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Now on SQLPASS, "Can Integrity Be Learned?"

Ok, I admit it.  I've done about as good a job publicizing my monthly professional development column, Plays Well With Others, as NBC did when the transitioned Jay Leno back to the Tonight Show.

So I'm going to try to better, henceforth and forever more!  Two entries ago, I talked about the The 8 Characteristics of Exceptional Leaders.  This month, I'm drilling into the characteristic on that list that generated the most controversy in emails and messages - "Absolute Integrity".  Many people took issue with the concept that integrity can be learned, instead believing that integrity is innate, like a sense of humor or a dancer's rhythm. 

What do you think?  Read the article here and weigh in with your opinion! (Be forewarned - the PASS website is free, but does require registration.  And I encourage you to do so since there are many other great resources there to take advantage of.)



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Published Wednesday, June 30, 2010 12:29 PM by KKline

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Kalen Delaney said:

Hi Kevin

One of my favorite SciFi authors has one of her characters say: "Integrity is like a disease... you have to catch it from someone". I think the desire for integrity is inborn in some/many people, but people can ignore it or cover it up due to expediency.. or the "situational ethics" you describe. But for people with a stronger inborn tendency, once they see someone act with absolute integrity, it can wake them up, or shake them up, or maybe even make them feel a bit guilty about the way they have acted in the past.  

July 1, 2010 11:27 AM

KKline said:

Great quote!  What was the author and story, Kalen?

July 5, 2010 10:57 PM

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Kevin Kline is a well-known database industry expert, author, and speaker. Kevin is a long-time Microsoft MVP and was one of the founders of PASS,

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