It’s time for each of us to understand the connection between integrity and integration.
Dose #92 of Sanity
When I was in Denver, I met with many wonderful people, including Jeff Power, who generously shares his story in my book. It was the first time we met in the flesh although I felt super connected to him after our first meeting on a Google Hangout with Tim a few years ago.
Jeff launched Pangeo Coffee & Tea as the socially-fanatical company that created the Village Partnership model. As coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, and others pour Pangeo, Jeff and his team connect each of them with “their own” village in Africa, the Middle East, or Asia. Pangeo invests a high percentage of its profits into the transformation of those villages, while supplying monthly pictures and updates from their village about the village’s progress out of poverty. A true coffee geek, Jeff believes we should love people well, and the rest will take care of itself. One essential tip he has for social entrepreneurs is to start with the heart and learn to listen to yourself. He also believes life is too short for bad coffee.
Spending time with Jeff was magical. It flew by after exploring many fascinating topics. When we talked about how our world needs more integrated people, Jeff reminded me about the connection between integrity and integration. The root of integrity is wholeness and completeness with qualities like honesty and consistency of character.
I often wonder why so many of us are not great at integration. We have been conditioned to be fantastic moving from transaction to transaction ticking off a long to-do list. But integration is a whole other area that needs our focus as it is one of the seven signposts for the 21st century leader to focus on and bring to business.To integrate is to combine, form, or blend into a functioning, unified, rational whole. You integrate when you make a person or a group part of a larger group or organization. Integration happens when you end separation and bring people into membership of an organization or society. The word integration originates from the mid-17th century Latin integrat- ‘made whole.’ The antonym of integration is separation or segregation.
Once we understand why it’s important for us to become whole as individuals and organizations on our journey, and why it is key for business, we can then focus on integration as the linchpin of building thriving organizations. Integration is at the heart of 21st century leadership.
Maybe it is simply an issue of a mindset shift around our own integrity?
Welcome to 2017 where we have 365 days to play, create and connect.