Monday, May 28, 2012

Monumental CORE VALUES

The 12 Values:
1.  Honesty & Loyalty & Patriotism
2.  Reverence For God & Country & Citizens
3.  Hope & Faith
4.  Thrift & Stewardship
5.  Humility
6.  Charity
7.  Sincerity
8.  Moderation
9.  Hard Work
10.  Courage
11.    Personal Responsibility & Public Service
12.   Friendship & Service To Others

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The National Monument To Our CORE VALUES

THE Pilgrims founded our Commonwealth, each having a symbol referring to the Bible that "Faith" possesses; counter-clockwise from the east are Freedom, Morality, Law and Education. Each was carved from a solid block of granite, posed in the sitting position upon chairs with a high relief on either side of minor characteristics. Under "Liberty" stand "Tyranny Overthrown" and "Peace;" under "Morality" stand "Prophet" and "Evangelist;" under "Law" stand "Justice" and "Mercy;" and under "Education" are "Youth" and "Wisdom." On the face of the buttresses, beneath these figures are high reliefs in marble, representing scenes from Pilgrim history. Under "Freedom" is "Landing;" under "Morality" is "Embarcation;" under "Law" is "Treaty;" and under "Education" is "Compact." Upon the four faces of the main pedestal are large panels for records. The front panel is inscribed as follows: "National Monument to the Forefathers. Erected by a grateful people in remembrance of their labors, sacrifices and sufferings for the cause of civil and religious liberty." The right and left panels contain the names of those who came over in the Mayflower. The rear panel, which was not engraved until recently, contains a quote from Governor William Bradford's famous history, Of Plymouth Plantation:
"Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing and gives being to all things that are; and as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehovah have all praise."
 Located on Allerton Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the 81-foot-tall (25 m) monument was commissioned by the Pilgrim Society. The original concept dates to around 1820, with actual planning beginning in 1850. The cornerstone was laid August 2, 1859 by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts, under the direction of Grand Master John T. Heard. The monument was completed in October 1888, and was dedicated with appropriate ceremonies on August 1, 1889

CORE VALUES--The SOUL Of Who You Really Are

CORE VALUES are qualities that define your existence. They are the cornerstones around which life revolves. Values give a framework to your life. They give you things which you believe in and follow for the rest of your life. Values are important because they lend a modicum of meaning to your life and provide the guiding light to all of your activities. Indeed values are those intangible aspects of a person's personality, which although unseen, still continue to govern his actions and all that he does. And one of the core values, integrity, is prescribed to be one which you ought to follow for life.

Corporate Values and Personal Values

Corporate values and personal values are two things which can be different and similar at the same time. Corporate values are those values which the entire organization espouses. Often those values are forced upon the employees of the company by the owners, as they are the values of the owner and not necessarily those of the employee. But the need for corporate values is clear when you look at the bigger picture. If so many people with a different value system come together, wouldn't that lead to chaos? Hence at times, it is essential to have a standard value system for all.

Personal values are more close to a person's psyche because, well, they are his own. If values like integrity stem from within himself, then he will obviously be able to follow these values better than he would follow corporate values and integrity.

Achieving Integrity

Like I said before, core values are values which you ought to internalize and follow for the rest of your life, for they stand for what you believe in. Integrity, honesty, hard work, self-belief... the list could go on and on. But certainly, there are the values which are existence-defining and make you the person you are. Of course, you may choose the opposite, less cherished 'dark side' of dishonesty, cruelty and mannerliness, but then those aren't the right things to have.

What does integrity stand for? Integrity means keeping one's morality intact. A person who believes in being morally correct is said to have integrity.

So what does a person with integrity do? Is it about helping an old lady cross the road? Is it the voice of conscience which stops him before he picks up something that is not his? Is it about respecting his elders and taking care of those younger to him?

Well it is a mix of all these things. Integrity is being passionate about what you do. Integrity is being passionate about what you believe in. It is about being morally correct in all your endeavors. It is about following the rest of your core values and not wavering in doing so. It is about following what you believe in, which is morally correct.

Integrity, as you see is a very important value to possess in life. A man is judged a lot on his integrity to his family, his work and most of all, to himself.


