Plain and Simple
Content taken from “Character First”www.characterfirst.com & www.characterfirst.co.za         Used with permission © 2010
What is CharacterIt is a combination of traits andqualities that distinguishes oneperson (me) or a group (us) fromanother
What is CharacterMy Identity          Personality   QualitiesMy Manner                          CHARACTER          Behavio...
Skills versus Character   “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination”                  Nelson Mande...
Character  What is good   Character?   My inward motivation to do  what is rightIs beyond age, position,financial status, ...
CharacterTest for a good Character    My response to the    pressure of difficult         situationsIs what I do when I th...
Character      How is Character      developed?      Is built into my life by the         decisions I made on a      momen...
CharacterWhat is good What is good                                                 How is Character                       ...
CharacterCharacter First identifies 49 Character qualitiesHandoutExplain each Character quality
Character QualitiesAlertness                      Attentiveness• To pay close attention to    • To pay close attention to ...
Character QualitiesAvailability                   Benevolence• Not being busy when others   • To be kind or generous to  n...
Character QualitiesBoldness                          Cautiousness• To have the courage (or         • To think carefully be...
Character QualitiesCompassion                     Contentment• To understand the needs of   • To experience satisfaction  ...
Character QualitiesCreativity                       Decisiveness• To use my imagination to       • The ability to make  di...
Character QualitiesDeference                  Dependability• To show respect to the   • People are able to trust me  peopl...
Character QualitiesDetermination                  Diligence• The strong desire to do or   • To complete each task given  a...
Character QualitiesDiscernment                    Discretion• To understand the deeper     • To know how to avoid   reason...
Character QualitiesEndurance                      Enthusiasm• To have the strength to do   • A feeling of joy or  my best ...
Character QualitiesFaith                            Flexibility• To believe that good actions   • To be willing to change ...
Character QualitiesForgiveness                  Generosity• To excuse a mistake that   • Be able to manage my own  someone...
Character QualitiesGentleness                    Gratefulness• To be kind towards others   • To let others know how I  and...
Character QualitiesHonour                          Hospitality• To show respect to those in   • To share with others in a ...
Character QualitiesHumility                       Initiative• To admit that my successes   • To do something before  come ...
Character QualitiesJoyfulness                       Justice• To have a positive and         • To take the responsibility t...
Character QualitiesLoyalty                   Meekness• To devote myself to a   • To show patience and  person or a cause  ...
Character QualitiesObedience                        Orderliness• To be willing to comply with   • To organize myself and m...
Character QualitiesPatience                        Persuasiveness• Calmly tolerating and         • Convincing others to ta...
Character QualitiesPunctuality                      Resourcefulness• To do the right thing at the   • To find practical us...
Character QualitiesResponsibility                   Security• Knowing and doing what is      • Securing belongings that  e...
Character QualitiesSelf-Control                 Sensitivity• To control my emotions,    • To be aware of, and   behaviours...
Character QualitiesSincerity                       Thoroughness• To be open, genuine and       • To give close attention t...
Character QualitiesThriftiness                      Tolerance• Allowing myself and others     • Willingness to recognize  ...
Character QualitiesTruthfulness                   Virtue• To be open and honest with   • To do what is right and   others ...
Character QualitiesWisdom• To have a deeper  understanding of people or  situations - think and act  using knowledge,  exp...
Character Qualities                               Alertness,Attentiveness, Avail ity, abil                               B...
Which fruits should be on my tree?
My visible fruits                                 Poor Attendance         Low Productivity                 Alcoholism/Drug...
My visible fruits                                 Good Attendance         High Productivity                   No Substance...
Character               Develops a moral Building       compass for behaviourCharacter      Creates a good attitude     ...
Character             By building characterBenefits of   in my live, I canCharacter     reach my full              potent...
Character                 Be committed to Character  How to                 Be an example of establish a                ...
“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost;when character is lost, all is lost “Motto  ...
Like the brilliance of a  diamond, success in everyarea of my life will be improved as I develop the qualities of         ...
Alertnes s ,Attentivenes s , Availability,Live          Benevolence, Boldnes s , Cattious nes s ,              Compas s io...
