GDI Values

Integrity, Shared Values, Transparency, Trust


All four of these values are interlinked components of Good Organizational Governance and are the pillars of our concept a successful and sustainable organization. Each of them lend necessary support to long term credibility and survivability.


Integrity is an attribute of Trustworthiness, the strength of reliability and commitment to being True. It is necessary for the exercise of good judgement based upon recognized principle rather than dependent on rules, regulations, standard procedures and statutory compliance. Integrity supports alignment across activities and their drivers, and also the ability to be steady and maintain consistency in the face of challenge, anomalies, inconsistencies and even contradiction. 

Shared Values can be generated and visible where principle driven purpose is clearly and aggressively articulated at the corporate level, when those common principles are adhered to reliably across business units, and through a common vision for partnership that is demonstrated across sectors at every level.   

Transparency requires openness and accessibility of information, clarity of verbiage, and acknowledgment of relationships, linkages, and commitments. It implies accountability and an absence of barriers to information.

Trust is an essence of stakeholder relations. It is a necessary component for creativity and adaptability to emerge within the organization as the foundation of a safe space to stretch boundaries and take the risk of experimentation. It is also a fundamental precursor to organizational integrity and pursuit of the Good, to allow honest feedback and exchange of alternative ideas. It is a key to rapid decisions and implementation necessary for high performance in today's accelerated marketplace.

The intent of Govenance Dynamics Institute is to make available information and resources to promote and provoke discussion of primary elements of what it considers Good Governance Practice:
Ethical Decision Making
Stakeholder Engagement and Dialogue
Promoting Transparency
Creation of Safe Space for Creativity

Among the areas of these elements that have our initial focus are:

Ethical Decision Making

  • Code of Principles based Behaviors
  • Nurturing Trust, Integrity, and Trustworthiness
  • Integrated Communications Infrastructure
  • Consistent Rewards and Consequences

Stakeholder Engagement
Holistic Consideration of Relevant Stakeholders

  • Employees
  • Customers
  • Investors
  • Providers
  • Community


  • Open, Thoughtful, Accurate Communication Across Stakeholders


Safe Space for Creativity

  • Distributive Leadership
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Environment of Trust
  • Questioning Assumptions
  • Information Linkages across Systems
  • Containment of Anxiety

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