In my profession, the adherence to professional ethics and personal integrity are everything. I am responsible for promoting and guarding the integrity of information systems that process vast numbers of financial transactions for many of the largest companies in the world. In that capacity I also promote the integrity of processes, procedures, documentation, and – most importantly – all of the people involved.
While promoting such activities and qualities in people, I am constantly on my guard to do the same. How can I expect people to have integrity if I have none myself?
Last week a colleague in my profession sent me a copy of a newsletter from the Institute of Internal Auditors on this topic. You can download a copy of the newsletter here (this is a PDF file):