committed to contribute. Yes, I believe in making a profit. Yes I want to win. But above all else, I want to serve. It’s my obsession. And I make zero apologies for it. Ever.