Alaska Professional Guide Ethics and Authenticity, they go together, not like bread and butter but more, like yeast and bread. Without authenticity, an Alaska Professional Guide’s ethics would come into question.
Guide Ethics and Authenticity
As one of only two Alaska Guide Training programs recognized and approved by the state of Alaska, leadership is the highest priority, everyday.
The lessons I have learned, the wonderful and insightful leaders I have met, have taken my own leadership capabilities and effectiveness as well as my own understanding, and moved forward in leaps and bounds.
WHO ARE YOU … WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING?
When I read that, for the first time, I immediately thought back to last year, 2012, at that time, I was finishing the Alaska Professional Guide Ethics class that I had been asked, by the Alaska Commercial Services Board and the Alaska Big Game Guide board, to create and implement.
That is exactly what the Professional Guide Ethics class is about. “Who are you, when no one is looking?”
Guide Ethics and Authenticity
If the difference between ethical and unethical was the same as the difference between legal and illegal behavior, what is ethical and what is not would certainly be easier to understand.
Authenticity refers to the truthfulness of origins, attributions, commitments, sincerity, devotion, and intentions.
“Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
Simply put, Ethical behavior is behavior that is accepted as good, rather than bad and right rather than wrong.
As easily to understand, being authentic is not only saying and sharing the right things, but living them. Walking the Talk.
“No one man can, for any considerable time, wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one.”
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
Ethics. It is the blood that runs through a Professional Guide of Alaska.
Authenticity. Is delivering what you promise.
The field of Ethics (or moral philosophy) involves systematizing, defending and recommending concepts of right and wrong behavior.
“Doing what is right when no one is looking.” ~ Henry Ford
“Who are you, when no one is looking?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’
‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.
‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’
‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’
‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
~ Margery Williams, from The Velveteen Rabbit
Are you interested in becoming an Alaska Professional Guide? If so, you may want to ask yourself, “Who are you, when no one is looking?”