Curated Reads by the National Library, Singapore

Integrity forms the foundation of our core values and impacts every part of our lives. It shapes our decision-making processes and influences our behaviour whether we are at home, school, play or work.


Success will Come and Go, but Integrity is Forever


"Integrity . . . takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity. Profit in dollars or power is temporary, but profit in a network of people who trust you as a person of integrity is forever."


There are many real-life examples of people who take short cuts, misrepresent themselves or cover up their mistakes in order to gain fame, money and power. Unfortunately, success that is built on a foundation of falsehoods often have terrible consequences when the lies are exposed. Read this Forbes article on the importance of integrity.





Leading with GRIT: Inspiring Action and Accountability with Generosity, Respect, Integrity, and Truth
Call no.: 158.1 SUD

Draw inspiration from this practical book peppered with stories on how to empower yourself to make positive changes in your life and workplace. By applying the GRIT personal values framework- generosity, respect, integrity and truth- to business practices, you and your colleagues can become a happier and healthier workforce.

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Book cover image credit: All rights reserved, Wiley, 2015.



The Economics of Integrity: From Dairy Farmers to Toyota, How Wealth is Built on Trust and What that Means for our Future
Call no.: 330.16 BER-[BIZ]

Our daily transactions involve a great deal of trust, from making ATM cash withdrawals to buying products that impact our health and safety, such as milk and cars. Glean from this book the importance of integrity in building a strong economy for the nation.

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Book cover image credit: All rights reserved, HarperStudio, 2010.


How Airbnb Designs for Trust

Joe Gebbia, entrepreneur and co-founder of Airbnb, the online marketplace where users can find accommodation worldwide, shares his business philosophy. Gebbia reveals how the idea behind Airbnb was conceived and how a well-designed reputation system can break down the stranger-danger bias. The whole business concept behind Airbnb is based on trust, as users either welcome a stranger into their homes or stay at a stranger's house. Find out more from this TED talk.