Establishing Your Code Of Ethics - Verbal To Visual - Sketch It Out - Doug Neill, sketchnoting, visual note-taking, todd henry, die empty

Establishing Your Code Of Ethics

If your values aren’t reflected in your actions, those values don’t mean much.

One way to close that gap between your stated values and your daily actions is by establishing a code of ethics, as Todd Henry describes in his book Die Empty.

I recently finished that book, and what I like about it is the comprehensive framework that Todd provides around the purpose of the book, which is to help you unleash your best work every day so that you don’t go to your grave with your best work still inside you.

One of the most useful pieces of that overall framework is a morning check-in process to help you get aligned before you start your day. Let’s explore that check-in process, and then dig deeper into the idea of establishing your own code of ethics.

The Morning Check-In

Todd uses the acronym E.M.P.T.Y. to capture the five components of this daily check-in process:

Establishing Your Code Of Ethics - Verbal To Visual - Sketch It Out - Doug Neill, sketchnoting, visual note-taking, todd henry, die empty

Establishing Your Code Of Ethics - Verbal To Visual - Sketch It Out - Doug Neill, sketchnoting, visual note-taking, todd henry, die empty, mission

Establishing Your Code Of Ethics - Verbal To Visual - Sketch It Out - Doug Neill, sketchnoting, visual note-taking, todd henry, die empty, people

Establishing Your Code Of Ethics - Verbal To Visual - Sketch It Out - Doug Neill, sketchnoting, visual note-taking, todd henry, die empty, tasks

Establishing Your Code Of Ethics - Verbal To Visual - Sketch It Out - Doug Neill, sketchnoting, visual note-taking, todd henry, die empty, you

To fully benefit from this process there’s quite a bit of foundational work that you’ll need to do first. The book will help with that, but I do want to explore one piece in depth here: your ethics.

Establishing Your Code Of Ethics

The goal in establishing a code of ethics is to get specific enough so that those ethics have a tangible impact on your daily actions.

To give you a sense of what your code of ethics could sound like, I’ll share those that Todd outlines in his book, and then I’ll share my own.

First, here are Todd’s:

Establishing Your Code Of Ethics - Verbal To Visual - Sketch It Out - Doug Neill, sketchnoting, visual note-taking, todd henry, die empty

For mine, I chose two-word titles to try to add a little more resonance and impact:

Establishing Your Code Of Ethics - Verbal To Visual - Sketch It Out - Doug Neill, sketchnoting, visual note-taking, todd henry, die empty, mindful engagement

Establishing Your Code Of Ethics - Verbal To Visual - Sketch It Out - Doug Neill, sketchnoting, visual note-taking, todd henry, die empty, unconditional empathy

Establishing Your Code Of Ethics - Verbal To Visual - Sketch It Out - Doug Neill, sketchnoting, visual note-taking, todd henry, die empty, infinite curiousty

Establishing Your Code Of Ethics - Verbal To Visual - Sketch It Out - Doug Neill, sketchnoting, visual note-taking, todd henry, die empty, ruthless focus

I’m happy with that code of ethics, but I’ve yet to see how it will impact my daily actions over a long period of time.

So that’s what’s next for me – I’ve gathered all of the sketches shown above into a single envelope, and each morning, after I’ve made a plan for my day, I’ll pull it out and work through that check-in process and review my code of ethics so that I can bring my best self to my work.

If living life with intention is one of your goals, then I think you’d enjoy establishing your own code of ethics and using them to help guide your daily actions.

Best of luck with that journey. I’ll keep you updated on how mine goes.

-Doug

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