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  1. 1. Plain and Simple
  2. 2. Content taken from “Character First”www.characterfirst.com & www.characterfirst.co.za Used with permission © 2010
  3. 3. What is CharacterIt is a combination of traits andqualities that distinguishes oneperson (me) or a group (us) fromanother
  4. 4. What is CharacterMy Identity Personality QualitiesMy Manner CHARACTER Behaviour Traits
  5. 5. Skills versus Character “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination” Nelson MandelaSkills = what I learn and improve by practice (good head)Character = what I develop through moment- by-moment decisions I make (good heart)
  6. 6. Character What is good Character? My inward motivation to do what is rightIs beyond age, position,financial status, religion, education, gender and personalityIt comes from the heart 6
  7. 7. CharacterTest for a good Character My response to the pressure of difficult situationsIs what I do when I think no one will ever know It dictates right attitudes,words and actions in every situation 7
  8. 8. Character How is Character developed? Is built into my life by the decisions I made on a moment-by-moment basis Is encouraged by emphasizing, requiring and recognizing right attitudes, words and actions Is modeled by leadership 8
  9. 9. CharacterWhat is good What is good How is Character Test for a good Character Character? Character? developed? My inward My inward My response to the Is built into my life by themotivation toto domotivation do pressure of difficult decisions I made on a what isis right what right situations moment-by-moment basisIs beyond age, position, Is beyond age, position, Is encouraged byfinancial status, religion,financial status, religion, Is what I do when I think emphasizing, requiring andeducation, gender and education, gender and recognizing right attitudes, personality personality no one will ever know words and actionsIt dictates the right It dictates right attitudes, It comes from theattitudes, words, and Is modeled by actions in every words and actions in every heart leadership situation situation 9
  10. 10. CharacterCharacter First identifies 49 Character qualitiesHandoutExplain each Character quality
  11. 11. Character QualitiesAlertness Attentiveness• To pay close attention to • To pay close attention to a what’s happening in my specific task or person surroundings so that I am ready to respond
  12. 12. Character QualitiesAvailability Benevolence• Not being busy when others • To be kind or generous to need me others - wish to help others
  13. 13. Character QualitiesBoldness Cautiousness• To have the courage (or • To think carefully before being willing) to participate taking action in tasks that involve risks
  14. 14. Character QualitiesCompassion Contentment• To understand the needs of • To experience satisfaction others and wanting to do with oneself and with one’s something about it situation - being happy with things as they are
  15. 15. Character QualitiesCreativity Decisiveness• To use my imagination to • The ability to make discover a new idea or solve decisions and take action a problem in a unique way - to think ‘outside the box’
  16. 16. Character QualitiesDeference Dependability• To show respect to the • People are able to trust me people around me because I will deliver what I promised - being reliable
  17. 17. Character QualitiesDetermination Diligence• The strong desire to do or • To complete each task given achieve something - to me - constant effort to strongly motivated to accomplish every task given succeed despite opposition to me
  18. 18. Character QualitiesDiscernment Discretion• To understand the deeper • To know how to avoid reasons why things happen embarrassment or harmful - showing insight and consequences - make good understanding or responsible decisions
  19. 19. Character QualitiesEndurance Enthusiasm• To have the strength to do • A feeling of joy or my best excitement that I show in the tasks I need to perform
  20. 20. Character QualitiesFaith Flexibility• To believe that good actions • To be willing to change my will lead to good results, plans or ideas without and that this belief is not getting upset based on any proof
  21. 21. Character QualitiesForgiveness Generosity• To excuse a mistake that • Be able to manage my own someone has made against resources (e.g. time, me and not holding a money) so that I can give grudge and share some of my resources to those in need
  22. 22. Character QualitiesGentleness Gratefulness• To be kind towards others • To let others know how I and showing consideration appreciate their help in for them - not being making my life or work a extremely harsh or stern little easier - letting others with others know that you are thankful for their help
  23. 23. Character QualitiesHonour Hospitality• To show respect to those in • To share with others in a a higher position than me friendly and generous way
  24. 24. Character QualitiesHumility Initiative• To admit that my successes • To do something before come from the help of someone asks me to do it others
  25. 25. Character QualitiesJoyfulness Justice• To have a positive and • To take the responsibility to friendly attitude even when do and to uphold what is performing unpleasant right tasks
