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You don’t just walk into a room and gain credibility.

It takes time, consistency and sustained excellence.

You build credibility brick by brick, year by year, interaction by interaction.

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Legend has it that early in their careers, both Bruce Springsteen and Jerry Seinfeld had situations when they found themselves snowed in to a town when on tour.

Their fans couldn’t get to the venue and they couldn’t leave, so they each could have been excused for taking the night off and not performing.

But that wasn’t an option for them.

Despite only performing for the staff of the venue, they each gave it their best, tearing it up and performing as if they had a full house.

They each understood an important principle.

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Bobby Jones wins British Open in 1930

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Bobby Jones was one of the world’s first star athletes.  He was a part-time amateur golfer who regularly defeated the professionals despite spending most of his time working as a lawyer.

He retired from competitive golf at the tender age of 28 as the most successful amateur golfer in history, winning multiple majors after a dominant period in the 1920’s.

What’s this got to do with integrity?

There’s a great story of Bobby playing in the US Open in 1925.

He was in the final round and in contention to win the tournament when he hit the ball into the rough.

As he prepared to take his shot, his club moved the ball slightly. 

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This story has been accredited to Socrates, although the original source may have been someone else.  Either way it’s a great tale that gives us some helpful hints on how to better deal with those who gossip and how to stop ourselves from spreading rumours as well.

One day, a student came up to the great philosopher.  “Socrates, I have just heard some news about one of your friends.”  he excitedly exclaimed.

“Before you tell me this news, we need to make sure that it passes the triple filter test,” responded Socrates.

“What’s the triple filter test?” the man asked.

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I’ve touched on the importance of body language in the past (5 Simple Tips for Better Interviews) and want to expand on these thoughts in today’s post.

According to a recent survey of 2,500 hiring managers, poor body language can significantly impact your chances of being successful in an interview situation, so getting this right will increase your opportunity to be successful in finding your dream job.

Eight body language concerns were raised by the hiring managers in this survey.  Thankfully they are all easily solved if you are aware of them.

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According to a recent survey conducted by Galaxy Research, over one-third of Australian job seekers admit to significant lies at some stage of their job application process.

From exaggerating previous work experience, making up references and false qualifications the lies come thick and fast, making it difficult for recruiters to make the right decision when choosing the best candidate.

Whilst it may seem logical to do this, especially if it seems as though so many others are, is it really in you best interests to be dishonest in either your resume, job application letter or interview?

Here are a few reasons why it may not be such a great idea.

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After the death of Mother Teresa, on the wall of one of her children’s homes in Calcutta was found the Paradoxical Commandments.  These commandments were then traced back to Dr. Kent M. Keith who wrote them in 1968 when he was a College student at Harvard at the ripe old age of 19. 

They’ve been used in books by Stephen Covey, John C. Maxwell and Robert Schuller and have challenged and influenced the thinking of many people over the years.

What are the Paradoxical Commandments?

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northeast tower of Forbidden City in night light

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There was once an Emperor from China who had no children and needed to choose a successor.

Thousands of children from across the kingdom came to the palace and were surprised when the Emperor exclaimed that he was going to choose one of them.  He gave them all a seed.  They were to go home to their villages, plant the seed in a pot and tend it for a year.  When they return in a year, the Emperor would judge their efforts and choose his successor.

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