We think so. Over the years, we’ve prided ourselves on our ability to have fierce conversations based on the principles of honesty, integrity, and truth. This is not to say that feelings are completely overlooked or that we take a tack where the complete truth must told despite the personal cost. We do, however, believe in the value of speaking the truth, owning up to mistakes, and openly dealing with things that might, at first, be uncomfortable. What we’ve learned is that it’s preferable to deal with difficult issues early, as the longer they linger the worse things become.
We believe that our clients and friends appreciate this frankness. We believe this is one of the many reasons that they continue working with us, some for many years. As a result, our commitment to maintaining our integrity grows stronger with time. So when I saw this quote from President Eisenhower today, it rang completely true and I felt compelled to share it:
“The supreme quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is a section gang, on a football field, in an army, or in an office. If his associates find him guilty of phoniness, if they find that he lacks forthright integrity, he will fail. His teachings and actions must square with each other.”
The first great need, therefore, is integrity and high purpose.”
—Dwight D. Eisenhower