If only this book had been published ten years ago... I would have avoided some regrettable hiring decisions, and one-sided friendships as well. It's the fairweather friend or colleague that trips us up -- the sunny disposition that turns surly when the forecast turns foul.
In Integrity -- The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality, Dr. Henry Cloud does an admirable job of defining the elements of character that either enable people to rise to the occasion -- or go down in flames.
Change changes everything: a stellar candidate becomes an underachiever (or a destructive force) in a crisis. Down-to-earth becomes Diva in the face of success. How do you gauge a person's capacity for change? Dr. Cloud illuminates how we can misjudge character: we see admirable traits (trust, concern for the greater good) as absolutes, when they may be conditional or situational.
By deconstructing our "gut instincts", Cloud has created a useful formula for evaluating relationships with potential employees, colleagues, friends -- even future mates. Although it is geared towards human behavior in the business world, Integrity's blueprint extends to human relationships in all aspects of life.