  26. 26. Character QualitiesLoyalty Meekness• To devote myself to a • To show patience and person or a cause obedience
  27. 27. Character QualitiesObedience Orderliness• To be willing to comply with • To organize myself and my the commands or surroundings so that I can instructions of those in carry out a task to the best authority of my ability
  28. 28. Character QualitiesPatience Persuasiveness• Calmly tolerating and • Convincing others to take accepting a difficult on a certain idea or action situation - not being hasty or impulsive
  29. 29. Character QualitiesPunctuality Resourcefulness• To do the right thing at the • To find practical uses for right time - complete a ideas that were previously required task before or at a overlooked specific time
  30. 30. Character QualitiesResponsibility Security• Knowing and doing what is • Securing belongings that expected of me - being cannot be taken away from willing to fulfill my duties me
  31. 31. Character QualitiesSelf-Control Sensitivity• To control my emotions, • To be aware of, and behaviours and desires. understand the attitudes, feelings and circumstances of others
  32. 32. Character QualitiesSincerity Thoroughness• To be open, genuine and • To give close attention to truthful to the people details of a task during around me - willingness to performance so that I can do what is right with no carry out the work in the hidden motives most effective way
  33. 33. Character QualitiesThriftiness Tolerance• Allowing myself and others • Willingness to recognize to spend only what is and respect the rights and necessary - being careful in beliefs of others the amount of resources I spend
  34. 34. Character QualitiesTruthfulness Virtue• To be open and honest with • To do what is right and others by reporting the avoiding what is wrong right facts
  35. 35. Character QualitiesWisdom• To have a deeper understanding of people or situations - think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight
  36. 36. Character Qualities Alertness,Attentiveness, Avail ity, abil Benevolence, Bold ness, C attiousness, C om passion, C ontentm ent, C reativity, D ecisiveness, D epend abil ity, D eterm ination, D iligence, D iscernm ent, D iscretion, End urance, Enthusiasm , Faith, Flexibility, Forgiveness, Generosity, Gentleness, Grateful ness, Honour, Hospitality, Hum ility, Initiative, J oyful ness,C oca-C ola Sabco Jusitice, Loyalty, M eekness, O bed ience, O rd erliness, Patience, Persuasiveness, Punctuality, Resourceful ness, Responsibility, Security, Sel ontrol f-C , Sensitivity, Sincerity, Thoroughness, Thriftness, Tolerance, Truthful ness, Virtue, Wisd om 36
  37. 37. Which fruits should be on my tree?
  38. 38. My visible fruits Poor Attendance Low Productivity Alcoholism/Drug Abuse Disorganization Own Agenda Poor Quality Blaming Others More Accidents Anger/Bitterness Corrupt More Problems Rigid Impatience Dissatisfaction Lateness Cruelty Blame Unreliability Self-indulgence Dishonesty Carelessness IrresponsibilityMy root causes
  39. 39. My visible fruits Good Attendance High Productivity No Substance Abuses Organized Team Player High Quality Personal Responsibility Fewer Accidents Bears no grudges Trustworthy Fewer Problems Flexibility Patience Satisfaction Punctuality Kindness Forgiveness Dependability Self-control Truthfulness Alertness ResponsibilityMy root causes
  40. 40. Character  Develops a moral Building compass for behaviourCharacter  Creates a good attitude  Defines a person’s response  Influence others for good  Provides a basis for future leadership  Builds a foundation for success in life
  41. 41. Character  By building characterBenefits of in my live, I canCharacter reach my full potential  Makes me not only a better employee but also a better spouse, parent, neighbour and citizen
  42. 42. Character  Be committed to Character How to  Be an example of establish a Character Character  Communicate thebased culture standard (49 character qualities)  Be committed to Character training  Base all employment decisions to Character  Understand and correct wrong attitudes
  43. 43. “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost;when character is lost, all is lost “Motto "Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if youmust be without one, be without the strategy "Norman Schwarzkopf
  44. 44. Like the brilliance of a diamond, success in everyarea of my life will be improved as I develop the qualities of my character
  45. 45. Alertnes s ,Attentivenes s , Availability,Live Benevolence, Boldnes s , Cattious nes s , Compas s ion, Contentment, Creativity,on Decis ivenes s , Dependability, Determination, Diligence, Dis cernment, Dis cretion, Endurance, Enthus ias m, F aith,the F lexibility, F orgivenes s , Generos ity, Gentlenes s , Gratefulnes s , Honour, Hos pitality, Humility, Initiative,Character Joyfulnes s , Jus itice, Loyalty, Meeknes s , Obedience, Orderlines s , Patience,First Pers uas ivenes s , Punctuality, Res ourcefulnes s , Res pons ibility, S ecurity, S elf-Control, S ens itivity, S incerity,side Thoroughnes s , Thriftnes s , Tolerance, Truthfulnes s , Virtue, Wis domoflife
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