Having scruples, or being scrupulous, means sometimes having doubts about doing something because it might not be right, because it might go against your principles. We all have an inner voice telling us when something we are considering isn't right. We might not always listen to it, but it is always there. As a manager, one of the best things you can do is to listen to your inner voice. If something isn't right, if your scruples kick in, if your inner voice tells you not to do it - listen. There is a reason for it.
Do you want your fifteen minutes of fame because of something you did well or are you willing to settle for fifteen minutes of infamy for having lied, cheated, or stolen?
The Voice Inside YouSure, it can be tempting to take the easy way out, to tell a small lie because no one will be able to prove you lied, to claim credit for someone else's work because they work for you. Yet you will always know that is the wrong choice. Your inner voice will tell you.
Some people are better at ignoring their inner voice than others. They think they can talk loud enough, live fast enough, that they can drown out their inner voice. They can't. It's always there. So is yours.
The UpsideWhen you have scruples, when you listen to your inner voice, life is easier.
- You never have to remember your story
If you always tell the truth, you don't have to worry about what you told who.
- You are more effective
When you know you are doing the right thing, it is easier for you to get behind it and push to make it a success.
- You sleep better
When your inner voice isn't nagging you, you sleep more soundly. You aren't fighting with yourself.
The DownsideIf you decide to ignore your inner voice, there will be consequences. They may not be obvious or immediate, but they will come.
- You will be found out
Regardless of how clever you are, or how practiced a liar you become, you will slip up. Someone will catch you in your lie.
- You will be less effective
You will spend so much time and energy covering your tracks that you will get less done.
- You won't like yourself very much
Even if no one else knows, you will know.