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Susan Peters

Susan Peters

Susan Peters is the vice president of executive development and the chief learning officer at GE.

Integrity is essential

Question: Despite suspension over honor code violations and an ongoing investigation into his recruitment, Auburn's Cam Newton last week won the Heisman Trophy--an award meant to honor "pursuit of excellence with integrity." The award raises a dilemma faced by many organizations: In dealing with top performers, how much should leaders overlook corner cutting, rule breaking and other integrity issues?

Encouraging risk-taking and creative thinking is one thing--this is how new solutions and opportunities are often uncovered. But turning a blind eye to rule breaking or corner cutting that compromises integrity is another. Today, more than ever, leaders are expected to set the standard. To be role models and to drive core values and integrity must come first, regardless of someone's performance. Integrity is essential for success; it's the foundation of any organization, its leaders and top performers.

By Susan Peters

 |  December 14, 2010; 5:32 PM ET
Category:  A leader's team , Accomplishing Goals , Corporate leadership , Ethics , Making mistakes , Wrong-Doing Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Cameron Newton failed to show up for an academic misconduct hearing effectively resigning from Florida. Nothing to do with a transcript. What is public record is the theft and evidence destruction charges. Looking the other way on a regular basis by coaches and institutions creates monsters. Why didn't he go to a top tier school or a Service Academy? He is simply too ignorant to recognize the value of a good education.

Posted by: rlmayville | December 17, 2010 11:20 AM
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Sorry Susan. It was presented as your post that Newton violated an honor code which he did not. That hasn't been reported. Thanks for your comments. Merry Christmas.

Posted by: stopbiggovt | December 15, 2010 10:53 PM
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Susan, integrity also embodies having all the facts correct.

Cam Newton was never suspended over honor code violations. Where did you dig that up?

His transcripts at University of Florida are not public record.

"Corner cutting" looks to be what you did in rushing to get this little column out by deadline.

Why does GE need a VP of executive development anyway? Maybe thats why GE products are overpriced. Too much overhead.

Posted by: stopbiggovt | December 15, 2010 12:25 PM
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