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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (October 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047018566X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470185667
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Integrity Dividend is an exceptional work on a fundamental and oft-misunderstood subject in today’s global business environment."—Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times and Wall Street Journal #1 best selling author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

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Similarly, books with a research base seldom translate into advice that managers can use.
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Definitely highly recommend leaders to read this book, especially those who are leading any type of organizational change.
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Quite often I'll read a book that I think is very well done, with truths that resonate with me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Quite often I'll read a book that I think is very well done, with truths that resonate with me. But less often do I find that book at a time when it fits so well with current events. One such book is The Integrity Dividend: Leading by the Power of Your Word by Tony Simons. As we watch corporations and financial systems crumble under the weight of unethical and dishonest actions, Simons presents a truth that is too often neglected in the workplace. But even more, everything that you read here also applies to your personal life. I know I find myself falling woefully short in this area, and am convicted to change.

Contents:
Part 1 - What Is The Integrity Dividend?: The Dollar Value of Your Impeccable Word; Executive Sightings of the Integrity Dividend; Behavioral Integrity Drivers and Payoffs - Why Small Mistakes Can Have Big Costs
Part 2 - Managing Your Own Behavioral Integrity - Building Trust and Credibility: Promise Less, But Do It More Often; The Language of Living by Your Word - Confronting and Committing; Behavioral Integrity as a Personal Discipline
Part 3 - Behavioral Integrity and the Ripple Effect - Building and Sustaining a Leadership Culture of Integrity: Easing the Middle Manager's Dilemma; Creating a Culture of Accountability; Management Fashions and the Flavor-of-the-Month Club
Part 4 - Broader Applications and Summary: The Integrity Dividend and Outside Stakeholders; Capturing the Integrity Dividend
Notes; Acknowledgments and Dedication; About the Author; Index

In order to lead effectively, you have to have credibility. And in order to have credibility, you have to deliver on what you promise or say you will do, as well as behaving consistently with those words and promises.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bart Breen VINE VOICE on March 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Usually issues like integrity, honesty and ethical conduct are considered things that derive from personal standards and values. Almost every MBA program or advanced degree in business has the obligatory nod in this direction through the inclusion of some form of class on ethics. Through that medium is conveyed the obligatory case studies of Enron and other spectacular failures that testify to the high price paid when corporate greed and expediency rise above basic rules of ethical conduct.

Tony Simons approaches things from a more grass roots and practical direction however. Rather than the abstract appeal to doing right for its own sake that is usually the domain of religion and other moral institutionalize value systems, Simons very simply ties these issues to day to day management and the bottom line.

With very little fanfare and in an organized and scientific manner Simons prefaces the anecdotal presentations that are standard fare for a book of this nature with a study that demonstrates that within the Hotel Service industry there is a direct correlation between the perceived integrity of management and the profitability of a local hotel or chain. In other words, the "street knowledge" that good guys don't get ahead and it's the people willing to cut corners to get the job done who win out in the end, generally is not true and Simon's study statistically demonstrates that issues such as employee morale, vendor trust and customer satisfaction derive in part from a corporate environment that is based in part upon how well these different parties perceive the personal integrity and word of leadership.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Balin on February 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the most important leadership book I've kept within arm's reach in a long time. Integrity has been around for a while and it's often been included as part of a great leadership toolkit, but Tony Simons has brought it to the forefront, dedicating an entire body of work to it, making the development and application of integrity accessible to all of us in an easy-to-read book packed with practicality, proof and purpose.

This book brings together compelling and pragmatic evidence, anecdotes and advice in one place. The exercises at the end of each chapter are simple yet well thought-out, giving leaders and their teams something tangible to work with right away.

Tony Simons has taken the discipline of integrity, often considered an "add on" after the more basic business needs are met, and showed us that it is in fact the primary need to establish effective leadership and sound, sustainable results.

I have already recommended this book to a number of clients and associates. As a leadership coach and consultant, I continually come across situations in organizations where leaders and their teams struggle with the destructive effects of being out of integrity; this book is exactly what the doctor ordered. Instead of spending months, if not years, trying to uncover the importance and impact of integrity in the workplace, this book does much of the heavy-lifting, providing both the proof and the pudding.

I strongly recommend The Integrity Dividend to anyone who is responsible for leading others in any capacity. It will equip you with the permission, evidence and road-map to lead --and live--with greater integrity.
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