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Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Students learn about integrity at workshop

MORALLY CORRECT: Celebrity Psychologist and Integrity Leadership Expert, Charissa Bloomberg (centre), and Events Management lecturers recently facilitated a Youth Integrity Workshop for students at the Cape Town Hotel School MORALLY CORRECT: Celebrity Psychologist and Integrity Leadership Expert, Charissa Bloomberg (centre), and Events Management lecturers recently facilitated a Youth Integrity Workshop for students at the Cape Town Hotel School

Integrity is embedded in the graduate attributes of the National Diploma in Events Management and forms the basis of good business practice among youth entering the tourism sector.

This is according to Event Management senior lecturer, Esti Venske, who spearheaded the Integrity Workshop with Crystal Kasselman from Centeq Events, and Celebrity Psychologist and Integrity Leadership Expert, Charissa Bloomberg.

Bloomberg and Kasselman officially launched the Integrity Lapse Event endorsed by Stellenbosch University’s Prof Thuli Madonsela in November 2018.

Third-year students recently participated in a Business Events Integrity Day at the Cape Town Hotel School. They were proud to become the first cohort of youth in South Africa to participate in the national Integrity Forum as part of their industry engagement education, said Venske. 

“Integrity is doing the right thing all the time, even if no one else is watching or there is no prospect of a reward. In other words, integrity is doing what you believe to be right, at all costs,” Bloomberg told the students during the workshop.

“People with integrity are guided by a set of core principles that empower them to behave consistently to high standards.”

The accredited Emotional Intelligence facilitator added that the core values of integrity are compassion, dependability, generosity, honesty, kindness and loyalty. People living with integrity follow moral and ethical ways in everything they do as well as perform actions that do not demean themselves or others.

She defined Business Practice Integrity as how an organisation goes about its business. This has to do with whether it treat its employees with dignity and respect, does it treat its customers fairly or whether it pays its suppliers on time?

“A reputation takes years to build, but can be lost overnight following an ethical lapse; yet integrity is not often practiced,” observed the media activist.  

The students discussed several topics pertinent to integrity which included the following:

Why is integrity important in our industry?

Examples where you did or didn’t act with integrity and how did it make you feel?

How to spread integrity?

How do we become integrity role models?

How to make integrity current?

How do we learn to forgive ourselves after integrity lapse?

Bloomberg wants to challenge other CPUT departments to host similar workshops in the near future.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.