Stand or Sit

Most people have more than just a tendency to see things from their own perspective, which, for many of us, is largely determined by our corporate position. It's also true that where we stand from an integrity point of view will determine where we sit in the corporate hierarchy. Evidence is solid that the "good guys and girls" really do win, and that character is the foundation upon which all permanent success is built.

In his book, Corporate Bigamy, Mortimer Feinberg, after interviewing CEOs of the Fortune 500 Companies, learned that these executives felt one's career must be built upon honesty, character and integrity. They summed it up by saying that anyone who thinks they can go to the top and stay there, who is not honest, is dumb. The Center for Creative Research in Greensboro, North Carolina, maintains that once a person has betrayed a trust, he or she has established the ceiling as to how high they can go in the corporation they serve.

At the same time, where you sit in the corporate office plays a major role in where you will stand in the decision making process. For example, accounting and money management people think the company always invests too much in their marketing efforts, but sales and marketing people feel the company never invests enough. If both "sides" are on the company's "side," and are made up of people of integrity and "gumption," as my grandmother would say, they will understand that each "side" has some valid points which they recognize as a stabilizing factor that will make the team (company) a success.

The conservatism of financial people, blended with the optimism of sales and marketing people, will make for a better, more balanced team, and a balanced team has the best chance of winning. That means that regardless of where you sit in the corporate office, if you consider the other person's point of view, you will stand tall in the eyes of those around you. Work with them and I'll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator. He authored 33 books and produced numerous life-changing programs. He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.