I wish to share with
you a charge given to me by the Former Rector of St. Agnes Anglican
Parish, New Providence (Nassau), The Bahamas, Archdeacon William Edward
Thompson at age twelve (12) during my confirmation to the Anglican faith.
I will admit, though
I’ve forgotten much of what I learned during confirmation classes,
this charge has remained at the fore especially when I served as a Human
Resources Administrator and Trainer, as a Lecturer, Mathematics and
Reading Tutor, Departmental Coordinator and now as a Vision Coach helping.
I know how difficult
it can be to serve as an Associate in any type workplace, in any industry
and sector. Sometimes the demands of the customer, leaderships’ emphasis
on profitability and productivity, the synergy amongst colleagues and
the communication between your level and upper management can create
opportunities that challenge the best of us.
Such situations can
cause an Associate to compromise, pass the buck, procrastinate, quit,
fail, resign or loose interest during those times when any form of error
may seem to be the best way forward. What do you use as your compass
as you stand before that questionable fork in the road?
For me, it has been
as it remains today, this charge that helps me answer the latter question.
So simple, yet profound
this charge, comprise of only twelve (12) words, three (3) sentences
long that reads as follows:
what is wrong,
what is true and,
This charge speaks to
‘Integrity’. What do you do when your integrity is at stake?
For some, such a charge is often easier said that done. Standing on
what you would know to be true and right, may call for one to stand
alone, be outcast, and scorned by the majority.
Such a charge is for
the confident Associate; those who believe that honesty is noble, that
truth is fair and sincerity is humility. This Associate’s beliefs
are demonstrated in what they do and say causing their judgment to be
sound, wholesome and unimpaired. This Associate who dares to give
no merit to what others may think, say and expect of them are deemed
brave, bold and at times radical and unruly. The Associates who walks
with integrity personifies confidence, responsibility, and reliability.
Feel free to use this
charge and whatever other barometer that you may have to quicken, guide,
encourage and to an extent provoke you to honour your values, protect
your character and uphold your credibility within your workplace, amongst
your colleagues and with your customers as you endeavor to renounce
what is wrong, believe what is true and do what is right.
to the memory of Archdeacon William Edward Thompson 1933 – 2000
Copyright @ 2011 Kaylus Horton
Kaylus Horton, Vision Coach
and Principal of Renaissance Group of Companies facilitates one-on-one
and group coaching sessions for vision, focus and direction in livelihoods
and lives. For more information about her coaching services visit
www.renaissancebahamas.com or send an E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org