The 6 Word Test

6 Apr

Integrity is one of the essential ingredients necessary to exemplary managing and leading. But how do we manage our integrity on a day-to-day basis?  The use of self-questions that force us to pause and consider our actions can be of immense value.

The Say/Do Ratio is one self-test tool:

Do I do what I say I will do, when I say I will do it?

–      If something changes do I inform people asap?

This is a powerful tool and we know that employees are sensitive to this behavior.  Doing this well is trust building.

Having lunch with a colleague last week I learned of another powerful self-test tool he and a valued co-worker have been using for many years in an organization with a fine reputation for integrity – The 6 Word Test.

What good will come from it?

Both the 6 Word Rule and the say/do ratio are excellent self-tests, however The 6 Word Rule can also be used publicly.  It is easy to see how posing this question in a meeting would re-focus the group on what is important and in the best interests of the organization.

Do you run these or similar self-assessments to guide your ethical behavior?

Food for thought.

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One Response to “The 6 Word Test”

  1. Steve McDowell April 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    Credibility is the most critical measure of a manager. If we do not apply these ideas as tests against ourselves, we have to know that the people we work with apply these against our actions all the time. Its like a little meter each of us wears around.

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