The Second Aspirational Honesty Standard in the PMI Code of Ethics

Posted on February 22, 2010 by

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Happy birthday to George Washington! One of the most enduring folklore stories about the first President of the United States is that as a boy he chopped down his father’s cherry tree, and when his father discovered the ruined tree, George said that he could not tell a lie and so confessed his misdeed.

“5.2.2 We are truthful in our communications and in our conduct” is the second aspirational Honesty standard from the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and a fitting standard to discuss on Washington’s birthday.

This standard is relatively straightforward. We communicate and behave in an honest manner. We are to avoid not only telling outright lies, but also the intent to deceive and lies of omission. Recently people have told me of some of the lies that an organization’s leaders have been telling the employees in order to make the company look good. The leaders quickly lost the respect and trust of their employees. However, as people act in a truthful manner, people can grow to trust them rather than have doubts and suspicions.

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