Ethics-To-Go©

Those of us in business, or the professions, know how little time is actually devoted to the pursuit, understanding and practical application of ethical principles to our relationships and transactions. In fact, in the professions, mandatory continuing education allocates but the tiniest fraction of time in pursuit of educating members in sound ethical behavior. Yet it’s a strong ethical foundation that’s required in order to create, maintain and even repair healthy, successful, long-term relationships.

Ethics-To-Go© is based upon one sentence that helps you to easily recall and apply 7 Ethical Principles to everyday professional and personal interactions. The sentence is: How True Service Lastingly Creates Real Vitality

The key, or mnemonic, is that the first letter of each of the 7 words stands for one of the underlying 7 principles. H for Honoring, T for Trusting… etc.

It works like this:

1. Honoring is acknowledging and respecting both yourself and others.

2. Trusting is seeing the other in the most favorable light by allowing others the benefit of the doubt before we judge and, prematurely, react.

3. Suffering is understanding that it’s a “team sport” and that whenever harmony moves into disharmony, everyone suffers, even if they do it by different means.

4. Listening is being open to another’s spoken and unspoken words, actions, and needs.

5. Composting is taking the negative aspects of your experiences and providing them with adequate “light” or understanding in order to turn them into fertile soil, in which you can plant new seeds for the future of your relationships.

6. Releasing is knowing and accepting when growth (expansion) has ceased, and at that point being able to honor progress without perfection.

7. Valuing is the expression of gratitude for the good in your life and realistically assessing what it would cost in economic and non-economic terms to replace it.

Finally, the ultimate benefit to becoming familiar with the one sentence Ethics-To-Go© approach is this: It’s a simple way to remember the 7 Ethical Principles to apply to your relationships and it actually holds a deeper message about how to actually succeed at them.

True service, devoting your energies to the needs of something or someone outside of yourself, is the one certain and most expeditious path to achieving success, satisfaction and peace of mind in all your relationships.