How to lead with integrity during a career-ending crisis

08/20/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Bosses should consciously visualize things falling to pieces around them so they can mentally prepare themselves to act with integrity when hard times really do come, Steelcase CEO James P. Hackett says. Spend time imagining yourself on the brink of losing your job but still doing the right thing, Hackett advises. "Tell yourself right then, before you get there, that you can only do one thing. Practice that and it actually works because you’ve already conditioned yourself when the stakes are altered," he explains.

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