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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on excellence, reputation, and risk

High personal standards aren't enough for organizational excellence. You've got to be intolerant of low standards in others. . . . If you accommodate questionable practices in others who touch your organization, you risk soiling its reputation. Anybody whose hands aren't clean can get the place dirty.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on justice, people, and simplicity

When you can make it this simple, though, just do the right thing. Even if you could get away with less. Even when other people are doing the wrong thing. Even though the wrong thing seems like no big deal.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on compromise, ethics, and trust

How can we be trusted with big things if we're not trustworthy with things that are small? Don't allow your finer instincts to become a casualty of the little everyday crimes of ethical compromise.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on ethics, excellence, future, perspective, reputation, and risk

The ethics of excellence require a sense of perspective. Look at the big picture. If you live for the moment, do you mortgage the future? What happens if you put your reputation at risk . . . and lose the bet?

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on honesty and mistakes

Everybody makes honest mistakes, but there's no such thing as an honest cover-up.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on clarity, mistakes, people, problems, and trouble

Give people, including yourself, clear permission to make mistakes . . . and to fix the problems. Since nobody's perfect, mistakes should be allowed. Cover-ups shouldn't. Cover-ups create twice the trouble.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on challenge, choice, ethics, good, imperfection, life, names, pain, problems, struggle, trying, work, and world

We all faced painful ethical challenges before we even knew how to spell our names. There were tough choices. Tradeoffs. Confusing signals regarding how to live one's life. And here we are now, today, still struggling. Still trying to sort things out. Still trying to work our way through life effectively. About the only thing that has changed is the scope of the problem. There's more at stake now. And we're in a position, as grownups, to do a lot more-good or bad-for ourselves, our organization, our world. But we still must wrestle with our imperfect ethics.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on character, choice, conscience, and exercise

You carve out the organization's character through your daily choices. You shape its conscience as you exercise your own.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on conflict, conscience, ethics, heart, interest, listening, mind, and selfishness

Pay attention to the voice within. . . . Sometimes the voice of your conscience gets drowned out by crowd noise or by the pep rally of temptations. And your mind may put some selfish spin on the ball, rationalizing that it's okay to veer away from the ethical route. When we run into conflicts between ethical "shoulds" and our selfish "wants," we all argure out ways to con our conscience. But take pains to listen, because it has your best interests at heart.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on decisions, dignity, ethics, excellence, pride, respect, self-respect, and vanity

Live according to the ethics of excellence, and you can always stand proud. Pride - not vanity, but dignity and self-respect - should carry a lot of weight in helping you make decisions. Let pride help you decide.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

Contributed by: Zaady

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