- WINNERS NEVER CHEAT
Courtesy: Stalin, Mumbai
Extracts From: WINNERS NEVER CHEAT - Even in Difficult Times
(Author: Jon M. Huntsman)
CEO of Huntsman Corporation which started in 1970, by 2000 had become the world’s largest privately held chemical company and America’s biggest family-owned and operated business.
* Circumstances may change but your values shouldn’t.
* Happiness is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.
* Times change, situations change, lives change, technology changes. Situations may be altered; basic values must not.
The simplest rules of good behavior injected into us as children, like vaccines, become the prompts for ethical behavior as adults.
* Forget about who finishes first and who finishes last. Decent, honorable people finish races - and their lives – in grand style and with respect.
* The right-wrong indicator light continues to flash all the same. We might not ask, but the compass tells.
* Ethical behavior is to business competition what sportsmanship is to athletic contests.
* Your reputation is how others perceive you. Character is how you act when no one is watching.
* Leaders can come in different forms and flavors, but core elements rarely vary: talent, integrity, courage, vision, commitment, empathy, humility, and confidence.
* Individuals may know well what is right and what is wrong but fail to act decisively because they lack the courage their values require.
* Be prepared to stand against the crowd when their moral values are challenged. They must ignore criticism and taunts if pursuing a right and just route. Courage is the first of the human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.
* Regardless of who is holding the compass, or how they are holding it, or what time of day it happens to be, north is always north and south is always south.
* One man with courage makes a majority.
* Stand for what is right, not what is popular.
* Revenge is counterproductive. Some even seek to restore old relationships. The ultimate payback is your success.
* 70 percent of the people who leave their jobs do so because they do not feel valued. That’s an indictment of how shabbily many executives and directors treat employees. People need to be appreciated, trusted and respected in every segment of their lives.
* There is no such thing as a Midas touch. The realities of this world are hard work, preparation, negotiation, determination, commitment, honesty and charity.
* Donations don’t always have to be money. In many ways, time is more precious than dollars. Giving of one’s time, lending one’s stature and providing one’s expertise can be as meaningful as money. Leaders ought to set aside time for volunteer or public service work.
* Ethical values are child’s play, not rocket science.
As I meet people who question if business can be done with honesty and integrity, I send them a copy of this book to remind them that the answer is “yes,” not only can it be done, it is being done.
- Foreword by CNN’s Glenn Beck
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