Professional Integrity--CORE VALUES
In the succinct words of Professor Emeritus Malham M. Wakin, Brig Gen. USAF (Ret.),
U.S. Air Force Academy, “Professional integrity derives its substance from the
fundamental goals or mission of the profession.” The following are excerpts from his
treatise on Integrity titled “Professional Integrity” published in Airpower Journal -
Summer 1996.
We need an ordered society; we want to be treated fairly; we seek justice. We train
our judges and our lawyers in law schools supported by the community because of
the important value that we place on justice. Similarly, we know how crucial
education is to our society so we provide for the training of teachers; we know how
important security is to our nation-state so we provide military academies and
military training for the members of the military profession.
No member of the professions (doctors, lawyers, teachers…etc) can escape these ties
to the community since they constitute the very reason for the existence of the
professions. Thus, professional integrity begins with this necessary responsibility to
serve the fundamental need of the community. Notice that the community makes
possible the opportunity for one to become qualified in a given profession and
usually allows the professionals the authority themselves to set the standards of
competence and conduct of its members.
Members of the public professions are thus educated and supported by the society
because of the critical services the professions provide. In the case of teachers in
public institutions and in the case of the military profession, practitioners are
supported from the public coffers during their entire careers. Clearly, some of the
role specific obligations are based on this relationship and on the authority to act on
behalf of the entire society which is literally bestowed on these professionals. With
the authority to act goes the public trust and violations of that trust are serious
breaches of professional integrity.
Professional integrity derives its substance from the fundamental goals or mission of
the profession.
If our preprofessional preparation does not inculcate the habits of professional
integrity, can we have confidence that those habits will be practiced by these same
individuals when they become licensed professionals?
How are personal integrity and professional integrity related? There are varying
opinions about this. Some people believe that one can live up to high standards of
competence and conduct in one's professional role -- at the hospital, in the school, at
the military base -- but live an entirely different kind of moral life outside the
professional context in one's private life.
What I wish to argue is that since professions exist to serve society's need for
important values (education, health, justice, security, etc.), the means used to
provide those values and services should be morally decent means and the persons
in the professions who provide them should be morally decent persons.
Put in more direct terms, good teachers ought to be good persons, good doctors
ought to be good persons, good lawyers ought to be good persons and good military
professionals ought to be good persons. We want to live in a world where the duties
of a competent professional can be carried out by a good person with a clear and
confident conscience. That means that professional practices must always be
constrained by basic moral principles.
When professions go beyond their essential service function to society and distort
their purpose toward profits, power, or greed then they lose the trust and respect of
their communities -- they stop being professions. Do you do what you say you do?


Core values are made of a number of parts to make them whole. Each of the parts
contributes to the total package of core values yet no single part necessarily carries more
value than another. They should be valued equally in the make up of a person’s Core
Values. This author sees them as, 1. Responsibility, 2. Accountability, 3. Initiative, 4.
Honesty, 5. Courage, 6. Justice, 7. Selfrespect and Humility, 8. Generosity/Service .
• Responsibility: recognizing your duties and properly executing them.
• Accountability: recognizing and accepting responsibility for your actions and
words. Not shifting the blame to others.
• Initiative: being alert and aware of your surroundings and situation and taking
proper action when needed and appropriate to do so without being told to do it.
• Honesty: Being as good as your word. Telling the truth. Demonstrating integrity.
• Courage: moral and physical courage to do the right things even at significant
personal costs.
• Justice: being willing to always be fair and consistent in issuing awards as well as
• Self-respect and Humility: respect and appreciate your personal skills and gifts,
but never being personally boastful or prideful in word or action.
• Generosity/Service: demonstrating a personal level of generosity that when given
does not expect or ask for a return and being always willing to serve for the
betterment of many and not just for personal gain.
Personal Core Values are not necessarily the same as Business Core Values, event though
founded on many of the same guiding principles. An example of business/organizational
Core values is taken from:
html : Operating philosophies or principles that guide an organization's internal
conduct as well as its relationship with the external world. Core values are usually
summarized in the mission statement or in the statement of core values.

What CORE VALES Are Not:

What CORE VALUES Are Not--
Core values are NOT something you wear like a coat. They are not put on when publicly
shown and taken off in private. They are not put on for political purposes, only to be
taken off again when that political point is over. Core values are…the person. If they are
put on and taken off at will then they are false, and that individual’s integrity is
essentially non-existent.
If you doubt the previous statement, then ask yourself the following question: If
everything I do for money or perceived power were to suddenly have no monetary value
or income, what would I still be about? If you answered honestly, you would see that
your core values are all that would remain.
Take a look at what the U.S. Air Force Core Values statement says. It states quite clearly,
"Our Core Values, Integrity first, Service before self and Excellence in all we do, set the
common standard for conduct across the Air Force. These values inspire the trust which
provides the unbreakable bond that unifies the force. We must practice them ourselves
and expect no less from those with whom we serve." Your TRUE Integrity Is What You Do When No One Is Watching!~

The Integrity Of This Nation Is It's CORE VALUES

Core Values and The MONUMENT Of  Integrity

Core Values: What they are?
An individual’s core values should be an accurate reflection of who the individual is and
what this individual is about. Core values should be the very foundation that the
individual is built on. They are what drives the individual when all else seems to have
faltered. They are what the person is at his/her most basic and honest level.
In the words of author, speaker, consultant, Charles “Bill” Carpenter, “Core values are
governing principles that help you make sound, consistent decisions. You should
carefully identify costs versus benefits, as your core values can not be compromised.
When you start compromising any of your core values you will find it becomes easier to
disregard all of your values system.”
Author Kevin John says, “Having a clear understanding of your personal values is critical
to your success. Without this knowledge you won’t know what really matters to you,
what motivates you and why you are doing what you are doing. You’ll be in conflict with
what you really want and your life will be unfulfilled and stressful.
If you want to be successful you need to make sure your personal CORE values and your goals
in life are aligned. If they aren’t you will struggle to find motivation and sustain the
enthusiasm and energy you need to travel the road to success!” "If the eye IS single; then THE SOUL will be whole." Keep your conscience clear--Psalm 51!~