. . . The trend was clear - many of these senior executives found that in order to survive within the organization, an organization that kept changing as new more senior leaders were appointed, they had to be willing to alter their own behaviors, their own beliefs, and their own set of personal ethics.
It was not unusual at all to speak with many of them to find that they were now totally confused about who they really where anymore.
The impact of compromising their ethics, in some cases, was totally devastating. They had symptoms of lack of sleep from mental stress, agitated behavior, quick tempers, outbursts, and mounting levels of stress that started to affect their physical health.
The Greater Loss Measured
What at first may have appeared as a solution to their painful existence turned out to be more difficult. For many of these people, they could or would not commit to be true to their values, or ethics. The fear of the loss of their position was greater than their anguish.
To others, becoming reacquainted with what was once a very defined set of ethics was more a mystery than a mere return to what had been. For these people, they really had no idea what they were anymore, and were confused as to what they really wanted to be given their current environment.
Difficult Choices But Real
Commitment. It is a varied and unique definition for personal ethics and associated behaviors. The easiest path to staying true to what you believe in is not always the easiest path to be on. But, the only unbroken path is the one that always stays true to the deep, inner core of beliefs.
The really serious question to ask yourself, especially if you see yourself drifting off course, is this: can I live a life that is untrue to my core values?