Posts Tagged ‘integrity’

You Either Have Integrity Or You Don’t

June 30, 2009

I loved my job as operations manager for a small investment management firm. Numbers had always been a second language to me, and the work required me to be logical, methodical, and organized—useful traits which continue to serve me well.

Four years after my high school friend, Neil, had hired me, however, my calling came calling. I gradually became consumed with the idea of writing for a living. It wasn’t long before the work I was being paid to do no longer held my interest. I didn’t have a computer at home so I stayed after work to type my magazine articles and greeting card ideas on my work computer, an arrangement which Neil had approved.

Soon, however, my personal use of my work computer began spilling (more…)

Are Courage and Convictions Compatible?

June 4, 2009


Living with integrity means that you consider honesty your best friend. You understand that telling the truth—or what you perceive to be the truth—is a sacred obligation. 

We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.
            William James

While you are always prepared to speak the truth, you recognize the importance of discretion and timing.

If it is not truthful and not helpful, don’t say it.
If it is truthful and not helpful, don’t say it.
If it is not truthful and helpful, (more…)

Tom Terrific

December 2, 2008

Tom Gegax

When Tom Gegax asked me to help him write a comprehensive guide for small business owners, I jumped at the chance. Tom had founded Tires Plus, a regional chain of upscale tire stores that he built from scratch into a $200 million industry leader by the time he sold it in 2000. I had previously interviewed Tom for two magazine articles and a video and knew that we would work well together.

Tom was the all-too-rare CEO who “gets it.” Thirteen years earlier, in a six-month span, life had dealt him not one, not two, but three knockout blows. The one-two punch of divorce and cancer sent him reeling against the ropes, and a cash-crisis uppercut left him sprawled on the canvas. This triple trauma was a spiritual wake-up call that led him to reinvent both himself and his business. (more…)

Are You the Queen of Denial?

November 8, 2008

Have you seen this bumper sticker:


rodin-the-thinkerIt is one of the best questions you can ask yourself. To live with authenticity and integrity, you must be ferociously honest with yourself. It takes courage to peel away layer after layer of beliefs, behaviors, and assumptions and rigorously hold yourself accountable to life. If you choose to look away and (more…)

Completing the Circle With Chuck

August 9, 2008

sunset-over-roadIt was a beautiful March day. But when I picked up the phone I knew that somebody somewhere was dying. It was Ann Lutgen, an Allina Hospice coordinator. As a hospice volunteer and certified massage therapist, I get called when a terminally ill patient is in need of healing touch. “We have a fifty-eight-year-old man with lung cancer,” Ann said. “He’s having trouble breathing, which causes him to panic. His family thought massage might help.” “Sure, I can see him in the next few days,” I told her. “What’s his name?” When Ann said, “Charles Potuznik,” I froze. Oh, my God, I thought. That has to be Chuck.