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EmPOWERment Hub September Entry: Standards of Integrity

Author: Georgina Newell, Women+Power Board Member & Manager, Operations Compliance at TransAlta

At certain times in my 25-year career, I have often found it important to sit back and reflect.

  • Who am I?
  • Am I where I want to be in life?
  • Have I made a positive impact?
  • Am I doing what I love?
  • Do I work with people I admire?
  • Who is my inspiration?

Sometimes the answers to these questions are obvious and other times the answers remain unclear.

Recently, I found myself at a similar crossroads. I felt like I had lost sight of my personal core values and I needed to reset. This led me to the realization that I needed to re-ground myself in the things I find most important and that I couldn’t do it alone. To do this, I needed help from someone I trusted and more importantly, someone who wouldn’t pass judgement.

Fast forward, I decided I would engage my coach to help me on my journey. She took me through an exercise called the Standards of Integrity (Reference: #Maria Nemeth – #ACE Academy for Coaching Excellence). I identified 7 qualities that resonated with me and these have since become my standards of integrity or core values.

Upon realizing that I am all of the amazing qualities that I identified, I felt slightly choked up and experienced the ‘having your heart in your throat’ feeling. It ended up being one of the most impactful moments I experienced in a long time.

These are a few of my standards of integrity:
I am smart, funny, genuine…

Included below is the #Standards of Integrity exercise. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Standards of Integrity Exercise (10-15 minutes)

  1. Get a blank piece of paper.
  2. Draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side write down the names of 5-10 people you admire. This can be anyone real or fictional.
  4. On the right side write down the qualities you admire in each of them.
  5. Go through the list of qualities and circle the ones that warm your heart.
  6. The ones that warm your heart are your standards of integrity or core values.
  7. Write down your refined list and place it somewhere you can view it often.

Your card will look like this:

These are my standards of integrity:
I am quality 1, quality 2 …
I know they are mine because I see them in others.