Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for menColossians 3:23 (ESV)
I still consider myself a relative newbie to the security industry. Yet two years in I often hear whispers from security professionals about a lack of integrity ravaging the industry. Complaints about a company stealing a customer account. Complaints about an employee losing customer trust. Call me naive but I have not yet personally witnessed or experienced the stereotypes presented. I know they are coming like any industry. That is because you have people that cut corners. They take shortcuts.
So it is refreshing…
When you meet someone like Nate it really gives you a great wind at your back. It helps to reinforce a positive mindset that our industry has great folks. I met Nate through my last two years in Alabama. He does not take shortcuts or cut corners. And like many security professionals, he is eaten up with the industry. He works for another competitor in the state. Go figure our companies have become resources together. We share thoughts and ideas along with what is working and not working. It is the way it should be.
So when I think of integrity, I think of Nate. His faith is first, his family is second, and his work is third. His faith points the course of his personal choices. His faith points the course of his family choices in what to do and where to go daily. His faith points the direction of his work effort. Out of this faith comes professional diligence to do the right thing each and every time. When seen it is an amazing thing to hear. The customer comes first without compromise. You know his boss and employees must see integrity exhibited daily and witness a high bar.
Tell someone who has it…
Consider assimilating integrity into your security job or business in this manner-
1- When we have jobs we cannot handle, desire or want we am going to find a company that can help the client. Our desire is to build relationships. If we do these types of things together it changes the narrative of “cutthroat tactics”.
2- When you or I see someone with integrity point it out. Celebrate it. Thank them for valuing their customers and doing business right.
If you are doing this keep it up. If not start slowly and build up to it. It takes time. Praise, praise, praise.
He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friendProverbs 22:11 (ESV)