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Do you hold to your standards 100% of the time?

In this compelling interview, Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen discusses his recent book, “How Will You Measure Your Life.”  In sharing a thought-provoking story of one of his own life choices, Christensen talks about the importance of holding to your standards 100% of the time.  In fact, he says “It’s easier to keep to your standards 100% of the time than it is 98% of the time.”  

Christensen discusses whether ethics can be “taught,” how bending your standards “just once” can lead to a slippery slope, and how being disciplined enough to maintain high standards can lead to the most ethical decisions – and those that are best for the organization.  

In listening to the interview, I was struck by how closely Quinlan’s High-Impact Leadership program is aligned with these same themes: sound judgment and decision-making; how ideas of fairness, justice, and ethical decision making impact the bottom line as well as employee productivity; and, how we as individuals can increase our skills in improving the decisions we make on a daily basis.  

I highly recommend watching the interview.  I found it to be stimulating and have added the book to my reading list.  Has anyone out there read the book?  Do you agree with his premise?  Is it easier – or preferable or even possible – to stick to your standards 100% of the time?

  • By Ray Benton on 10.30.2012 at 12:34 pm

    The interview link doesn’t seem to work.

  • By Mario Polizzi on 11.9.2012 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Ray, please try the link again. I believe the servers were down during the power outage after Hurricane Sandy. The link should work now.

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