Ethical Edge

By Russell Williams

Ethical Edge

The Art of Integrity: Paying it forward

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past,
but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw

Here I am in the Starting Gate of the 4th year of the Ethical Edge weekly column.

Last July I envisioned the thematic storyline of the 2013 weekly column: THE ART OF INTEGRITY.  I got a hunch about the column’s direction as I thought about you, my Reader. Over the past three years, I have received many comments about the exploration of storytelling to communicate life wisdom.

I began to think about my readers as a significant and inspiring resource of wisdom…professionals who have been shaped by a common, purposeful understanding and knowing that every one of us has experienced positive, compelling life guidance from individuals whose life energy touched us with information to shape our pursuit of the art of integrity…a pursuit whose overriding purpose is to take on the responsibility and challenge to shape influence for good at home, at work and in the community.

Since 2009, I have met many incredible individuals who carry the intentionality of the Art of Integrity DNA.  These life Artisans are explorers of the Good.   They value the mentorship of others just as much as they appreciate being a mentor to another. The Art of Integrity artisans appear in all walks of professional life, but they are not singularly identified by their significant achievements.  Rather, they journey with humility…learning what it takes to stay on the all-important Trust Track.  They look for guidance and insight from others. They constantly seek new venues as a Pay It Forward messenger.

So beginning next week and moving throughout 2013, the Ethical Edge will present a guest storyteller of The Art of Integrity.  Each columnist will recall the Who, When, Where, What that occurred in their adult life when a person provided a significant message of influence that helped to shape the art of integrity inquiry in their life journey.

Each columnist will use a few hundred words to not simply remember… but to call forth wisdom into Now…the freshly emerging teen years of the 21st century.

I am deeply confident that our weekly Ethical Edge guest columnists will accomplish a variety of outcomes with our audience….inspiring, encouraging, reminding, challenging, and most importantly, assisting each of us to use our personal and professional life as a playground of exploration for the Art of Integrity.

So, tune in weekly!  If you are compelled to do so, help expand the readership on the Ethical Edge by using your preferred social media tools to get the message out to a world to be influenced with The Art of Integrity.

Best and Blessings!
Russell T. Williams

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