Hello API Job Corps Centers:
Every season of our year at Job Corps is busy, and multiple priorities and unexpected crises frequently occur. But one thing must be at the forefront, every day.
Integrity is non-negotiable. Especially on a Job Corps Center. API and MTC know how essential it is that everybody is focused on doing the right thing. Our students cannot be subjected to less than our best. Staff with integrity chose to do the right thing rather than an easier option, especially when nobody is looking. According to the Power of Positivity (https://www.powerofpositivity.com.) there are 10 characteristics of people with integrity and five of them are particularly relevant to Job Corps. They are paraphrased below. People with integrity:
Take responsibility for their actions
When someone takes responsibility for their actions, you know they are an honest person. It is not always easy to take responsibility for things that happen, but it is the right thing to do. I have always said, “I can take good news or bad news, but I cannot take surprises.” People with integrity do not blame or try to hide mistakes. They ensure there are no surprises.
Think of others, not just themselves People with integrity focus on what is the best for everyone. They put the needs of the entire center and company above their own needs because they are interested in doing the right thing and they understand if the center or company fails, many more lives than theirs are impacted. They put the needs of the students first.
Help others in need Dr. Seth Meyers says “giving to others” is a great example of people who have integrity. People with true integrity offer their time to help people in need. They happily help those who are less fortunate than themselves. That is why so many of you, who have integrity, love Job Corps and continue to bring your expertise and superpower (your specific, unique and specialized skill) to the program.
Assume good intent Assuming positive intent is a constructive practice and illustrates integrity. It means you consciously choose to suppose that a person is operating at the best of their motives. It leads to trust and better communications.
Choose honesty in all things
Honesty is the best policy because the truth will always come out. Honest people are respected and trusted because they are known to stand by their truth. Trust is the foundation of teamwork and essential for the success of the center. Job Corps staff at all levels and our students are very savvy when it comes to trust. Choose honesty in all things and you will be trusted.
I wish you a healthy holiday season and hope you enjoy it in your own special way. Continue to be safe. You are so very needed and appreciated.