Integrity – Jacks Values #1

(Originally written, November 1994)

Value #1 – “Trustworthy with integrity” – “We will be reliable, dependable, and can be counted on to keep promises. We will do what we say we will do within the promised time frame.”

This is the first of 10 values that we at Jacks Service seek to follow professionally and personally. In the unstable marketplace of the 90’s, the quarterly income statement, the common place Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the lack of any continuity in key managerial or decision maker positions, and the consolidation and acquisition craze, have caused some to place expediency above principle. Many seem to not know or care about the commitments of yesterday, nor do they care about the effects on tomorrow. They are only concerned about the bottom line of today.

Most Americans no longer trust the institutions of yesterday. The church, the government, and even the institution of marriage have lost the influence that they had just thirty years ago. Today we no longer consider our political, social, or religious leaders as reliable. Yet how often do we take shortcuts to gain popularity, power, pleasures, or possessions? The one thing that we can count on today is that we can’t count on anything. Dependability is a rare commodity.

As a businessman, integrity means that I pay my suppliers promptly, do what I have committed to do for my customers, I treat my employees fairly and consistently, I repay my banker on schedule, and pay taxes honestly. As a husband, I must honor my wife in both the good and bad times. As a father, I must show my children that I will practice what I preach. The Bible encourages us with the story of Daniel who remained unchangeable for seventy years in the politics of a pagan land. Yet, David, who was a “man after God’s own heart”, was broken by deceit, adultery, and murder. Peter was not dependable in Christ’s hour of crisis, yet changed to be the “rock” of the early church. Only one person is perfect in integrity – “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever”. He alone remains our model and only He can give us the power to put this value into our everyday lives.

Striving for Integrity,

Kent

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

One Response to Integrity – Jacks Values #1

  1. Dennis Repko says:

    Dynamite on Integrity Kent,   thanks, “Jack’s Services” ? help me again, was this something your dad had as a list of operational values, sorry if I missed that.   Denny

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