Here’s the problem. A recent Ethics Resource Center study revealed that 41% of the workforce has witnessed ethical misconduct and 40% believe they work for an organization with a weak ethical culture.
With more than 180 million people in the workplace in America today that means that over 72 million people witness a lack of Integrity when they go to work. Not only does this cause the American worker much stress, it also puts millions of jobs and businesses at risk.
It gets worse. Many people in business think Christians are just as bad, if not worse, than other leaders at doing the right thing in business. Christian leaders could be part of the solution, but according to Barna Group research only 14% of self-proclaimed Christians think and behave like Christians.
The solution for our unethical business world is for Christians to learn, model, and teach others to do business according to God’s Word. Integrity Resource Center has developed a comprehensive resource and training center to provide business and workplace leaders the training and resources they need to better understand God’s Word and practically apply it to their business dilemmas. We’ve seen God working nationally through other faith-focused workplace organizations, bu believe He is calling Integrity Resource Center to lead an Integrity Movement that will bring transformation and revival to our workplaces!
If you are ready to be part of this movement (or to be a bigger part)...here’s what you can do:
1. Sign our Integrity in the Workplace Covenant.
Known as the “FIRE” Covenant, when you sign this you are agreeing to honor God with Faith, Integrity, in your Relationships, and by working with Excellence.
2. Become an monthly Integrity Partner and commit to ongoing support for the work of IRC.
3. Join or start a small group using one of our two Small Group studies!
How has integrity—or the lack of—affected your workplace? How can you personally make a difference? Share below.
We’re excited to host Mark Whitacre for our Spring Luncheon in April. He’ll be sharing his story entitled, When Good Leaders Lose Their Way. This interview will give you a little background on Mark and his story. It was originally published on http://www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/ and you can read the interview in its entirety at http://www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/issues/2012-11/view_health-e-insights/an-interview-with-mark-whitacre/.
Mark Whitacre is an Ivy League PhD and the highest-ranked executive of any Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in U.S. history. He is responsible for uncovering the ADM price-fixing scandal in the early 1990s. He holds the position of chief operating officer and President of operations at Cypress Systems, Inc., Fresno, CA. His undercover work with the FBI during the ADM scandal was the inspiration for the major motion picture, The Informant, starring Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre. Drawing from his unique history, Mr. Whitacre provides one-of-a-kind insight into corporate ethics, corporate greed and the warning signs of a flawed corporate leadership.
Q: As the years have passed, any regrets about your whistle-blowing experience?
Mr. Whitacre: I have no regrets on blowing the whistle. I do regret making the mistakes that I made during my undercover tenure. My family paid dearly for those mistakes. I became a whistleblower and an informant because my wife, Ginger, insisted I come forward and report what I knew. Though she did not understand exactly how price fixing worked, she inherently knew it was very wrong. In November 1992, two decades ago, Ginger forced my hand. She decided firmly that she would tell the FBI what she knew, even if I couldn’t. She was the sole reason I opened up to the FBI—Ginger is the real whistleblower of this case, not I. It is amazing that my marriage not only survived, but actually thrived, especially with the divorce rate being 99% for people whom serve five years and longer in prison. My wife and I have been together since junior high school, and we have been married over 33 years. She is my greatest blessing. My second greatest blessing is Paul Willis of Cypress Systems who gave me a second chance back into the industry. Paul hired me the day after my prison release six years ago in 2006. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and I will never forget the chance he gave to me.
Q: Is there one message to the industry that you would want out there?
Mr. Whitacre: No one is above the law, no matter how successful, no matter how wealthy, and no matter how educated. At one time in my life, and at a very young age, I had the world within easy reach. But poor, unethical decision-making changed my life forever. My hope is to guard others from the same ill fate with my story. It is important to always do the right thing. Looking back, there was a green lamp that recorded the videotapes for the FBI (basically recordings of the illegal meetings that occurred with the price fixing). I always tell young people to live their lives like the green lamp is always with them. *
Register for the Spring Luncheon today and meet Mark in person!
*Read the entire interview originally published at http://www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/issues/2012-11/view_health-e-insights/an-interview-with-mark-whitacre/.
Like many leaders, you may have set a goal this year to networking more, study or read more, or to join an accountability group. We hear you—and that’s part of the reason we created our new Study Guide Starter Kits.
Our newly-redesigned and updated study provides the framework to start a networking group focused on putting God first at work. The brief chapters help facilitate great discussion, while still being deep enough to challenge. This study is the backbone of Rick’s ministry! If you haven’t gone through it yet, there’s no time like the present.
About 10 Biblical Principles for Business
The goal of this study is to provide insightful teaching to those in the marketplace who wish to conduct themselves and their business with utmost integrity based on biblical principles. As the leader and facilitator of the group, you have a tremendous opportunity to lead others into a deeper relationship with God as well as a deeper commitment to building their businesses on Biblical principles; and to experience this yourself.