Do what you said you would do, when you said you would do it. That’s integrity. Accept that not everyone else will do the same.
If you’re like me, words matter. For me it’s because I define integrity as “doing what you said you would do, when you said you would do it”. I still value that, but I no longer assume everyone has integrity.
In the early days of being recruited into professional sports, many things are said. Everything that is said at the recruitment stage is strategically chosen to encourage membership and applications to work. Those same words aren’t always followed through. When organisations are large, these words are followed through even less since they are often uttered by someone senior, delegated to someone subordinate, further delegated. Follow up can be missed until it’s too late. It can be a source of frustration early in your career. So you can choose to be one of those who CANNOT OR DO NOT follow up on what you said you would do, or you CAN DO AND WILL DO what you said you would do – that is called standing up. When you simply do that, stand up, you stand out.
In my experience, standing up is the new standing out.
Standing up to do the minimum, in this day, is enough to make you stand out. It’s not an accolade that’s popular but it takes the least amount of effort to simply do the minimum. The reason one stands out is that few people will do just that. Here are specific examples: